Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Wheels

While we had planned the old car clear out well, it occurred to me only last night to clear the sat nav of favourite addresses, address history and favourite radio stations. R thanked me profusely for thinking of that.

We were to collect our new car at 11.30 yesterday. I wanted a couple of things at the shops and so we decided to go early to Bay Street, Port Melbourne, have brunch (I was good with a ham, tomato and onion sandwich. R was bad with pastie. Our goodness alternates). I pulled out a supermarket bag from my backpack to put into what I had bought and then it started. You are not going into that new car showroom to collect our new car carrying a supermarket shopping bag. I could have put what I bought into my backpack I suppose but as R said, as we are way too early, so we went home and out again to pick up the new car without a shopping bag, or my backpack loaded.

Gee, I thought I cared about what people thought of me, well I did when I was younger, but R is worse than me.

Everyone was so nice at the car dealership. Our hand over person was openly gay, to us at least, and is about to marry his partner and next year they will have two babies. Yes, it is complicated. The hand over took about an hour.

He explained how many things in the car work, which went in one ear and out the other. Then it was time for the photo shoot. This is how you are presented with your new car. You can take photos and upload them to the dealership FB or Insta. It was all quite a nice experience. The new bow tying person, although straight, is quite good at putting the ribbon on and does it with style, as we were told. The last person was hopeless, so the hand over person told us, and he used to fix up the ribbon himself.


On the way we stopped off to take photos of our soon to be no longer our car. Some cars we have named, like the one of our Mazdas we called Masada and my Humber Super Snipe was called Archie, R's VW Beetle was Bluey because it was blue, but we never named this one. Goodbye One Credit and Six General Practitioners.







However the new car has already been named Letitia as the number plate begins with 1QL, 1 Queen Letitia. Was she an Islander Queen or something? Maybe a Spanish Queen? I came up with something quite vulgar for the last letter and numbers. But it is an easy way to remember your car registration number. More to come about the new car, I suppose.

We drove along the beach to Elwood, parked and bought an ice cream and then drove back home with a couple of stops along to way to check and adjust things and change drivers. The two cars don't look so different in photos but the CX5 is somewhat bigger.


Oh damn, out of focus and I should have taken the photo from higher up. He was hot.

38 comments:

  1. Wow.
    MUCH more ceremony than we picked up our new car (which took less than ten minutes).
    I don't think any of our cars have ever been named.

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  2. We got a bottle of champagne. I wondered about asking to forgo all the ceremony and have the price reduced by £50. Are you now having to get used to an electric handbrake?

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    1. Tasker, yes, the electric brake is taking time to become used to. I think it is intuitive, pull it up to put it on, push down to put it off, but I think it goes off automatically when you press the accelerator.

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  3. Beautiful car! May you have many enjoyable and safe miles in her!!

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  4. Wonderful. My car is Sapphie. I always name my cars, lol. My fave was Strawbella, I even got a good price for her when I sold her.

    Safe and happy driving to you and R.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Strawbella is a classic, WWW. Thanks.

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  5. Is the first picture Queen Letitia and the bow person? Very nice. Sounds like some serious customer service.

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    1. Sandra, no. Just an anon who was picking up her new car. And no tip required for such good service.

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  6. Gorgeous new car! I call Steve's Mazda bt50 The Beast mainly because the brakes have a real bite to them.

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    1. Cheryl, yep, I know the BT50. There are a few around. Thanks.

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  7. Congratulations on the purchase of Queen Letitia. Hope it runs a long time for you!

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    1. Thank you Strayer. I shouldn't feel guilty about being able to afford a brand new card after forty year of slogging shift work, but I know how the world would benefit by you have a new and appropriated car.

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  8. What a happy moment but a sad moment at the same time saying goodbye to the other vehicle. We've done this a few times now and I never find it any easier. I get very attached to my/our vehicles.

    The Other Half will tell you his current vehicle is very technological and in fact can drive itself for the most part, using radar to keep a certain distance from the car in front. I never use those features but he adores them.

