Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our car - Grey Gracie

This is our car, our grey Mazda CX-7 that has come with us all the way across the Atlantic ocean. We bought her (yes it is a her, all cars like boats are female always) the first week that we moved to Alabama. Being car-less in Alabama is just not an option at all. We had a rental car the first week but that quite quickly becomes expensive so one of our first priorities was to buy our selfs a car. C had done quite a lot of research and thinking about different cars already before we moved to the US. He really is into cars so this was something that he gave a lot of thought. I also remember the trouble about moving to the US when we did not have any kind of credit history and how we were getting totally outrageous credit offers. In the end we decided that the smartest thing was to use our savings that we had and try to build a credit history as soon as possible.

So we bought Grace. Yes that is her name. We have always had the tradition to give our cars names where the first letter starts with the same letter as the color of the car. So that is why it became Grace because she is grey. Grey Grace :-)
She has been with us all over the south and now she is here with us in Sweden and for the first time covered with both snow and frost. She is doing very well here and she has no problem with the great amounts of snow with her snow tires on and being a four-wheel drive car. We feel very safe driving her.

She does not miss the bumpy roads of Alabama and the pot holes both on the smaller roads as well as all the ones on I-65. However, she gets very dirty here with all the snow. But C takes very good care of here, washing her every other week or so. In Alabama cars just don´t get dirty the way the do here. Even if it rains heavily there it still is not the same as the snow and the slush that really makes cars so dirty here during winter months.

Our Alabama "A" is very nice to have even if we never turned out to be big fotball
fans. American fotball is just so complicated and neither one of us is very interested in watching sports on tv. So mostly we got the A just because it stands for Alabama. We also figured that if someone from Alabama ever saw this sticker here they would not pass by it silently. At least they would probably smile and exclaim "Roll Tide". In Alabama we had a small Swedish flag instead and sometimes we happened to see other cars with Swedish flags and it is a great way to run into other Swedes just like the A here would be a good way to run into someone from Alabama.

We had to buy a new navigator. The one that we had in the US just did not want to be with us any longer after C had played around with it trying to install the European maps on it from his computer. The screen suddenly turned black and it just died. For a while we hesitated about buying a new one. We first decided that we would not need one as it was possible to down load a free copy of some kind to our smart phones. That navigator worked for a while or at least it worked fine for the short distances that we used it for around Stockholm. We did not use it a lot to be honest. Then when we were driving up north to Sälen and needed a navigator the one that we had down loaded to our phones proved to be completely unreliable. It kept loosing it´s signal and also it just went crazy several times and lead us in all kinds of directions except for the right one. So after the trip to Sälen we decided to get a new proper navigator and I am happy we did.
It is just so hard to park here. It seems like parking spot and the garage where we keep Gracie is not made for this kind of car size. It really is not easy to park. I had to spend quite some time practicing before I managed to get into this parking spot. It still makes me nervous the few times I know I will have to park her on my own. It is kind of funny because this is considered a small car in the US and here it just feels huge! When I am out drivning I always look for the parking spots that are located at the end of the parking lots where there are less cars and more space. I rather walk a longer distance than try to squeeze into a tiny parking place. It feel great having her here with us.

5 comments:

Katarina said...

Ja, Grace har verkligen varit med om ett och annat. Det var ju toppen att det gick bra att ta med henne till Sverige, även om händige C. fix greja lite med henne innan besiktningen, som hon klarade!

Att vara utan bil i USA,, hmm.. man kommer ju ingenstans, ja, kanske i NY. om man bor så till att man kan använda sig av tunnelbanan. Men annars är det en omöjlighet. Det insåg jag när vi bodde i Duluth, Georgia.

I USA är bilmodellerna modell STORA och att sean hamna i ett svenskt parkerings garage, ja, då prövas verkligen ens förmåga att fickparkera.

Kram

mittlivsomfransyska said...

Allt är relativt! En svensk volvo får inte plats på parkeringarna här i Frankrike, utan sticker ut minst en meter i bak! Jag blir riktigt avundsjuk när jag ser att ni har plats att öppna dörrarna på båda sidor efter att ni har parkerat bilen - det har man sällan här... Jag har en C3 citroen och den är en riktig knubbis som tar upp hela parkeringsplatsen här.

Desiree said...

Katarina, ja hon har fått vara med om ett och annat och även fått se väldigt olika platser. Att vara utan bil i USA kanske möjligtvis funkar i vissa storstäder men inte alls i södern eller på mindre orter. Man kommer inte ens ifrån gatan där man bor om man inte har bil. Vi kunde inte ens ta oss till närmsta butik eller bensinmack utan bil.Jag tar det väldigt försiktigt då jag ska parkera. Det får ta sin tid för det går inte att skynda då man ska in i denna lilla parkingsruta.
Kram!

Mittlivsomfransyska, så interessant att det alltså finns ännu mindre plats i Frankrike. Jag trodde inte att det fanns ännu mindre plats på andra ställen. Det gäller alltså att ha en liten bil om man bor nere på kontinenten. Usch fickparkera är jag dålig på så jag skulle antigen få lära mig det eller så skulle vi få köpa en betydligt mindre bil om vi flyttar neråt på europeiska kontinenten.
Kram!

Annika said...

Grace, the southern belle, har anpassat sig bra till Svedala!! Kanske bättre än förarna? ;-)
Sant, det är omöjligt att vara utan bil i USA såvida man inte bor i städerna, där är det ju en annan sak. Så fort man kommer ut i burbsen, där jag bor, blir bilen ett MÅSTE! Jag skulle inte kunna leva utan min bil, och vi måste ju ha varsin, peter o jag.
Ja, visst är det skillnad på p-platserna hemma och här, och på vägarna. Här är de så breda, hemma ofta så smala...
Jag skulle vara jättenervös att parkera på er p-plats med den där pelaren...ISCH!!
Glad att ni har er Grace. Mazda är ju erkänt BRA!! OCh tänk om ni tagit hem en Suburban eller en stor TRUCK istället. HAHAHAHA!!! Då hade ni fått stora problem, för att inte tala om hur dyrt det blivit att tanka upp...
PUST!!
KRAMAR!!!

Anna, Fair and True said...

Antar att den drar en del soppa också och inte bara har det trångt i garaget? ;) Sverige har dock de största bilarna i Europa annars. Fast parkeringsplatserna är nog inte anpassade till det.