See Sam Drive, EV edition

We had to get up early today to meet the man delivering Sam’s new car. He bought a 2018 Chevy Bolt from the Fort Collins, Colo., dealer where my brother-in-law works. Sam was so very patient. When his uncle mentioned they had two Bolts on the lot waiting for their recall work, Sam put $500 down. That was back in December 2021.

Sam has been driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla since he first learned to drive 15 years ago. He also bought that car from his Uncle Matt. We started talking about replacing the Corolla around 2018-19, but Sam moves slowly with these kinds of decisions. He went to the auto show at the State Fair with his brother and sat in a Chevy Bolt. He tentatively decided he would replace his car in 2020. Then the pandemic came and life slowed down so much. It bought him a lot more time to shop for a car, which was good, because Chevy needed time, too, to make those battery repairs.

He didn’t need much coaching through all of this, at least not from me. Matt may have had to work a little harder to make the sale and delivery, I certainly can’t speak for him. The only thing I really weighed in on was getting the car back to Texas. We talked about flying up to get the car and driving back, but once we crunched the numbers, shipping won out. He agreed to do it, since it was cheaper by about a factor of 10.

He still has a bit of a to-do list — insurance, Texas plates, toll tag, etc. I did write that up and put it on the fridge for him, so I suppose that’s coaching. And he’s going to reach out to other EV drivers for wisdom, since this car is several generations more sophisticated than either of the vehicles we currently drive.

Life really is so flipping complicated. I have little idea how I got through things the first time myself, although I do remember a habit in my 20s of calling my parents often and asking adulting questions. I do also prompt my other kids–probably more than they would like–with the preface of ‘let me tell you something I learned the hard way and save you some time/money/heartache.”

Have you ever thought about all the problems you solved in your 20s?

Sam stands behind his new-to-him Chevy Bolt EV


  1. Ann Hatch on October 12, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Nice ride! And we should all be that deliberate when we make such a big investment. Congratulations, Sam!

    • Peggy on October 13, 2022 at 1:41 am

      Thank you, Ann!

  2. Annette Fuller on October 12, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    What a great decision Sam made! I hope he will have happy driving moments/hours in it!
    I will have to think about your question — maybe read some old journals!

    • Peggy on October 13, 2022 at 1:41 am

      I can’t wait for your answer, Annette.

  3. Kathy Spinelli on October 12, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Congratulations Sam!!

    • Peggy on October 13, 2022 at 1:42 am

      Thank you, Kathy!

  4. Julie Buchanan on October 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    So jealous! What a great decision for Sam to make. I wish him a long and repair-free life with this cool car!

    • Peggy on October 13, 2022 at 1:42 am

      That is the plan, Julie.

  5. Gaye Wise on October 13, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    I am so proud of you Sam. You continue to amaze me.
    Gaye Pittman Wise

    • Peggy on October 19, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you, Gaye.

  6. Nancy LeMay on October 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Sam is ahead of the curve. I hope his EV is everything he wants it to be and lasts him 16+ years (it’s good to break your own record).

    • Peggy on October 19, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      I told Sam that if things go as well with the Bolt as they have with the Corolla, he won’t be buying another car until he’s in his 50s. He said “Wow.”

      • Nancy LeMay on October 20, 2022 at 2:22 am

        Holy moly!

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