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As most of first car owners, it's difficult to start with brand new cars, in my case my first car is (as I have no plans of selling it), a 1993 Toyota Corolla sedan. Bought on 2012, the car already was 19 years old when it got to our family, right now it's 26 years old, which makes it older than me (I'm currently 21). The car itself does not have anything special, just as any other Corolla, it was used as a daily for most of its life and I'll probably will be used as such until the day it finally dies.

I believe most car owners will relate to the idea that your first car will always be your first glimpse of freedom and independence. This car was that for me and a little more. I live in Costa Rica, just as this small country is, travelling within it is pretty easy, and either by bus or hitchhiking can be a wonderful experience. However, when it comes to having your own means of transportation and the freedom of logistic a car can offer, the country becomes a playground for you.

I have explored most of this country after I bought the car from my mom back in 2017. Since then, it has been my best travel companion, even after it broke down on me, had a flat tire and crash. This car, after all the trouble it had gone just for the sake of my whims has left me amazed by the quality of a Toyota.

Right now as I write this, I'm expecting to get it back from the workshop as my last crash left it a little scar but still running. It was during this time without my car that I realized how much this car means for me. It could be only metal and electronics for some. But the idea of it goes beyond that. As some have advised me to sell it, I have decided to give this car a honorable death, as I believe I'll probably will be its last owner.

After I get it back, I'm planning on getting it fixed up mechanically (as a 26 years old car will always have electrical issues) and in the next 3 or 4 years will be modifying its exterior. A little more rugged probably so it matches with its environment. This car will go down with honor, probably burning down in a desert in Mexico or something like that, because, I believe that if we don't give these "material things" the honor they deserve, all we are doing is underestimating all the effort that we put to have them.

As Queen puts it: Cars don't talk back they're just four wheeled friends now.
1993 Toyota Corolla (Green)


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