    My little car which I've had from new will be ten years old next year. She hasn't done too many kms during that time because most of the places we go are very close to home but if I need to go somewhere she takes me, and she plays music for me while we go. :)

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    1. Snoskred, we were on a freeway today as it was Mother Day and I absolutely loved the adaptive cruise control. I was having to concentrate so little, I nearly drifted off, but the lane warning departure woke me just as the drowsy driver alert did.

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  9. New cars come with a bow on them???
    R should hope he never has to walk with me, I sometimes carry bags with Salvos or Cheap as Chips on them and I don't care one bit who looks askance at me.
    So your new car is black?

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    1. River, I am with you. I don't care about carrying shopping bags. The new car is in the last two photos, a light silver.

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  10. My family name is Letitia! Granny started it, her first name was Letitia, my mum was Kathleen Letitia, my cousin is called Margaret Letitia Winifred, named after her granny and two god mothers and another cousin is Emma Leticia. I also name my cars. Suzi Su was a Suzuki that got bashed by a Hungarian juggernaut. The new Toyota is Toya Wilcox, named after a 70's punk singer!

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    1. Annie, I really like Suzi Su.

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  11. Brand new car. WOW! I would be terrified to drive it. With the amount of traffic and obstacles on our roads it is impossible to avoid bumps and scratches. There again that might be my driving!

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    1. Marie, the most terrifying thing was driving the old car after we signed for the new one. World of pain if it got banged up.

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  12. Is your new car silver also Andrew? Drive safe!
    Btw it has returned to winter here in Perth, so cold today, storms, hail stones the lot.. same tomorrow, I looooove it 💦💦

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    1. Yes, Grace, as in the last couple of photos. I am looking forward to getting your weather here tomorrow.

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  13. Congratulations Andrew, enjoy it. Did your car also have a bow?
    I associate Letitia with the current Spanish queen (her name is spelled with a z though) but it's a nice name for a car.

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    1. Sami, it did, and R's photo was posted on the car sales place's FB, much to his embarrassment. I said no. Thanks for the queen info.

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  14. Queen Letizia is the present queen of Spain, as Sami noted above.

    Letitia is a feminine given name, of latin origin meaning "joy, gladness". The name Letitia has many variants, including but not limited to: Leatitia (Latin), Laeta (Latin), Letja (Dutch), Latizia (Italian), Leticia (Spanish), Letisya (Turkish) and Letisha (American). The name Letitia first appeared in the form Lettice in medieval England and is derived from the Roman goddess Laetitia of gaiety, symbolic of happiness, prosperity and abundance.

    I hope your "Letitia" brings you much joy and gladness...and willingly agrees to carry your supermarket shopping bags! :)

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    1. Great name lesson Lee, thank you. Joy and gladness. I like it.

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  15. Hope you get a lot of miles out of your new car and many happy trips in it.
    Safe Travels.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Thanks Dora. I am sure we will.

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  16. Handsome looking car, bet it goes!
    Love the name..
    Was hot waiting in Beach Street Thursday for the boat...
    Have kept an eye on your blog, like your holiday photos etc..
    Safe driving.

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    1. Margaret, with a heavier body and the same sized engine, it isn't a great performer but we don't really care about that. Yes, it was hot Thursday and worse today. Thanks and pleased to know you are home.

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  17. Wow! It's always cool to get a new car, but can I tell you how impressed I am about that bow???(lol) I mean, can you imagine putting that on and having it look so perfect? Congrats on the new ride, and happy, happy birthday today! May your day be as special as you are. Hugs, RO

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    1. Thanks RO. Sandra forgot my birthday, so it was a belated birthday wish for a couple of weeks ago.

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  18. Nice broad bare shoulders on that guy in that last picture. As for the car, very nice, too.

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    1. Kirk, everything about him was nice. Maybe early thirties.

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  19. Congratulations to your new car ! Looks very chic ! We had als got our car with a huge red ribbon and a bottle of Champagne ! In the beginning it's always a bit stressful to learn where everything is and Mr.G had troubles with the screen which appears when you drive backwards !

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    1. Gattina, champers as well! Oh the screen, well we are used to it from our last car, but the tech things are mind boggling.

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