Let’s talk about the first week of owning a car.
After I spotted a Boxster with high potential on CarMax I had them ship it to my closest store. It got there Tuesday and I test drove it Wednesday. I also bought it after that short test drive. In a large part I felt comfortable buying the car right then without an inspection for a few reasons 1) it looked and drove great 2) they had a 5 day return policy and 30 day zero deductible warranty 3) I knew I could get it inspeceted at an indy the next day 4) I had a road trip planned for that weekend so I could have a several hundred mile test drive.
I woke up the next morning (felt like this) and headed to work in my new ride. That first day I was terrified. I had just spent a huge amount of my cash and now I was driving it on the highway? What if I crashed it? What if the running costs were much higher than I estimated? What if it gets dirty? These thoughts quickly subsided as I began to enjoy the drive. It was a chilly early spring morning but I still had the top down and was experiencing my commute in an all new way. I got to the office, parked, and spent four hours pretending to work while actually checking the car every 30 minutes to be sure nobody had hit it. Come lunch time I drove to the indy shop and have then hook it up to their Durametric tool to check for codes and put it on their lift to check for leaks. I did not have time for a full inspection but was not particularly worried because I was about to drive it 300 miles and was confident I could find anything major in that time.
The trip from NC to GA to see my family began that Friday. The ride down was frankly uneventful; a testament to the fact that a Boxster has more than a little Grand Tourer in it. However my girlfriend was very happy to not be making the trip in my old Corolla; she put up with me talking about cars for years so I am glad she likes it. After a few days with my family we headed back to NC and that trip was a little more hair raising. A combination of holiday traffic and heavy rain made for a very tense trip. But again the car was more competent than I was clam and we arrived safely.
The following work day I went back to the indy shop for a second inspection after my road trip. This time we actually got into the engine bay and we found a small leak. Somehow oil was pooling on top of the cylinder head, it was a rather odd place since the only thing above it was the intake. So I had to make a decision, do I keep the car or return it that night? I of course kept it and got the leak taken care of under warranty but I will leave the warranty discussion for another post.