Can We Truly Guess Your First Car?

By: Todd Kerkhoff

Can We Truly Guess Your First Car?
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About This Quiz

The automobile has long been a symbol of American freedom and expression. It reflects the personal ideals, dreams and financial well-being of the owner. For some, the car is a practical device for getting from point A to point B. For others, it's a moving billboard that shouts out "Look at me — look at who I am."

Cars are also places of refuge and independence. Where else is fast food made to be eaten? What other thing in the world was born with a cupholder?  The auto became a place to go. Something to drive but also something that shields you from the rest of the world.

For most, the first car isn't an exact reflection of personality and dreams, but driving it begins a long journey for chasing visions and discovering one's identity.

It is also a source of frustration and a teacher of self-reliance and the art of overcoming adversity. Realizing your battery is dead on a cold winter morning or having to change a flat tire on the freeway are both physically and mentally challenging rites of passage. From the tip of the burned out turn signal bulb to the hot radiator bubbling over in anger, the car teaches us patience and the ability to solve problems. 

Your first car was just the beginning of finding out who you are and what you might become. 

Were you popular in high school?
Not so much. I spent most of the school day hiding in my locker.
Extremely popular. I was a school legend.
Yes, I belonged to several clubs.
Being popular really didn't concern me.

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If you could drive any road in the world, where would it be?
The Trans-Sahara Highway in Africa.
Retracing Route 66 through The United States.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
The Nurburgring race track in Germany.

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Who were your parents?
They pretended to be hippies on the weekends.
Very frugal.
They were conservative, practical people.
They lived life on the edge.

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What did your father do for a living?
He owned a small business.
My father was in financial services.
Dad was a teacher.
None of the above.

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What did your mother do for a living?
She's a scientist.
She's a teacher.
Business executive.
Stay-at-home mom.

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What was your favorite class in high school?
Typing
Geometry
Volleyball
Western Civilization

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What automobile feature is a MUST HAVE for you?
Lots of horsepower.
Leather seats. You never look back.
I need my car to be dependable.
I cannot live without a sunroof.

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When I'm driving, I feel like...
I can't wait to get where I'm going.
Every mile leads to a new reality.
I want to go faster.
I'm surrounded by careless drivers.

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How old were you when you started dating?
15 and a half
17
34
13

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How would you describe your high school experience?
I really enjoyed high school.
I couldn't wait for it to be over.
Meaningful. It set me up for success in life.
I ditched most of it.

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Where did you go to the movies in high school?
The mall.
The drive-in movie theater.
We reenacted them at home because we couldn't afford to go to the movies.
We were more into the Brady Bunch.

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When did you receive your first kiss?
15.
29.
17.
16.

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What color was your first car?
Red.
Faded Magenta.
Blue.
Green.

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How would you describe your first car?
It was a complete piece of junk.
It was very reliable.
I parked in the back of the school lot.
It was sporty.

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Who taught you how to drive?
My Mother.
My Father.
Driving school instructor.
I'm self-taught.

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How fast do you drive?
Five over the speed limit. Always.
Speed limit.
About 30, everywhere I go.
As fast as possible without getting caught.

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Do you ever drive with your knees?
I love to, it frees your hands for other things
Not at night
Never
Hadn't really thought about it

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Did you ever drive your friends around?
No, I didn't have any.
On the weekends.
I was the only one with a car.
No, they were too messy.

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Can you parallel park?
I will drive around the block to avoid it
Flawless. Every time
Not one of my strong suits
Yes, given enough time and no pressure

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How many speeding tickets have you had?
None. I'm a very safe driver.
Two. One was automated.
More than two.
I've never been caught.

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Do you adjust your side mirrors?
No. I don't like looking back.
It's very important for a safe driving experience.
I do it every time I drive.
Which side?

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Do you wear a seatbelt?
Always.
Yes, but it's uncomfortable.
Yes, it's the law.
Sometimes I forget.

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What's most important in your driving experience?
Getting from Point A to Point B.
I like being noticed.
I want to impress my friends.
Being safe.

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How would describe the automobile?
The greatest invention of the 20th century.
Creates too much pollution.
It's better than riding a horse to work.
An expression of American freedom and independence.

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Did you ever take road trips?
Just to the local amusement park.
Long cross-country vacations.
I only leave the house to go to the store.
I hate driving more than ten miles at a time.

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Do you know how to change your own oil?
No, there are people for that.
I didn't realize it needed to be changed until my car stopped running.
Yes. I change it every three thousand miles.
I like getting my hands dirty.

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Did you ever go to drive-in movies?
Yes, that's where I had my first kiss.
What is a drive-in movie?
My car didn't have a driver's side window, so that little speaker thing didn't work.
I always went alone.

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How would you describe the interior of your first car?
Spotless. My parents trained me well.
The two front seats were clean. All the fast-food trash got thrown in the back.
I vacuumed the upholstery once a week.
My car interior looked like I lived in it.

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What's your favorite thing about driving?
The wind in my hair.
The wind in my dog's hair.
Being noticed by anyone.
Not having to walk a lot.

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What is your dream car?
Slate grey Lambo.
Range Rover.
Subaru Forrester.
None of the above.

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You Got:

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