I thought I had life by the tail in late April of this year — I had secured a new job, fallen in love, and moved into the home I purchased after living in a rental apartment for several years post-divorce. Life was starting to resemble what I had hoped. Naturally, the universe had to rebalance itself, and things started to get a little bumpy soon after. In early May, I was involved in a minor car accident that resulted in my reliable 2013 Kia Sportage being a total loss. Instantly, I was forced to start car shopping so I had transportation. Just as it’s the worst housing market in which to be a home buyer right now, it is also the worst time to be buying a new or used vehicle — car prices are inflated due to the chip shortage and and other factors. Nevertheless, I was able to find a vehicle I am happy with (2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE) on Carvana.com and it was delivered to my door in late May.
I have been having a great time making the vehicle my own, and I will be documenting my progress here in this blog.
So far, I have made the following modifications (mods) to my RAV4:
- Replaced all stock incandescent interior lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs
- Replaced stock incandescent foglamp lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs
- Replaced the stock side mirror turn signal indicators with bright sequential LED turn indicators
- Replaced the color-matched side mirror caps with black side mirror caps (driver & passenger)
- Added a hood bug deflector
- Added personalized specialty license plates (Texas Master Naturalist)
I wanted to give a shoutout to one of my new favorite Facebook groups, by the way—Lady Owned Toyotas // LadyOwnedToyotas.com—they’re a positive, supportive and extremely knowledgeable group of women! Unlike so many automotive discussion groups, this one exists to empower its members, not to tear them down (and btw, male-bashing isn’t tolerated in the group, either!) The group has given me the confidence to tackle mods on my new-to-me vehicle, and the knowledge that I can take on much larger projects when the time comes. Like so many things, it usually comes down to patience and having the right tools for the job.