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Chanell Saunders Forde

July 13, 2018

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If you read my last blog, you will know that I am completely obsessed with the Fiat 500. From its retro looks to its fun and exciting energy, I love everything about them. When I purchased my first Fiat 500 at the beginning of this year, I had my heart set on one in a gorgeous Mint Green colour, but unfortunately, funds at the time meant this stayed a dream – and I got my hands on a white one, but still gorgeous none-the-less. However, after only a few short months with my first car – and after a health check, it turned out it was on its way out and I knew I had to go back to the drawing board, to look for a new one

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Out with the old and in with the new

The health check on my car brought up many problems with my little Fiat. My timing belt was on its way out which (from what I’ve gathered) meant that the engine of my car could break at any time – which is worrying, to say the least. I knew it was time to consider my options. Do I want to get my car fixed or do I want to get my hands on a newer one? Now, whilst I loved my first ever Fiat, I decided it was probably In my best interest that I part with my car and go for a newer one – unfortunately it did have very high mileage so I knew it wouldn’t last much longer regardless. So I was back at square one – with no car, and not a huge amount of money to spend on one, but I knew I needed a car with low mileage – because I had to get my money’s worth this time. Now, remember my dream from earlier on? I decided to have a look at the car market for a new car which meant one thing and one thing only – Hello, Mint Green Dream!

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Taking the plunge

Now, call it fat or call me psychic, but I think a part of me knew my car was on its last legs, because around a week before the service, I had an urge to start looking for a new car. And just like the first time I was looking, I came across a new Fiat 500 Lounge… and I’ll give you 3 guesses as to what colour it was!

Unfortunately, cars don’t come cheap – and I didn’t have the money to buy this one straight out. I had always said I wanted to avoid a finance option, but working it out, I could cover monthly payments with ease and it meant I didn’t have to worry about buying another banger. I did look into getting a bank loan, but this worked out as more money in the long run! Was I really about to do this!?

Unlike last time, I decided to discuss my options with my  mum and stepdad, who have a lot more experience than me on cars, and what it all really means (to be honest with you, I couldn’t see past the gorgeous colour!) Whilst my mum wasn’t convinced straight away, my stepdad was.  After sending photos and details of the car I was looking at, he agreed it was a good idea and if I had budgeted correctly, I should go for it. And just like that, I called the dealership to put down a deposit!

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The buying processes

This time around, buying my car seemed a bit more stressful than before. I’d found my Mint Green Dream in a dealership online, so it meant there was only one of them in stock. When I called to put the deposit down, the company said to me that the car had already been reserved and my mint green dream was over. Great, back to square one. That was until the next day, when the dealership called me and said the car was no longer reserved and if I wanted it – it was mine (to reserve at least, I had to be accepted for finance first!) So after a few tears, headaches, -and a phone call from the car company saying I have been accepted for finance, the stress soon turned into excitement!

It was 2 days later that I received a video of my car with someone explaining that my car is now in transportation and will be with me within a week!  Is this really happening?! My dream, finally becoming a reality?  Needless to say, a week later made my way down to the dealership to get my hands on my dream car! When I saw it I couldn’t believe it the smooth mint green colour was so shiny and I certainly had the new car feeling I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the car keys to go on my first drive!

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What’s the difference?

Aside from the colour, there are so many different features in my new car from my old. Whilst my first 500 Cabriolet was great, the gloomy weather meant I never really had the opportunity to have my roof down, so it was almost a pointless feature for me. My new Fiat 500 Lounge is very different. There are so many features I love, and wouldn’t think I needed until I had them. My new 500 tells me when my tyres pressure is low, which is great because I’m super forgetful! The panoramic roof allows in so much more light, too – so it has a brighter and happier feel overall.

Making the right decision

At the time, buying my first Fiat 500 was the right decision. I needed a car, it fit within budget and it got me from A to B nicely for a good few months, but when it was slowly on its way out, I knew I needed something that would last me much longer this time. Perhaps I was too hasty in my first decision, but you live and learn. I won’t lie, I do miss my little convertible (I hardly ever put the roof down, but it’s nice to know you’ve got the option to) but my new car is the one I’ve really been waiting for.

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All’s well that ends well

Every time I get in my car, I honestly don’t want to get out again. I am so happy with my choice and taking the plunge to get the car I have dreamed of for a long time now. My mint green dream is my pride and joy – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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By Chanell Saunders Forde

'I love driving because it’s given me so much freedom to visit new places and of course, because I love my car. I’m so excited to have a new career working within the car industry.'  See more posts by Chanell

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