Well, yesterday, I had to trade vehicles. The Cadillac, which had been a great car up until a month or so ago, started having some issues and was on the verge of becoming unreliable. I didn’t really want to trade but felt like I had to move while the Cadillac still had decent trade value. I’m now the proud owner of a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. I was hoping for a Camry for the fuel mileage, but we couldn’t get close enough on numbers to keep me in my comfort zone.
The Santa Fe is my first ever SUV, and after the luxury of the Cadillac, it will take some getting used to. This isn’t my first Hyundai, however. Back in 1990, when I started college, the first car I purchased on my own was an 88 Hyundai Excel, one of their first models. My friends used to tease me mercilessly about that car (I’m looking at you Ferg), but I got nearly 200,000 miles out of it. I’m hoping the Santa Fe is just as durable because I don’t want to trade again for a few years.
I also want to thank Heath Tatum at Rusty Wallace Toyota in Morristown for helping me find a decent vehicle that fit into my budget. He went above and beyond for me, and I appreciate all the work he put into finding the right fit. Heath’s a good friend and one of my favorite people in this world, even if he is a Kentucky Wildcat. Thanks, Heath. I appreciate you, brother.