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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Jenifer At The American Airlines Center

May 7, 2012 3:00 AM

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“I haven’t even had her a month and I’ve already had her washed twice.”

dyr dfw DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Jenifer At The American Airlines Center

“It was a gift to myself.”

The Ride
The Driver: Jenifer
Car in Question: 2010 Kia Optima
Spotted at: The American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Odometer: 51,000
Car’s Nickname: Betsy

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hi Jenifer! Great Kia. Aren’t these supposed to be great on gas milage?

A: I work in Dallas. It’s only about 18 miles. I get at least 360 miles for a tank.

Q: Is that one of the reasons you bought it?

A: That and it was a gift to myself. It’s new to me. I got it just about a month ago. My daughter just moved out and I had some extra money, so I thought I’d buy myself a treat.

Q: You said your daughter recently moved out of the house. Does that give you a lot more time for yourself?

A: I would say it gives me a lot more time. I can drive over to the gym. I can go to work, stay after work, work weekends and go see her at her new place.

Q: What is your favorite place to go in this car?

A: Everywhere. I love this car. I primarily drive it back and forth to work, but it’s always a treat to just go out and ride it. I like to ride in Downtown Dallas.

Q: Have you named your car yet? I know a lot of people do.

A: I call her Betsy. I think I’ve named every car I’ve ever owned Betsy. My dad called all of his cars Betsy. I don’t know why, but I was raised to believe that every machine is a female, so no matter what, it was going to have a female name.

Q: Does Betsy have her own attitude? Have you had a chance to get to know her?

A: She’s really mild tempered. I think I’m a lot stronger personality than her, but I’ll whip her into shape. She’s shy. She’s a four-cylinder. They don’t have the pick up that a six or an eight has. I have to encourage her to go a little faster and quicker.

Q: Do you like going fast?

A: Yes, yes I do. I’m a speeder.

Q: What do you think about driving in Dallas?

A: I think there are spots that are crazy, but it doesn’t bother me. It’s a good place to be!

Photos and interview by Isabel Morales

Are you ready to Defend Your Ride? If so, email localautos@cbs.com with “Defend Your Ride DFW” in the subject line for submission details.

View previous Defend Your Ride features as well as other great stories for people who love cars at CBSDFW.com/Autos.

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