“I feel like I am in first class when I sit in my car.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Viera
- Car in Question: Beige 2006 Hyundai Azera
- Spotted at: The Staten Island Mall, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314
- Odometer: 43,320
Q: Hi Viera! Welcome to Defend Your Ride New York. What can you tell us about yourself?
A: I’ve lived in Staten Island for over 30 years and came to New York from Czechoslovakia when I was young. It’s a great place to live and although the traffic has gotten much worse, it’s still better than the other boroughs. I definitely like my commute to work a lot better since I have been working in Staten Island rather than my commute when I worked in Brooklyn.
Q: Where are we and what brings you here today?
A: We are at The Staten Island Mall. I am here to do some shopping at Macy’s. I come here often, mostly because I live so close, but I do love going to malls.
Q: Do you always drive when coming here?
A: I usually drive because I like to shop and sometimes I have too many bags to carry. I also tend to return things too. When it’s beautiful out though, I walk here for the exercise, especially if I don’t plan on buying anything. There aren’t too many malls in New York City, so I feel pretty lucky to be able to come here so easily.
Q: Is your trunk spacious enough for your shopping adventures?
A: Oh yeah. It’s great. My trunk space is important to me and this car does not disappoint. I have been amazed at what I have been able to fit.
Q: What else do you like about your car?
A: The ride is always smooth and comfortable. It’s not too big, but feels very spacious inside. I feel like I am in first class when I sit in my car. My friends tell me the back is very roomy, but I like to drive. I really enjoy driving it, especially when I am listening to my music.
Q: How does this car compare to your previous ones?
A: This car has more power and more features. The rearview mirror is great because it has a compass on it and a tint so you aren’t blinded by the lights behind you. I also like how this car looks. I love my wheels on this car. My previous cars have always had hubcaps.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your ride?
A: I love my car! My husband doesn’t, but I love it. He has his own car anyway, so it works out. He likes that his car gets better gas mileage, but my car has more power!
Photos and interview by Steven Markovits
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