Meet the team
We couldn’t devise the most intelligent approach to car ownership without a great team.
Originally from Colombia, I moved to Australia back in 1999 to study English for six months. The beauty of Sydney and the laid back Australian way won me over almost immediately; making the challenges of changing countries, languages and career –all at the same time- almost easy to overcome.
A lot has happened since then, a rewarding career in digital marketing, two Masters, a wedding, a beautiful daughter and of course, an unforgettable citizenship ceremony just to make my love for Australia official. Falling happily under the stereotype of a Latin girl, music and dancing are some of my passions. Although these days, the singing and dancing happens more often while sitting in traffic than in more exciting places – yes, I’m one of those!
My other passions are my daughter, championing gender diversity, social media, anything Apple – I’m a sucker for their marketing – and every so often, planning holidays in places with a nice pool (for the little one) and properly prepared mojitos (for the grown-ups).
Although I love cars, my taste is usually about $100k more than what I can afford, so my very happy compromise has been owning Hyundais for the past 8 years. Started with a Getz, then an i30 and finally a Hyundai iX35, just to make my subscription to the soccer mum club official.
Why Hyundais some might ask? The answer is pretty straight forward, I love the “simple things in life”, double sunroof (for summer), seat warmers (for winter) and a turbo diesel engine with good torque for everyday use and abuse!
The first car I owned was a 1989 Nissan Pulsar Q, which I bought from my neighbour when he moved back to Ireland. I was so proud of that little car – I called him Elmo – that I even washed and polished him myself for a few months! Elmo and I were best friends for about three years, until my lack of mechanical skills (or a boyfriend with some) pushed me to go for a safer option – a new car. I have never owned a red car again, I suppose you never forget your first love…
When I was little, back in Colombia, we often used to travel from Bogota (my city) to Santander (the state, where my mum was born and raised). The 8-9 hour trip was grilling but the stops to eat yummy food and the beautiful landscapes, which included narrow roads with high cliffs, made the whole experience unforgettable.
In Australia, driving around Tasmania, has been probably one of my best road trips, nature at its best.
There are a number of things I like about Autopia. The people: straight forward and friendly. The culture: a true passion for cars, good service and support for each other. And finally, the opportunity to save money, heaps of money by owning my car the way it is supposed to be, paying less tax!