Today the Physician on Fire published a piece I penned about my first venture into buying a car. My parents had provided a car for me up until then. It was my second year of residency and my old car, an Oldsmobile Delta 88 which my parents drove for many years before giving it to me, was on its last leg. Here is an excerpt from the article.
…..As I embarked on the search for a car, I figured my paycheck, about $25,000 a year, could handle the payment. I had fallen into the trap of thinking car payment instead of car price. What kind of car was befitting a young new doctor? After all, I would still be driving it at the end of my residency and wanted to look good as a new staff doctor.
Test Driving the Mercedes
Mercedes was the first idea to pop into my head. I’m not sure why, since I didn’t know anyone who had one and I had never been inside one. It seemed like the right fit for a young doctor’s image. With the target car chosen, it was time to proceed to the dealership for a test drive…………
You can read the rest of the story here and find out if I left the dealership in a new Mercedes or if another outcome was in the cards. Then you can come back here to my blog and make comments or leave comments at the Physician on Fire’s site. Has the new car bug ever bitten you?