Feature by Nathan Stoltzfus
I recently found myself needing an upgrade in the car department. My old Xterra was sporting a rusted out custom bumper that said “HIGH CLA$$” on the front. While it fit my needs—and let’s be honest, was awesome—it hardly commanded respect when meeting new clients. I looked at nice new cars and trucks, but truly found my identity in a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. The hunter green paint and camel leather interior were the perfect match of practical and exciting. It gives me the fun and adventure I longed for, but also commands the respect that comes only with owning a Jeep.
The Jeep is a perfect fit for my personality, as it allows me to show up to a listing appointment at a million dollar house or buckle the dogs in and head to the beach, no problem. Any other vehicle I looked at fit one or the other, but couldn’t do both. While it is not the perfect vehicle (I have hastily added doors during the onset of a quick summer storm), I have found tremendous value in driving a vehicle that people can connect with on an emotional level, which also fits my lifestyle perfectly.