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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.

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.