Since the beginning of the year I have had the great fortune of driving several new cars on demo for a week at a time, sometimes two. Five cars to date to be exact. I was not contracted to do it though. This was an arrangement born from a tweet. One single tweet of distress. (Say What?!)
When I went home to Milwaukee for Christmas last year I took my 2005 Chrysler Town and Country over to my parent’s mechanic. I had been having trouble with the car for several months. Truthfully, I started having trouble early in the year, just a few short months after having bought the car used from a suburban Chicago car lot. Can you say lemon! (I don’t blame the car, I blame the seller. But that’s another post.) I had gotten an estimate from CarX that was very painful and entirely outside of my budgetary reach. The car was getting worse, so my parents wanted me to get a second opinion. Long story short, the verdict was stage four vehicular cancer. My parents’ mechanic told me to take my minivan home and say my goodbyes and let it die in peace. Let’s just say my smile wasn’t shinning on. So what did I do? Why I got on twitter and tweeted of course. I tweeted a distress call asking the twitter Gods for help with my situation. “Dear Santa. All I want for Christmas is a new car.” Santa didn’t answer me, but my friend Connie Burke from GM did. She said she wasn’t sure what Santa’s intentions were, but she could get me a demo week with the Chevy Cruze. Hey, beggars can’t be choosers. I was appreciative of any positive respite. Driving my chugging minivan was so painful, a week off would be a gift for sure.
The Cruze was delivered to my home the day after the worst snowstorm in Chicago in over 30 years. As happy as I was about getting the car, I was worried about driving it in the heaps of snow. Well, I was wrong to worry and I blogged about it. Well, actually I vlogged about it. But that wasn’t all I vlogged about. I documented everything that I experienced in that car. My vlogs were so complete and unique that I was offered another car, and then another, and then another. And the rest has been history. One tweet led to 5 cars worth of social media content. Pretty amazing.
No, I am not being paid for the posts. I am getting something I need though, a car. A beautiful, functioning car, with a full tank of gas. (That’s gold in Chicago people!) But I have gotten something else too. Confidence. I know that may seem strange. (I’m not exactly a wall flower.) But budgetary struggles can take the wind out of anyone’s sails. It is exhausting. And when I have to drive my failing minivan, struggling to build speed on an entrance ramp, I don’t feel very bright and shiny. I feel dull and flat. You know what I mean. But then when I get behind the wheel of a new car, one that I know my children are safe in. One that I know isn’t attacking my wallet and threatening my future. One that sparkles in the sunshine. Well, I feel accomplished. Just like I do this week in the 2011 Buick Enclave.
Yes, I am aware that I have to give the car back after a week or so, but for those 168 hours I don’t have to worry about that, or anything car related. Instead I can focus all of my energy on doing more and better for my family. Now that is priceless.
I wish more families could have this feeling. We all can benefit from an ego boost these days. What do you do to boost your ego and reenergize. Let’s get those ideas flowing so we can all feel better.
* Level 1: Some or all of the products or services mentioned were provided to Miss Lori free of charge.
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