Elijah still laughs when he hears the name. Not the name itself though. Just the fact that I named my car. He heard some rule that you're only supposed to name your first car? That's new to me. It's always been my rule that I name every car I have. However, this has been the first one in a while that is solely mine so it's even more special. So why the Dark Knight? We'll get to that in a minute...
Some of you may remember the ordeal I was having with trying to get a car. I will admit that I was a little disappointed that I didn't get that Mercury Mountaineer I was shooting for. However, I knew when I first saw it not to get my hopes up. I was hoping that it would still be there when I got the money for the down-payment knowing full well that it wouldn't be. That was just unrealistic with as nice a vehicle as that was.
Truth is, before that Mountaineer was on the lot, I was already peeping this PT Cruiser. I've always been a little partial to those. It's probably because I've always liked old-fashioned cars anyway. So a modern car with an old-fashioned look to it was right down my alley. Plus, they even had it in black and I've been wanting a black car ever since my '93 VW Passat. I just get a better vibe from black cars. Don't ask me why.
I was very leery about going back to that same dealer for a car. Unfortunately, I was getting strapped for time and had to get a vehicle soon. My options were also rather limited because my credit isn't the best right now. So out of the dealers that would be able to get me approved, this one had the best selection. That worked out rather well though since they offer full warranties on their vehicle for the life of the 3-year loan.
The Dark Knight is not without it's faults. It is a 2001 so there is the fact that it has high mileage at 98,000+. But that's still 30,000 less than both the van and the car had in my last situation. It also needs to have better tint on the windows and a better sound system. Those are two things easily remedied thanks to my connection with my old high school buddy Wahl. All in all, its faults are pretty minimal in the bigger scheme of things. Especially given the fact that it does have such a good warranty on it.
The more I thought about it, the more I am comfortable with my decision to go with the PT Cruiser. Yes, I realize the Mountaineer was gone which left me with little choice, but had I gotten that one, I would have been stretching myself out further. The payments would have been higher, the insurance would have been more expensive and I would have been spending more on gas since it doesn't get as good as gas mileage as the Cruiser. So I'm looking at this vehicle as a blessing in disguise.
As for the name, I was originally going to go with Shelly. It was a entirely stupid reason why. I had just got done watching "Gone in 60 Seconds" and remembered that Shelby that Nic Cage pined over. I rationalized that that was an old style car and so was mine so I'd alter the name to Shelly. Even though they look nothing alike. Then a good FB, Twitter and blog friend of mine quickly shot that down and suggested the Dark Knight when they heard about the vehicle. It couldn't have been more appropriate. Thus, the name was born.
Bottom line is I'm just glad that I have basic, reliable transportation again. I realize that there are folks (like my son) who are not fans of the PT Cruiser. Oh well. I'm riding with the Dark Knight anyway. And for anyone that wants to hate, to paraphrase the All-American Rejects, when you see my ride, hope it gives you heck..hope it gives you heck!
Long live the Dark Knight!