In spring of 2007, I chose to go to Toyota in order to buy a new car to replace my gas guzzling Chevy S-10. This ended up being a Yaris, a choice I made for its gas mileage and sporty blue color.
Today, the car saw a sad end, when it "died" in a car crash. In the crash, I was hit on the driver's side. Fortunately, my car took the brunt of the damage, and I was safe. Unfortunately, I bid goodbye to my driving companion of 11 years.
Together, my wife, and I have traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio, Michigan, Maine, New York, New England, Virginia, Georgia, and many different spots in a car I affectionately tagged "The Macho Dude." After all, that was what Yaris translated to.
My car was there for many important moments. I used it to go on honeymoon with my wife, travel to hikes, haul rocks, get through snow, get to work, and travel extremely rough back roads. It never failed me.
Even when my tires were slashed and it needed parts fixed, it came back resilient every time. My auto repair guy told me that it owed me nothing, but I saw my car and its 250,000 miles good for another 50,000.
Today, it fell prey to a driving error, but it "died" keeping me safe.
I write this to you as a diehard Yaris owner. Normally, we think of that term for cars like Jeeps, VW Bugs, or expensive cars and trucks. For me, I look forward to replacing the "Macho Dude" with his "son," another Toyota Yaris.