Steps to keep you and your car happy!
* Think about what your car does for you. Does it get you to work, school, and other events on time? Be glad that you have a car. Back when there were no cars, you would have had to travel by horse or on foot. Some people cannot afford a car at all.
* Look at your car's exterior. Do the doors open properly? Does the car have all four wheels? Learn to accept the way you car looks on the outside. Don't be too concerned about what other's think of the car. Chances are you don't know them, so they probably don't really care. Now look at the interior. Do the windows open? Does the car have air conditioning and or heating? What about a radio? Think of all the positives about your car.
* Think about what would having a fancy, fast, sporty, or exotic car do for you. People won't like you for your car. In fact, instead of admiring your car, it would probably just make them jealous. What good would that do?
* Think about the downsides of owning a nice car. If you got a dent or a burn hole, it would be a big deal. With a beater, it does not matter.
* Customize your car. It does not have to be expensive. Add action figures on the dash, quotes on your ceiling, or pictures of friends/family on front of your glove box. There are also some inexpensive things you can buy at most auto shops such as seat covers or fuzzy dice.
* Assuming it's legal in your district, opt for a cheap manual custom spray job and/or neons. Research first, through Google or otherwise, to make sure that your car isn't going to be drooping paint in the rain for a week or blow up when you switch on the neons, and be sure to check with a legal professional or your local police station first.
* Name your car. Talk to him or her when he or she acts up or pulls through in the clutch. Random names such as "Slippery Pete" are good as well as names that identify funny things about your car such as "Rusty".
* Go on a spontaneous road trip with your friends. Memories will help you appreciate your car better.