“I have been to an open house where mine was one of three consecutively parked identical gray Priuses.”
- THE RIDE
- The Driver: Richard
- Car in Question: 2009 Gray Toyota Prius
- Spotted at: Walt Disney Studios, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521
- Odometer: 33,279
Q: Did you buy your car new?
A: I leased it new. May 24, 2009 is the birthday.
Q: So how are you doing on the mileage?
A: I’m way over my mileage. I’m a realtor and I drive all over the place.
Q: Who are you with?
A: Keller Williams Realty. I’m all over the L.A. area, so I’m driving every day. Sometimes 100 to 150 miles a day.
Q: Five days a week?
A: Every day of the week.
Q: No vacation for this man.
A: No, except for next week. We’re going to Alaska.
Q: Nice. So how much time do you spend in your car on a daily basis?
A: Way too much time. An hour, two hours a day pretty easily.
Q: Since you’re in the car all day, what is your favorite or worst part about your commute?
A: Well, I don’t have a specific commute, but my favorite part is that the worse traffic gets, the better my gas mileage gets. I don’t have a worst part. It’s all bad, I guess. I just try to plan my day to avoid traffic. If I can’t, then my car’s got a really comfortable driver’s seat.
Q: Anything else you like about it?
A: Roomy car, very comfortable, drives well.
Q: And what’s your absolute dream car?
A: A hybrid Ferrari, if they made one. It’s a good-looking car.
Q: Does Beth, your wife, want a Ferrari?
A: Beth wants a minivan for soccer practice.
Q: Do you have kids?
A: No kids. She wants kids.
Q: OK, why don’t we move on and leave that for another interview. Is there anything else we should know about your car?
A: Well, I have two funny stories about the car. I went to a dinner at a hotel one time, and it took them an hour and a half to get my car because they kept bringing other gray Priuses to the front of the line. There’s this long line, and they kept bringing other gray Priuses. Finally, I just took my keys, went to the back, and started pressing the button until my car’s lights went on.
Q: So did they just grab the wrong keys or what?
A: They just kept bringing the wrong Prius. They’d yell back, “Gray Prius!” and then a valet shows up with a gray Prius. They would just radio back to the guys in the garage, “Bring a gray Prius up.”
Q: Where was this?
A: The Luxe Hotel. They gave me a free dinner as compensation. I never went back to get it, although I got dinner while I was waiting because it took them so long to get my car.
Q: And what’s the second funny story?
A: Well, whenever you go anywhere, you always see a lot of gray Priuses. And I have been to an open house where mine was one of three consecutively parked identical gray Priuses, and I thought that was quite amusing. I’d say probably twice a week, I try to open the wrong car door.
Q: Really? That’s funny.
A: Well, you know, there’s another gray Prius three over and you don’t even realize it.
Q: Do you know your license plate by heart?
A: I know the first four digits. [Takes a guess at the full seven digits.]
Q: Let’s walk to the back and see what it is. Uh-oh.
A: Oh, I got the last three mixed up. I was close.
Photos and interview by Michael Shen, blogger of lacantdrive.com
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