I am working on this project with Toyota and I am supposed to be writing six posts that somehow relate to their cars, but I have a problem.
I don’t own a Toyota.
I test drove a few when I was out in California, but we really only had about 20 minutes in each car and we never had a chance to do any highway driving. If you add that to the fact that I test drove three cars back to back to back after four hours of sleep followed by seven hours in the air, you realize that I don’t remember that much about the cars individually.
So I have a plan. The Neighbor’s Cars Test Drive.
I got this idea when I had to pick up a friend from the hospital and I lost my car keys.
Don’t judge me. They fell behind the table. I found them later that day while walking backward through my mind.
So I lost my keys and I was in a hurry. I ran next door and thankfully my neighbor was there. I said “Can you drive me to the hospital or can I borrow your car?”
In retrospect that was probably an alarming question. After I assured her that I was not ill or injured and I was just picking up a friend who had been discharged. My very generous neighbor agreed to lend me her brand new Toyota Sienna.
It was my first time driving a Sienna since I was in the market for a minivan back in 2004. The Sienna was really nice. It drove really well and had a lot of bells and whistles that are fantastic for kids.
This was a complete coincidence. I wasn’t working with Toyota at the time, but I was thinking about it and it gave me an idea.
I have lots of neighbors that drive Toyotas. Lesley has a Sienna, Janet has a Highlander, Anne has a Prius, somebody at the pool drives a 4 Runner, I’m not sure who they are, but I can find out if I spend enough time in the parking lot after swim team. I COULD TOTALLY DO A NEIGHBORHOOD TEST DRIVE.
Now – I haven’t mentioned this to any of my neighbors, so I don’t know if this will fly but I think it is a brilliant idea. Maybe some sort of insurance and possibly legal scandal, but a great idea if my neighbors are willing to play along.
So, who drives a Toyota and can I borrow your car? VROOM! VROOM!
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I am working with the Clever Girls Collective and Toyota on this campaign. Toyota paid for my trip to their campus, but these words and stories are my own.