Meet Chantal. She is a sexy black 2013 Honda Accord LX. She has an iPod connection, alloy wheels, backup camera. She is also my new car.

This is the first time I’ve had to buy a new car. My first car was a 1987 Honda Accord that was a hand-me-down from an uncle. When that died in 2003, I got another uncle’s 2002 Toyota Camry. So going into this, I was expecting the worst.

The funny thing is Chantal was the first car I test drove. I ended up driving three cars, but she fit me best. I was surprised how painless the entire process was. Perhaps it was because I got her through Carmax, but I was expecting the worst.

So here it is, the car I will be driving for hopefully the next 15 years.