My First Car A 1962 Chevy Belair “The Black Beauty” Written by Sue DeFiore
My first car was a extraordinary black, 2 door 1962 Chevy Belair with blue vinyl seats, which I nicknamed “The Black Beauty”! I mean she shined beautifully when polished. There is nothing like a black car highly polished! It also didn’t hurt to have those 8 cylinders and that great 283 workhorse engine that Chevy put in it! And all for bargain price of $400! Five years later I sold it for same price!
Like many of my generation, we normally got cars for our graduation. I was lucky, as my dad worked for Rolls Royce and head mechanic there, Johnny T was selling this fantastic car. Now this wasn’t just any 1962 Chevy Belair. Since Johnny T was an avid fisherman and didn’t want to ruin upholstery he covered cloth upholstery with a blue vinyl one. Johnny also put in all instrumentation needed on inside of car, oil and temp gauge, and tach. He also installed a blinker system, so blinkers were on hood. The final coupe de grace was putting Rolls Royce seat belts in car. Since Johnny was a great mechanic and of course, did all his own work, when he sold us car he included extra tires and all materials to keep brakes up to par for many years to come.
I can remember my first drive in car. I pulled out of my drive way and drove over to park a couple blocks away, too, of course, show it off to all my friends.
I cleaned Black Beauty every weekend from top to bottom. My Saturday morning ritual was cleaning inside, and then washing it. I waxed it once a month. My dad went and got me a 8 track cassette for it (yes, I know I just dated myself; for those of you who don’t know what an 8 track is, think CD player of today)! Unfortunately my poor baby was broken into a couple of times when they stole my 8 track and some very nasty person slit front seat. Bad enough they took my 8 track and tapes, least they could have done is left seat alone. So, yes there were bad eggs around then too!
Researching Vehicles OnlineWritten by Amber Lowery
The purchase of a new car is a serious investment. It is best that you do your homework before purchasing a new vehicle, to avoid ending up with a vehicle thats overpriced or just not right for your needs. Luckily, with help of internet, you can do all of your research directly online from comfort of your home.
Your first goal should be to figure out what type of vehicle is right for your family. Are you looking for a sports car, or do you have children and need a sedan, minivan or SUV? You need to consider how many seats you need and how much storage space for cargo.
With todays rising gas prices, you may want to opt for most fuel efficient type of vehicle. In other words, carefully compare difference in gas mileage between two types of vehicles before choosing one thats right for you. A sedan will likely use much less gas than a minivan, and if you dont need extra seats or cargo room, you can save a significant ammount of fuel cost over lifetime of a vehicle. Minivans and SUV's use similar ammounts of gas, depending on size of vehicle. A mini SUV may be a good choice over a full size SUV, saving you money every time you fill up at pumps.