Shortly after arriving in Napier, Joe and I spent an afternoon walking from dealership to dealership looking at nasty, smelly, sketchy used cars. I missed my little 2000 Honda CRV back home. Still going strong! The kids I babysit for in the states used to say they loved its "old car smell". I can't say I necessarily agree. But the used cars Joe and I were smelling far exceeded the slight hint of mildew that lingered in my trusty Honda. I know it’s only for a year, but I wanted something that just felt right – safe, clean, reliable, maybe a little outdoorsy; we are in New Zealand after all. The first car we saw was a 1998 Subaru Legacy. I loved it. Tan leather interior = no old car smell. And only one previous owner. I didn’t dwell on it because I knew it wouldn't fit in our little shoebox of a garage.
Well after an hour or 2 of searching, the Subaru was still secretly calling me. Joe admitted he really liked it too. So we headed back to the dealership and asked if we could test drive it… aka drive it home to see if we could fit in our garage. It fit. Sold!! ☺ So we're the proud owners of a new (old) non-smelly car. (And then the panic set in as I realized I'd have to learn to "keep left".)
I think we shall call our Subaru Legacy station wagon, Murray. My friend Maddie originally suggested this name to me, in reference to Brett and Jermain's agent on Flight of the Concords. And when I saw the beautiful beigey (I know, not a real word) color scheme of our new (old) car, it reminded me of Murray's beigey wardrobe. Murray it is. I look forward to the many adventures Murray will lead us on!