Our 1984 Honda Shuttle which had served us faithfully for fourteen years failed its warrant this week. The cost of repair meant it was more economical to bid it farewell and buy something different. We toyed with the idea of a Suzuki, but eventually decided on a 2006 Toyota Vitz, “new to New Zealand”, i.e. a recent import. Of course I hankered for a car that was pink or purple, but this one is silver, so it matches the cat!
The challenge for me is getting used to driving an automatic car, something I haven’t done for thirty years. I used to love having an automatic in Auckland traffic, and I’ll soon get used to this. It’s not so much that my foot seeks a clutch, but rather that my hand is inclined to seek a gear stick. What I really like is having central locking, a radio (and cd player) that works, and the fact that it’s all shiny and tidy. Now it just needs a name. As Star Trek fans we were happy to refer to “The Shuttle”, but “The Vitz” doesn’t have quite the same connotations.
“It’s fun to have a modern car
and with this one we could go far.”