When I was 19, I had saved up some money and it came time for me to buy my first car. I had been driving my parents' '08 automatic Mazda 3. I didn't know how to drive manual, but I knew my personal car would have to be one. After searching for a couple months, I found a green 2003 Mazda RX-8 with 60k miles for $11,000. I was elated. The next few days were spent driving...ALOT. I taught myself to drive manual and instantly fell in love with the car.

Two weeks later, a tragedy. I hit an 8 point buck going 60 mph and totaled the car. I was heartbroken.


Through this experience, I discovered what the high and lows of car ownership feel like. I am thankful for the experience, but still miss the RX-8.