An open letter to General Motors

Dear General Motors:

Let’s go straight to the message.

My car. 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, nicknamed “Dracourage.” It’s a portmanteau of “dragon” and “courage.”

Today I paid off my car loan.  I am now the proud owner of a dark red 2013 Chevrolet Cruze four-door sedan.  I purchased this car in 2016 with a six-year car loan from my credit union, and scraped together every penny and every bonus to get this car paid off in less than two years.  Seventeen months, to be more precise.

With all this in mind, I’m penning this open letter to you.  You may not get a chance to read it among all the other correspondence you receive; you might not even think this open letter would even be worth your consideration or time.

Still … I need to say this.

I am a proud owner of a General Motors car.  In my lifetime, my personal cars have always been GM branded, starting with a 1991 Pontiac 6000, a 2005 Saturn Ion, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, and now my current vehicle.

For me, a car is more than just four wheels and a motor.

It provides independence.  With a car, you can drive to and from work.  You can drive to and from the grocery store.  You can drive to and from a vacation spot, and you can drive to and from anywhere you choose.

It provides comfort.  My vehicles have traveled from New York to Florida, from New York to Nova Scotia, from New York to Ohio, and from New York to Ontario.  I’ve sung along with a hundred thousand songs, whether they were on an old AC Delco factory radio, or with my SiriusXM satellite subscription service.

It provides empowerment.  All four of my cars were manufactured in America by American men and American women who earned an American union wage.  These people produced my vehicle.  My purchase of this vehicle meant that what I paid eventually traveled to their pockets.  Buying this car put food on their table.

And most of all, it provides assurance.  In purchasing a General Motors car, I’ve had the pleasure of working with DePaula Chevrolet’s team of dedicated salespeople, technicians and mechanics, all of whom have treated my car with the same care and dependability as they would treat their own car.  They’ve answered my questions, even if what I’ve asked might or might not have been the 500th time they’ve had to answer a question.  They’ve explained when I’ve needed service on small or major items, and they’ve always provided loaner cars if my vehicle needed to have an overnight slumber party at the repair shop.  And by the way, all the loaner cars are GM cars as well.

I should note that DePaula Chevrolet is always scheduled for a car care appointment on the day after Thanksgiving – “Black Friday” – so that whatever car I’m driving can get an all-over tuning, cleaning, adjusting, tweaking, twerking and tidying.  I guess you could call it a Christmas present for myself.

My plan now is to drive this 2013 Chevrolet Cruze as my “last car.”  This is now my vehicle free and clear.  I have no desire to switch to Ford or Dodge or Toyota or any other brand.

And if, down the road, I desire another car – when this Cruze reaches the end of its journey or 500,000 miles, whichever comes first – my first choice will be a Chevrolet.  Or something else from the GM family of vehicles.  So down the road, if you happen to have a spare Chevrolet Volt, or maybe a Chevrolet Impala with a 9C3 package (you know, the cop car model), or if I desire a vintage cherry red Corvette or a powerful classic Pontiac GTO “The Judge” model … I know where to shop.

So what am I looking for from this open letter?  Just to let you know that I am a proud Chevrolet owner.  Proud to wear the bowtie logo on the front of my vehicle and to have an Ecotec motor under the hood.  And that 42 miles per gallon average is kinda swank in and of itself.

So thank you, General Motors.  Thank you for building cars that I am proud to drive.  Thank you for responsible and caring dealerships and knowledgeable Goodwrench service technicians.

Now if you’ll excuse me … I’m due for a road trip.