About this time last year I was in the middle of one of the most exhilarating, and at the same time, terrifying, journeys: Buying a new car.
So, perhaps for the first time in my life, I took the advice of experts: I read reviews (which mostly I found useless), I consulted a mechanic (who I was lucky to find) and I shopped around. I used a number of phone apps and web sites, including Autotrader, KBB, Edmunds, Cars.com, Carfax, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Google, to figure out which car I wanted, to locate it, to research it and to schedule a test drive. And very soon, I found my dream car (you can read about my experience here and here ).
As I drove home from Baltimore to Connecticut in my new car, I was almost as excited about the empowered buying experience I had as I was about the new car I was driving. I couldn’t wait to share it.
As I trudged along the New Jersey Turnpike I composed the story in my head: the phone apps that helped me to narrow down the car I wanted, how strong and smart I felt armed with the knowledge I gained while searching, what a relief it was when the mechanic gave the car a clean bill of health.
As soon as I got home, I emailed Kim Orlando, a friend and the founder of TravelingMom.com and asked if she would like to publish my story.
She was thrilled. She was always in the market for car stories, she said: readers love them, and since so many of us spend so much time in our cars, from daily driving to cross country road trips, readers need them. I pounded out my article and soon it was up on TravelingMom, in two parts (since I’d included everything I experienced!).
A few weeks later, Kim called. “We should have coffee,” she said. We met at our local Starbucks and on a cold winter afternoon, Kim presented a hot idea: AGirlsGuidetoCars. I was flattered that she asked me if I wanted to work with her, but I was unsure if it was the right next journey for me.
So I said no.
But over the next few weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about it: Cars, which I love. Shopping, which I love. Writing, which I love. And editing, which I also love. And so I called her back and said yes.
From crafting a dream to opening our virtual doors, this has been a journey in itself–one of discovering, defining and evolving our views and ideas; of finding writers to join us; and of connecting with car companies and industry insiders. And we’re just getting started. AGirlsGuidetoCars will evolve as we learn and grow, and we look forward to sharing all of this with you, and to your ideas, thoughts, questions and experiences. Thanks for joining us on this journey!