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DADult Life | December 2, 2022

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11 songs to send off your youth when buying a family car

Nissan Qashqai Acenta

With the little one on the way, my head has been a whirlwind of daily life, joined by thinking about, and planning for, the future.

The latest decision has been buying a new car – one of the family variety.

I’ve been driving for 11 years now, which, as I write this, is a distressing realisation. Genuinely, where has that time gone?!

My first car was a Fiat Punto.

It was carted off to the scrapyard in the sky, thanks to a blown head gasket, as well as a lorry grinding alongside it, and lasted a grand total of five months – though helpfully that was long enough for me to meet Jenna.

Fiat Punto N reg

Yes, this picture was taken in a McDonald’s car park – don’t judge me


The second car was a Peugeot 106, complete with 15-inch boy racer alloys acquired from Southend-on-Sea – home of the Barryboy.

Peugeot 106 P reg

The wheels were worth almost as much as the car – a sound investment


But for the past eight years I’ve had a Renault Clio Campus Sport. Acquired with just 11,000 miles at only four years old, it was by far the youngest and shiniest of the trio, which meant there was no hurry to trade it in.

Renault Clio 55 plate

Another car – another opportunity for police to stop and search me; I can see why, I looked really threatening


With the baby on the way, however, I realised a family-friendly vehicle was in order and it was time to set free the car that has accompanied me across 65,000 miles.

So, over the past few weeks I’ve been browsing Autotrader religiously. With a viewing booked in and a possible part-exchange on the cards, I had the old girl spruced up and ready for action.


Renault Clio 55 plate

It’s not just goodbye to the car – it’s goodbye to a piece of my youth


It was a surprisingly touching moment and although it was clear that the Clio still scrubbed up well, the three doors – and knees up against the steering wheel – just wouldn’t have cut it anymore.

It wasn’t just poignant because it’s the car I’ve driven almost each day for eight years, it’s also what’s happened over the course of that time, which has been a huge chunk of my young adulthood.

But now, the next chapter well and truly draws closer and the new car, a Nissan Qashqai, underlines that entry into DADult Life even more.

After scanning @autotraderuk daily, I made my choice – to the Dadmobile! 👪🚘 #DADultLife

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I’m already fond of the Qashqai – the abundance of space, raised seating position and more make it a real pleasure to drive.

Still, bidding farewell to the Clio – and what was left of a link to 21-year-old me – for a family car is such a milestone, I thought it only right it should be highlighted appropriately.

So, here are 11 songs suitable for playing as you part ways with your beloved motor, and any remainder of your youth, for a Dadmobile and fatherhood.

Be strong.


(1) “There’s never a right time…”


(2) “I’m scared just like a child that’s lost at seven…”


(3) “I tried my best to be a man and be strong…”


(4) “I’m sitting here going half crazy…”


(5) “I know this is something I’ve gotta do – that don’t mean I want to…”


(6) “If I should stay, I would only be in your way…”


(7) “I think I need a bottle with a genie in it…”


(8) “Funny how time goes by…”


(9) “I don’t want to say bye-bye…”


(10) “Still I can’t let go…”


(11) “We’ve come a long way from where we began…”


BONUS TRACK – The aggressive acceptance stage