This is Fez a 2005 Scion xA. I didn’t even know what a Scion xA was until the day I took my daughter Allie out car hunting for her first car. She was dead set on learning how to drive on a manual, even though I told her they are a pain in the ass. We drove around the Springs looking and finally came across this gem. The price was right and she loved it. Okay she loved it then, but after many hours learning to drive manual in a church parking lot, she finally confessed she was no longer in love with Fez : (
We talked about it and decided the best thing to do was to sell it. No sense having a car you don’t enjoy especially your very first car. I spent a couple days cleaning, waxing, and getting it ready to sell on craigslist. Something slowly happened during that process and I started to get a bit attached to old Fez. That’s what Allie had named it. I started thinking about it more and more. At the time I had my 2000 Chevy truck plus my 2009 Subaru Impreza. My truck was… ah my truck. I had used it quite a bit in the past for remodels and rental type work, but lately it was just used for fun little cruises to Walmart and back home. I enjoyed rolling down the windows and cruising around town. And as far as my Subaru went it was old dependable. Great in the snow, fun to drive, and a very sensible car to own in Colorado.
What got me thinking about keeping Fez was I was still making payments on my Subaru of $310 monthly and paying about $60 a month on the truck for insurance even though I hardly even drove it. Now if you know my current situation you know I’m digging myself out of debt.. a lot of debt. Fez was already paid for and not having to pay an extra $370 for bills started to actually make financial sense. Now there’s something that doesn’t come out my mouth to often – financial sense. Why was I making a $310 car payment each month when I’m in debt? It seemed like the logical thing to do at the time. I’ve got two kids and we needed a dependable car.
The things is though I don’t even commute to work I work from home! Maybe it also had to do with what would “society” think of this divorced dad driving around in a clown car piece of shit. Well that thinking didn’t really help me make my $310 monthly payments did it? The more I drove Fez the bigger the smile I got on my face. Yes it was small. Yes it looked like a clown car, but you know what I realized I could be smiling all the way to the bank and pay off my debt along the way. I don’t know why I didn’t listen to Dave Ramsey 2 years ago and just sell my shit and buy a car I could afford.
As you can see I’m still learning as I grow!
“Once you go Fez you never go back” – from That 70s Show
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