Let’s Talk Cars

June 18th, 2014 No Comments

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well so far.

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© Rocky Reston | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Today, I’m going to talk about cars.  When I found out I’m pregnant, it started me thinking about the vehicles we have currently.  What do I have currently? Well, I have a 97 F150 and hubby has a Jeep Wrangler.  Hubby was scared I was going to make him sell his Jeep.  No way!  We all love the Jeep! There are, however, some problems with the truck. To start with, it’s too large to fit in the garage. This means it’s boiling hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. Because I live in the Midwest, it means I have to scrape snow and ice off of it every day in the winter. It’s a V8, so it takes a long time to warm up.  While I can fit 6 people in it, if I had to, it’s not convenient with an infant. I would have to buy a cover for the bed of the truck so I had somewhere to store a stroller. I cringe when I picture myself trying to get a stroller out of the bed in the middle of winter, or the middle of a rainstorm.  I decided to sell my truck.

This was not an easy decision for me. Hubby and I tend to buy cheaper vehicles, then run them into the ground, rinse and repeat. Never before have I gotten rid of a vehicle that worked perfectly. Actually, that’s not true. My cousin was in desperate need of a vehicle so I gave her my Contour as Hubby and were buying newer vehicles. But I have never sold a vehicle before.  It’s kind of freaking me out. What if the vehicle I buy is a lemon? What if I can’t find anything in my price range? What if nobody buys my truck? Actually, I have an answer to that one. I guess I just keep my truck and deal with how inconvenient it is with a baby.  I’m probably freaking myself out, anyway. I’ve only had my truck for sale on Craigslist for a week and a half at this point.

I have been thinking about what kind of vehicle I would like to buy when I sell my truck. At first, I was thinking I would love to get another Jeep. They’re easy and inexpensive (usually) to fix and they hold their value well.  Plus, they’re fun.  But, I remembered there is no middle seat belt in the backseat… so a Jeep was out.  I want something we can fit the whole family in (plus the dog, if we had to).  Then, I thought it would be fantastic to have a Prius. 4 doors, seats 5, great gas mileage, great for the environment.  So, I started looking for used Prii (is that the plural of Prius?).  I found out that they are FAR out of my price range unless I want something with 300k miles already on it.  I know Prii are known for their ability to reach 200k+ miles before needing substantial repairs, but I don’t think I want to buy one with that many miles already on it.  This started me thinking about my favorite vehicles I’ve owned, and what my dream vehicle would be.

When I was 12-14 years old, I saw my first Volkswagon Beetle.  I was instantly in love! The Beetle was my dream car for many, many years (more than 15). But, then I started realizing how impractical a Beetle would be. Especially because I would prefer an old Beetle to one of the new ones.

Out of all the cars I have owned, I have a couple favorites. First, my Dodge Daytona. I have a lot of fond memories associated with that car. Unfortunately, it was also a hunk of junk.  The speedometer didn’t work, the antenna was missing, the power steering didn’t work … I think you get the picture.  Why did I love it so much? Probably teenage nostalgia.  The other vehicle I was in love with was my Ford Escape. It treated us so well.  Hubby used to drive a LOT, and we put over 150k miles on that SUV in 4 years… and the transmission finally gave out. I think it lived a good life.  So, when I look for a new vehicle, another Escape is high on the list of possibilities.

I feel like an oddball because I am not a “car person.”  I don’t drool (too much) over sports cars.  In fact, if I were to pick a dream car right now (ignoring what would be practical) I think it would be a tricked out Jeep.  Lifted, light bars, custom rims, tow hooks, etc.  *drool*

How about you?  What was your favorite vehicle?  What’s your dream car?  Do you have any tips for selling a 17 yr old truck?

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