Thankfully, I was given a settlement for the damages that was enough to get another car. I was blessed to find another ride that I'm proud to own. As much as I love having it, I sometimes find myself slipping in terms of caring for the car. The time gaps between checking fluids have gotten exceptionally longer. There is no spare quart of oil in my trunk. A leak in the steering column needed tending to, but I kept putting it off until it was almost too late.
I admit, I NEED to make some changes. If you're like me, you should do the same. Don't take your car for granted. Check those fluids, ask someone about to see where those noises are coming from, and don't put it off until it's too late. It's human nature to get careless once in awhile, that's ok. But if you start lacking care for your ride, just remember your first car.