Saturday, June 30, 2012
Car Buying: Not My Thang
Unlike some, I do not enjoy buying a new car. I like having a new car, yes, who doesn't? But, buying one? Yuck.
Let me back up 4 years. We bought our Ford Escape before I got pregnant with Norah thinking that we were thinking ahead to starting a family and that a 5 passenger Escape would be plenty roomy for the family we pictured for our future selves. Past Selves: You shoulda thought again.
Turns out, the "5 passenger" Ford Escape is NOT a 5 passenger vehicle once you add 2 behemoth car seats. May I present exhibit A:
Obviously, parenthood makes you too tired to care if you're wedged in sideways.
We "worked" with the Escape for the past year, and had planned to extend "working" with it for even longer since our other car is a very old Ford Ranger, which hauls ZERO kids.
But, then, the Escape had a hissy fit, and long story short, Jerry found himself stalled in the middle of traffic on a 90 dgeree day, with two kids in the back; Norah repeatedly asking, "The car's not working?"
A mechanic's assessment was bleak, so we did the "superficial fix" for the problem and decided it was in our best interest to trade that sucker in. Pronto.
And, I tell ya, it's been a week! I hate going to all the dealerships and listening to each salesman's spiel, and test driving everything under the sun, and finding that nearly everything we thought would work for our expectations, won't. In short? Honda Pilot, I love you -- if I had older kids -- but for people whose kids are in car seats, you suck! We felt as though we were pretty much being forced into the minivan option, which I was totally cool with and was advocating on behalf of, but Jerry wasn't ready to toss in his man card. Yet. One day I'll break him.
In the end, we discovered a compromise: The GMC Acadia. Which, as it was described by one online review: "It's got all the features of a minivan, but is for those who don't want to drive a minivan." Yup. Sums it up exactly. 3rd row? Yup! Plenty of truck space? Yes sirree!! Necessary new car bells and whistles? Sho'nuff!
From there, it was a matter of price. In the end, we went with a "new to us" Acadia that is still a 2012 and has minimal mileage. And, after talking those suckers into overpaying for our trade-in, we got the Acadia for a price we're pleased with. So, without further ado, here are my new wheels:
The outside: So shiny!
The front row and, yes, I was driving so the seat is ALL the way up!
A view of the 2nd row (car seats) and the 3rd row (all other passengers, you go here).
Yay! Now, hopefully this car lasts longer than our 2008 Escape -- fingers crossed, but I hope I drop Norah off at college in this thing (that's how long I believe cars should last) -- and if nothing else, I hope it lasts far enough into the future that I can haul half a soccer team around in here.
For now, if we have someone come visit us, guess what? I don't have to wedge myself into about 6 inches of car space! Woohoo!