DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Sara At Southlands

March 5, 2012 3:00 AM

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"Windows up on the highway, windows down below 40 miles per hour."

dyr denver1 DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Sara At Southlands

“I listen to rap, angry rap, angry metal in the car.”

The Ride
The Driver: Sara
Car in Question: Gray 2010 Toyota Corolla
Spotted at: Southlands Town Center Cinema, 6155 S. Main Street, Aurora, CO 80016
Odometer: 12,739

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hello Sara! Thank you for participating in Defend Your Ride Denver! What can you tell us about your 2010 Toyota Corolla? Any issues or qualms with it?

A: I wish they put the clock in a different location. It’s down by the stick shift so you have to look down instead of glancing over to your right where you can still see the road. It’s frustrating!

Q: Time is of the essence. Let’s see, can you tell us maybe about a weekend trip you’ve taken in it?

A: My husband works nights and weekends. He doesn’t get home until midnight. He sleeps in until 11 a.m., then goes to work again at 5 p.m. There’s not much time for weekend trips. We’ve been to Broomfield and back several times. It was pretty wack! It was for a Selena Gomez concert. He worked for the venue setting up the stage and taking it down. I had to go back and forth four times. With lots of small kids, happy about Selena.

Q: Well that sounds fun, I think. Do you have any rules for passengers in your Toyota?

A: No smoking in the car. Don’t mess with the radio when I’m shifting. Actually don’t mess with the radio at all. I’ve inherited a lot from my parents. It was always windows up on the highway, windows down below 40 miles per hour. It improves gas mileage. I get real touchy when he rolls the windows down on the highway.

Q: So windows down and music up? What are you generally listening to?

A: A lot of rap, angry rap, angry metal because I think it’s inappropriate any other time, if anyone else can hear it. When I was in high school there was a lot of, roll the windows down and crank the volume. Now that I’m a little bit older, it’s just so stupid. It’s a waste of decibels.

Q: Can you tell us about your purchasing experience? Was it positive?

A: I took the bus down to Colorado Springs. It was the first car that I test drove. I said, “OK, that’s enough for me.” My dad had a Toyota for a million years and it was dependable. I thought it was important to carry on the tradition of Toyota ownership. My mom has had really bad luck with other brands. She took it in to get the oil changed and they didn’t put the oil back in. The engine caught on fire! We’ve never had a problem with the Toyota.

Q: That’s terrifying!

A: I was driving and it didn’t happen until I stopped, thankfully. After that I was really concerned that the whole car was going to blow up and I was going to die and I wasn’t going to be able to finish high school. It was a big drama.

Q: So back to a weekend trip, any fantasy place you’d like to drive, if you and your husband had the time?

A: I would like to drive around Turkey. It’s where my husband’s from and I’ve spent a lot of time there.

Q: Cool. Have you ever driven in Turkey before?

A: I haven’t and it scares me. They are really crazy drivers and I’m the give-everyone-a-lot-of-room-and-watch-other-people-as-they-merge kind of a driver.

Q: You would have to step it up to several more levels of aggression.

A: Maybe if I just blare my rap music at all times, it would help me out!

Photos and interview by Heather Ruch

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