Hello my loves,
Uh…busy weekend. A few days ago I decided I wanted a new car and two days later I’d…bought a Range Rover.
I can’t believe it. It’s arriving on Saturday and it still doesn’t feel real that I, 23 year old Chloe, have bought a RANGE ROVER. I literally cannot sleep because I am so excited, I feel like a kid at Christmas. Please expect this post to be full of me screaming and rambling and saying the word Range Rover 80,000 times because I still cannot believe this is real. It feels like a dream.
Ever since I can remember my dream car has been a Range Rover, they’re just…insane. Considering how small I seem to be in the grand scheme of things a Range Rover is the last thing I should be driving but I’ve always always loved 4×4 / SUV type cars, with the Range Rover being my favourite.
When I passed my test 4 years ago (blog post here) I bought a Fiat 500 Riva as my first car, it was brand new, limited edition and I was so proud of myself for it. I swear I did a blog post on it but I literally cannot find it anywhere so who knows. I bought a Fiat because the car I’d been driving around in with my little L plates on was also a Fiat 500 and they’re just really easy little cars to drive – I thought it was a nice way to ease myself into driving properly as I’d only passed my test a few months before. As I apparently never did a post on my Riva, I’ll talk about it here. It’s based on a Yacht (don’t ask me which one) and is sold as “the smallest yacht in the world” – it was Fiat’s anniversary at the time I went to buy the car and so they had limited editions available with the Riva being one of them and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it straight away. (pics below are of course from Google)
It’s funny, because the same thing that happened with my Range Rover (I still cannot believe I am saying that) happened with my Riva, in the sense that I went to a few car garages with the intention of just looking around to get some ideas, but then literally walked out of the shop with a new car in hand on the same day. Very spontaneous but so fun and exciting. My Riva was beautiful and unique and I loved the fact I was the first one to ever own it meaning it was spotless when I bought it and was still spotless when I sold it because I looked after it so well. I loved getting to pick out my number plate along with everything else that comes with owning a brand new car and just the excitement of being able to say look at what I just did, I’m so proud of myself! I’ll miss her very much and I’ve had a great 4 years with her but now it’s time for me to move on to (literally) bigger and better things.
Now, why did I, a 23 year old with no kids, no partner, no reason to get a Range Rover…get a Range Rover.
For the same reasons I mentioned above I guess – because they’re my dream car, I’ve always wanted one…and because I could.
I am so, so, so lucky to be in a position where I can afford to have such a thing but I am also so, so, so proud of myself for being able to do it. I could have had an SUV / 4×4 type-car when I went to buy my first one but because at that point I’d only driven smaller cars and was only a few months fresh of passing my test, I knew it wasn’t a good idea. I wanted to ease myself into things first, get some more road experience and a couple of driving years behind me, and then move onto the bigger stuff.
And now I have.
When I did go to buy my first car however, I did sit in a few SUV type cars because I was still toying with the idea in the back of my mind and let’s just say, it did not go well. It felt like the car was so big I was drowning in it and no matter how far I moved the seat forward or lifted it higher, I could not see over the dash. I had to decline to test drive all of the ones I wanted to because I thought there’s no way I can drive this thing, it’s huge and I can’t see shit.
4 years later, has that mindset changed?
I still don’t feel like I can drive big cars, granted I literally haven’t sat in one since then nor have I test driven one either, but the feeling is still there. I’d like to think my initial experience was due to nerves and the fact I wasn’t used to being in such a big car and having such a big driving set-up but because I’ve had nothing to replace that experience with since then, I’m still very much in the mindset of “I cannot drive this thing because it is so big and I cannot see shit”.
As I mentioned, it was only a few days ago that I decided I wanted to change my car. I went to a few garages to have a look around and the following day I had bought a Range Rover.
I have never even driven a Range Rover.
Everyone’s first question once they’d found out I’d bought it was “have you test driven it?” and the answer is no, no I have not. At the moment due to COVID you can’t test drive cars and if you want to then you have to book appointments in advance. I went to Land Rover to have a look at all of the different models and I was allowed to sit in them and have a play around with everything (which makes no sense if you’re allowed to sit in the car but not test drive it) and I loved it. It still felt big to me but I didn’t have the initial freakout that I had a few years ago, I know it’s silly to buy a car and make such a big commitment without having even test driven it first but I just figure I’ll get used to it. I always freak out over things for no good reason and once I’ve driven it a few times and become spatially aware in terms of the size of the car etc. I’ll be fine. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway so if that doesn’t happen then God help me.
Anyway, let me show you the car !! These are the professional pictures taken by the garage because obviously it hasn’t been delivered to me yet but I might update this post in a few days with a few of my own photos too, though I very much doubt I’ll be able to do a better job than these ones! Also ignore the ugly scribble over my reg but I didn’t want it on the internet.
It’s a Range Rover Evoque in very light blue but in certain lights also looks white. It’s got cream (/tan?) leather interior and a bunch of fancy features that I have no idea how to use – all I wanted was a sat nav and bluetooth and so I’m happy. It’s also got heated seats which I shall not be using as in my opinion it makes you feel like you’re slowly weeing yourself, but I’m sure when I have passengers in the car they’ll appreciate it.
I am absolutely in love with it. I should really wait until I actually get it before writing this post so that I can talk about it more and add more photos but I just can’t wait. I’m so excited. Can you tell??? Possible car update to come in future!
All my love,