My husband recently had a run in with a concrete barrier in Austin (thankfully, he wasn’t hurt) and needless to say we’ve found ourselves in the market for a new vehicle. Yay, debt. The universe knew that our car note was almost paid off and thought, “Not today young savers, not today.”
The car buying process is never fun, but Matthew and I have completely different visions of what an acceptable vehicle should be. So naturally we had a blast. The process took a year month.
Matthew wants a beefy looking vehicle that stands tall and proud. I would prefer my car not to have a stronger self-confidence than me. He wants tires that look rough and tough and I want tires that won’t cost more than my mortgage.
I took to Facebook earlier this week hoping to find some insight on what car we should bring home. I was certain the world was on my side. I. Was. Wrong.
While it was saddening to see I was alone in my car choices, except for the Delorean (no shocker there) I pulled myself together and compiled a list of car buying factors everyone should follow.
The vehicle can’t be so tall that I have to perform calisthenics to get in. In the same respect it can’t be so short that I sound like a slowly deflating balloon getting in and out of it.
When you get into a pre-owned car for a test drive, make sure to turn the radio on. A good indication of the cars’ “vibe” is the last station the previous owners listened to. If I turn the car on and hear Fleetwood Mac, I know I’m at home in this car. We already have a bond. If country music were to play, well, it wouldn’t be a deal-breaker, but the salesman’s job just got a lot harder.
The Peace Keepers
No one wants to argue on a road trip. So, the cup holder to people ratio must be greater than 200%. Also, the arm rests must be clearly designated and ample in surface area. Finally, the charging options. My life is run by an elite team of overpriced electronics. If one of them dies, people could suffer (primarily my husband).
The term “age gracefully” is usually associated with people, (I’m looking at you Meryl) but I need this to apply to car as well. I live in Texas, otherwise known as God’s easy bake oven. My garage is part recreation area and storage locker, so parking in the elements is the only option. Eventually she will fade as time passes, and since I don’t believe can’t afford plastic surgery, she needs be more of a Meryl and less of a Meg Ryan.
I have a knack for finding useless items and bringing it home. I need to know that if I come across a good deal on a canoe or an ostrich that I can bring them home without phoning a friend. By the way, if you have a friend that will help you transport an ostrich, you have won the lottery. Good friends help you move a dead body. Best friends help you move large exotic birds without asking questions.
This one is short and simple, I make it a goal of hitting no less than 3 curbs a week (4 if I didn’t hit my quota the month before) I need to know that this new car can handle what I can hit.
There you have it, 5 overlooked features to look at when you purchase your next vehicle. Also, a big thank you to the team at Don Ringler in Temple, Texas for helping us find a vehicle! She may not be brand new, but she has low miles (only 50,000) and can be paid off in a year! #nodebt