Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1105

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1132

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1093

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /nfs/c07/h03/mnt/114651/domains/thesocialsilo.com/html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1122

The past few weeks, I’ve become somewhat of an amateur car reviewer. I decided to sell my Chevrolet Cobalt mid-November and that meant looking for something new — or at least low mileage.

I test drove two vehicles and gave serious consideration to four or five. My final decision came down to a car I had never even heard of, and made by a company with which I was equally unfamiliar. I bought the Mazda 3 — a sporty compact car that achieves 40 miles per gallon on the highway, and nearly 30 in the city. Those are some pretty good numbers, and so far, they seem accurate.

Brand loyalty

Depending on your background with cars, you may be having the same reaction I first did. A Mazda? No one in my immediate family has ever owned one. I didn’t even know the names of the Mazda car models the day I pulled into the dealership. I had just left Ford, and with the Mazda dealership just across the street, I thought I’d at least have a look.

The car that stood out to me was indeed the “3.” It had a sleek, sporty look, was great on fuel and looked like a more expensive car than it really was. The car handled as nicely as it looked, and when I researched the safety ratings, fuel efficiency and consumer reviews, it was easy to see this was a top choice.

If you’re a die-hard Ford or Chevy fan, you’re probably hating me right now. And I understand. Both of those companies are very American and have a lot to be proud of. But I’m one of those shoppers who is not loyal to a specific color or brand, and I’m going to go with what I feel will best serve my needs.

Nearly every year, I see new lines of tractors and farm equipment, and I wonder how they measure up to the popular brands we all know. Some would say “they don’t at all,” and not even take a chance. Maybe they’re smart, or, maybe they’re missing an opportunity.

Taking risk

I remember as a kid, watching brands of tractors no one had ever heard of, become the next success story. When I attend Farm Science Review in the fall, I’m always seeing new brands and a few of those brands — after a few years — some of them have really caught on.

I know this much. Chevrolet discontinued its once-popular “Cobalts” about as quickly as it introduced them, and the Mazda 3s look like they’re here to stay. I hope that they are, because I spent a lot of money on this decision.

One of the Mazda salesmen asked me if I was happy to have a new car. Truthfully, the biggest reason I made the purchase was so I would have something more reliable, a more dependable means of getting to work and the places I need to be.

I’ve never been very excited about spending a bunch of money, but I feel good about where I spent it and the car I chose. I hope I feel the same way six or seven years from now.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
Chris Kick
View all posts by Chris Kick

Related posts: