September 4, 2012 5:00 AM

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“The biggest treat for me is the ability to plug in my iPod to the car and listen to my tunes.”

The Ride
The Driver: Jenn
Car in Question: White 2010 Toyota Matrix
Spotted at: Ula Café, 84 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Odometer: 40,021


Q: Hi Jenn. Where did you buy your car?

A: I purchased my car from a garage in Waltham, Massachusetts after my previous car had been rear-ended and deemed a total loss. It was definitely a good experience. The car was exactly what I was looking for. It was a fair price and in very good condition.

Q: Where is your favorite place visit in your car?

A: I love to drive down to the Cape, all the way out to Provincetown. A memorable time doing this was this past year on the day the tornadoes hit Western Massachusetts. I was down in P-town for the day shooting a wedding and had to drive home that night in the torrential rain and winds. What was so impressive though was, for over two hours of driving, I could see the most amazing lightning on the horizon getting closer and closer as I approached Boston. It was incredible.

Q: What do you listen to in your car?

A: The biggest treat for me is the ability to plug in my iPod to the car and listen to my tunes. I’m an avid singer in my car, so I like to pick my music out by sing-ability!

Q: So you enjoy rocking out in your car?

A: I absolutely rock out in my car. “Don’t Stop Believing” gets me going every time.

Q: Have you ever gotten caught by someone in the car next to you?

A: I’ve never been caught as far as I know. But when the mood hits me, I’m not really looking around.

Q: What is your car’s main use?

A: I mainly use my car for my business, Jenn Alton Photography, and additionally for personal errands such as grocery shopping and going to the bank. I spend a fair amount of time in my car.

Q: Do you have any rules in your car? 

A: I suppose I have a few rules for my car. Mainly, no one else gets to drive it. You’d have to be very privileged to drive my car. I suppose it stems from my mother who instilled such responsibility for the vehicle and those who ride in it. Therefore, I’m the only one who drives. It doesn’t help that I also get ridiculously car sick. The only way to combat it is to be the driver. The other rule is that there will be no smoking in my car.

Q: How many miles do you think are left in the car?

A: I believe this vehicle will live for over 110,000 miles.

Q: What will be your next car?

A: Because I love this vehicle so much, realistically the next car I get will be in the same genre. Possibly the Toyota Venza. I don’t have a dream car. I have always only wanted a car that is reliable, with a body in good shape, so I don’t have to do much with it!

Photos and interview by Lucie Wicker

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