“We get to trash it on a pure kid level.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Michelle
- Car in Question: 2008 Kia Sorento
- Spotted at: Old Town Folsom, Sutter Street, Folsom, CA 95630
- Odometer: 38,000
- Car’s Nickname: Tutu
Q: Great Kia. What can you tell us about it? Did you buy it new?
A: I was going to buy a new one, but I got in the new one and it wasn’t like, the top of the line vehicle. I was trading in my Altima, which had all the bells and whistles. I got in and drove it and I thought it felt like a tin can. I didn’t like the drive. They put me in this one-year-old one. It was actually a priest who owned it before and he moved up from the Central Valley. He was going to be in the Foothills, so he bought an SUV. He traded it in with 18,000 miles on it. He had it kitted out with the runners and the wheels. I mean, a priest with a kitted out Sorento, one careful owner.
Q: So you had an Altima before?
A: Yes, then I became a mom and bought the mom mobile. We used to use my husband’s car more, but now that we have this, we like this one better. We get to trash it on a pure kid level.
Q: How much time do you spend in it everyday?
A: On an average day, not very much. I go to the gym at lunchtime, which takes me five minutes. Then I spend probably 40 minutes total picking my daughter up from school.
Q: What is the farthest you’ve gone in the Sorento?
A: I just did it this past weekend. I went to Cambria, a five-hour drive each direction. It was a girlfriend trip. My longest girlfriend since I came to the U.S. We’ve known each other 16 years. We try to get together once a year, especially now that I have my daughter. She’s the only girlfriend I have that doesn’t have kids. I get to turn off the mommy thing. The really cool thing is that she loves to take photos too. She can go places and linger and contemplate a particular scene for twenty minutes the same way I can.
Q: You said you’ve been here for 16 years. Where are you from?
A: London, England.
Q: And do you love it here?
A: I love the people!
Q: Anything else we should know about your car?
A: My dad is absolutely disgusted with it. Up until I had this, my car was in immaculate condition. It was clean. It was tidy. It was always well groomed. My dad is the same way about his car. Now he looks at it and is like, I don’t know who you’ve become!
Photos and interview by Kimberly Brenneman
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