As I wrote in my previous article, when I first lived in Boston (wTechnically, it’s Medford, but hardly anyone else Massachusetts know or care about the difference), I couldn’t afford to buy a car. In most cities in America it would have made my life absolutely miserable, Public transport And the density makes car-free life a lot easier. Also a bonus was that Pinky’s Pizza is literally across the street. Oh, and my girlfriend at the time had a car, so I didn’t necessarily have to walk around.
Problem is, her car was a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. It was a really bad car. It turned on, could move places, and never broke down all the time, which is great as far as I can go. All the bad things you’ve heard about Aveo are probably true. don’t buy Even if you despair. Do not drive from Georgia to Massachusetts if you own one. That’s too much time to spend on Aveo.
Still, quite unexpectedly, it made a great winter car.We had over 100 inches of snow that year, so we had to constantly shovel the driveway. Or at least that’s what I did until I realized that once I put the car away, it was basically light enough to drive on snow. Was it the right or safest way to do things? Probably not. But it worked.
It’s also cheap and old, so minor damage to the exterior wasn’t a big deal. I was hit by someone while driving in a snowstorm. That said, under normal circumstances shipwrecks are still no fun. We have to wait for the police to come. it takes forever. you know the drill But throw in freezing temperatures and a blizzard?
Except when we got out of the car, she took one look at the damage and said, “It’s not that bad. I don’t mind. Let’s go.” Neither of us thought twice about the dent.
During that winter, Boston constantly abused its little Aveo. If I had an E39, my car would have been abused too. But the damage the Boston winter would have done to her BMW was significant. You would always worry about what was going to break or break next. I’ve never been a big fan of the Aveo, but I really appreciate how well it did as the perfect winter beater.
I even got to drive home from the Jason Isbell show in New York. There was so much snow that the plow couldn’t keep up, and I was forced to drive at a painfully slow speed over the fresh snow. But there was only one slightly frightening situation he was finally able to undo.
After all, the Chevrolet Aveo can actually be a great winter car.But just because it could be your next winter beater It doesn’t mean it should be. I’m sure you’ll find something you can buy instead.