13 Signs You Drive A Fiat 500

13 Signs You Drive A Fiat 500

I promise that my car is actually bigger than a golf cart.
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Being a Fiat 500 owner/driver is one of my favorite parts about my life. Friends, family, and strangers constantly compliment me and my car, always reminding me of how lucky I am to drive a Fiat 500 and how perfect the car fits my own personality. There's something special about the bond of a Fiat 500 and its owner. Below are thirteen signs that you drive a Fiat 500 and understand that your car couldn't be any more perfect for you!


1. Your friends and family have called your car a golf cart

"Your car is basically just a golf cart with an umbrella." - My many friends. Bonus: because my car is so small, they always get nervous and freaked out being in the car because they're afraid of being crushed in a wreck (even though it's an incredibly safe car, and I promise I'm not that bad of a driver).

2. It's bigger than it seems, and often what you can fit inside may surprise even you

Honestly, Fiat 500's look way smaller than they really are, but they surprisingly have a TON of room, especially when you fold down the back seats. So, you wanna stuff in that nightstand, TV, and a bunch of groceries, and maybe even a box of hand-me-downs, too? You got this.

3. But for things too big to fit in your car, friends or family with bigger cars are always helping you out

If my friend or famliy member has an SUV, a truck, or a van, you can bet they've probably had to pick up and/or drop off something too big to fit in my car for me.

4. You've crammed your car with people to the max AND shoved two poor souls in your back seat

I kind of especially feel bad for the friends and family members that are over six feet tall having to get into the back...sorry not sorry.

5. Whipping into parking spots is easy peasy

The turning radius on a Fiat 500 is so good, there's no way you can't just whip it in. Plus, three point turns basically don't exist when you drive a Fiat 500; it's called simply making a sharp turn around in the road.

6. And so is whipping in and out of lanes

I've cut off many unfortunate souls and almost hit the bumpers of others because my car can swerve in and out of small spaces on the road. Is it dangerous? Yes. Have I hit anyone doing so? No. And am I still alive? Yes.

7. Parallel parking isn't a problem because all you have to do is pull into the spot

I literally haven't parallel parked since I got my license, so...

8. You get excited when you see another Fiat 500 on the road

Especially before they got so popular, and I was one of the first in my county to own a Fiat 500 when they first came out several years ago, I would always get excited and wave to other Fiat 500 drivers, and often times, I still do.

9. It looks like a kitten, but it roars like a lion

The way the engine revs up when you even just barely press on the pedal makes it seem like you've actually got a fast and furious car. So, I like to use the analogy that my car may look cute and small, but it sounds like it's ferocious and big.

10. People always ask you about how it drives and how the gas mileage is

Around 28 city, 38 highway, and ya girl is averaging 32-34 on her own car's gas mileage. So yeah, it's pretty great, not to mention crazy fun to drive!

11. Strangers never hesitate to tell you how cute your car is

I've had several people tell me how cute my car is at red lights when they roll down their windows to shout at me about it, passerbys in parking lots, strangers at the gas station, etc. And it always makes me so happy to hear because damn right my Fiat 500 is cute.

12. You've had people call it a Volkswagen Bug or Mini Cooper...

I always suppress a rolling of eyes or a raised, irritated voice when I hear this because I can see where they're coming from, but at the same time, Fiat 500's are completely different and a million times cuter and cooler. than either of those other cars. Just saying.

13. You can't imagine ever driving a normal-sized car again

Seriously, when I drive friend's and family's cars (which are pretty much all way bigger, average-sized cars), I always get ridiculously nervous and quickly realize my depth perception for any car bigger than a Fiat 500 is way off. So, when my own Fiat 500 can no longer drive, you can bet that I'll just be getting myself another Fiat 500 and loving every minute of it.

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I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

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