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high school Rosemount, 55024

Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

With gas prices soaring, and our vehicles getting low gas mileage, my family decided it was time to get a new vehicle. The one thing it had to have was good gas mileage.

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We spent our Saturday at the Twin Cities auto show to attempt to find an idea on what we were looking for. I came home with five favorites, my parents came home with one, the Chevy Cruze. It got great gas mileage, it wasn't too big, it wasn't too small and it was a good overall choice for our needs.

We went to the Chevy dealer to check it out and sit in it. I have never driven a car before, only a van, a truck and a SUV. I couldn't really tell if I liked it. While my parents liked it, I was still a little leery. It was going on sale a week later.

I called my parents to see where they were one day after softball. They said, "Guess what we bought?" I said, "What?" they said "the Cruze." I was shocked. I didn't know what had just happened. The first thing that went through my mind was, what color did they buy? I waited for them to get home to find out.

I had trust in my dad not to buy silver. I remember him asking,"Why would I want to drive a silver car? It's so boring when there are so many other choices." And I knew he wouldn't buy white because it would get dirty easily. They got home and discovered they had bought my favorite color, red. Turns out it was between a bluish-grayish color and the red.

I ate supper and grabbed the awesome new keys and headed outside. You just have to press a button and the key slides out from the fob. I sat down in the driver's seat, adjusted my seat, mirrors and seatbelt. We even figured out how to hook my iPod to the radio. I slowly backed out of the driveway and was on my way. I was so scared. It was my first time driving a car, and it was brand new. If I were to get just a little dent in it, I would be in so much trouble. It was so different, but I managed to make it down the road and back with everything intact, just a little bit muddy.

Buying a new car was such an adventure. It was a hard decision, but it surely paid off in the end.

Kassie Klasen is a freshman at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every other week.

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