After nine whole years of research and planning, we’re finally doing it. We’re buying a new (to us) car.
I know it doesn’t take most people nine years to buy a new car, but our car situation has been a little bit of a fiasco, and I’ve always been scared to pull the trigger because our first car-buying experience was super stressful. Tahd and I would probably tell slightly different versions of the story. In his version, we told them a number, they said they could hit it, and they came in $5 over, and he wanted to walk out. In my version, I wanted to buy a car and people were angry and there was conflict and I just wanted people to take however much money they wanted and let me leave with the car and make the conflict stop. Conflict avoidance FTW!
Second, of course, was the car payment thing. We haven’t had a car payment since 2005, and that has been N.I.C.E. I highly recommend it! But we’re not in a position to buy a car outright right now, so I knew we’d be financing part of our purchase, and I haven’t been eager to add that expense to our budget until now. Well, I’m not eager to add it now, either. I just know I can make it work now, even if it’s not my favorite.
All that to say a new car! Yay! It’s a used Honda with higher mileage, but it also has heated seats, which is totally unnecessary, but the rest of the criteria (price included) fit the bill, so I’m not complaining, especially as we come into winter in Wisconsin! Total swagger wagon. I feel ridiculously cool.
After I’d dropped off the deposit check to the dealership today, I called Tahd to courteously inform him of the shocking realization I had that this is quite likely the car in which Gabe will learn to drive. WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN? How is it that I am preparing for my offspring to learn to drive? The way we buy cars, it’s quite possible that we will own this car when Gabe graduates high school. OMG – WE COULD MOVE HIM INTO COLLEGE IN THIS CAR!!! I just…I’m speechless.
I know they say the days are long and the years are short, but they really were not joking. There is so much more I want to do with him before he leaves our little nest, so many more experiences I want to have with him and places I want to go. Chop chop, I guess. Better get busy. It doesn’t look like things are going to be slowing down!