Peace of Mind

For the last few years I have been driving around in a minivan that was always on its ‘last leg.’ It started out as a trouble maker – we bought it from a local fairgrounds car lot from some guys who were from out of town, ended up being scam artists who sold us an untitled car. We got that all worked out just in time for things to start breaking on us. We’ve been nursing it along for years but I am happy to say those days are over.

The one we got isn’t my ‘dream car’ I talked about a few posts ago, but it will do for now – it’s a dream come true because it is giving me peace of mind. Since the latest problems with the minivan were related to the brakes – every few months they needed to be replaced – it was scary driving it around. And since I drive a LOT – I mean a lot – about 20,000 miles a month is average – that meant I drove around being scared a lot.  The last couple weeks I said I can’t take it any more and I made Greg take my car while I drove his pickup. That’s pretty bad!

When I found out that Jeff Yates, a mobile apps guy who comes to my Webify Club meetups, was selling Hondas in Petaluma, I knew it was meant to be. I had already been looking at getting a Honda. Being the last day of the month, and being that Jeff was really good at following up with me just at the right time, I told him to stick around and that we’d be in tonight. He normally goes home at 4:30 but stayed extra just for us – THANK YOU Jeff! Jeff was really great to work with and if you are in the SF Bay Area I highly recommend you visit him at Hansel Honda in Petaluma.

I am looking forward to driving around without worrying about whether everyone has jackets with them in case we get stranded on the side of the road. Or bringing along a snack in case we end up waiting on a tow truck. Or looking at the last gas station we pass knowing we have to make it another 7 miles to the next one in case the car starts smoking again. Or wondering if I remembered to fill up the jug of water in the back. I hate car trouble. I love the peace of mind of knowing I am carrying my most precious cargo – the three kids – in a reliable vehicle. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really say that. This car isn’t brand new but it only has 34,000 miles on it so it is the newest car I’ve ever owned. I am thrilled!

If you’re looking for a new or used car, be sure to ask for Jeff Yates at Hansel Honda in Petaluma. I trust him, he’s a good guy, and I know you’ll have an easy painless experience like we did. He’s terrific!

Until next time...
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2 Responses to “Peace of Mind”


  1. 1 Sidney

    YEAH!! So glad you have a reliable car!! That means the world. And I thought 34,000 was new! It’s not?! Happy for you!

  2. 2 Karen

    Thanks – it really is compared to the one we turned in that had 189,000! LOL

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