If my relationship is any indication, men and women shop very differently. For example, if the wife and I are shopping for TVs, I’m interested in size and whether or not it’s capable of 1080p, while she looks for value and wonders how it will look in our entertainment center.
Washing machines? Couches? Vacations? Houses? It’s all the same… she’s the practical-minded one who is easily sidetracked by things that are “pretty,” while I tend to get caught up in performance numbers and things she likes to classify as “expensive.”
Yet by some miracle bestowed by the auto gods, our priorities in cars mostly align, which I’m pretty sure explains why we’ve managed to stay together for so long. I’ll get more into that after the jump, but to sum it up: If your woman won’t drive a manual, you might want to consider a new woman. Not a new car.
Whether we like to admit it or not, our cars represent our personalities more than any other large purchase. For instance, I drive a car that looks slightly awkward but proves reliable, capable, peppy, and fun. My wife’s vehicle on the other hand is elegant, sexy, and likes to be pampered. I insist on rowing my own gears, because it makes driving more fun and interactive, while she prefers an auto, so she can focus on applying makeup and catching up on her texting. (I kid! Mostly – please don’t text and drive.)
Since we both harbor an irrational fear of vans and station wagons, shopping for our cars was easy: a luxurious, comfortable AWD crossover for her, and a smaller, economical, five-speed hatchback for me. No arguments, and everyone is happy!
I don’t think I’d have my five-speed today, though, if I hadn’t taken the time to teach her how to drive one. I made sure sure she mastered that skill before any wedding vows were exchanged, because let’s face it, if being married meant a lifetime of driving a slushbox, well, that’s just not a sacrifice I was willing to make.
What’s your top priority in a car?