Wondering why I’ve been so quiet this week? Especially towards the end of the week? Well, I’ve been busy trying to make a decision. And I hope you aren’t thinking I’m announcing a pregnancy because I’m not 😉
I’ve had my Mazda Protege for 9 years. We bought it brand new almost exactly 9 years ago and I’ve been the only owner. I think we’ve taken good care of it… I’m sure we have, otherwise it probably wouldn’t have lasted 9 years. Anyway about 3 weeks ago, the car overheated on my way to work. And it didn’t just get hot, it overheated to the point where it cut off. We fixed the thermostat and the radiator and thought we were in the clear. We weren’t. This past Friday, we found out that the head gasket was blown. That is not a cheap fix. It could be anywhere skyward of $2,000! We were stuck and it was a holiday weekend. Our choice was.. fix the car or buy a new one.
That wasn’t an easy decision. I mean, I love my Mazda and I was in love with not having a car payment. Seriously in love with that. But $2,000 is a lot of money. So we decided to buy a new car. This past weekend we had the chance to rent a pretty awesome SUV (with the compact car rate because they were out) and took our time looking for what we really wanted in a car. I mean, did we want used or brand new? another compact or something bigger? How much did we want our payments to be? Those were all the questions running through my head and more.
Since my old car was brand new when we bought it and it lasted 9 years, we decided to go brand new again. I mean it served us great in the past right? If we bought new, we were sticking with the compact car… lower car price means lower car payment. Anyone like dealerships? Cause I don’t. I also don’t like shopping for new cars. But we knew which one to go to that would help us pick exactly what we wanted and have a wide variety of cars. It took us until Wednesday to finally agree on something and a price. I have a lot more car then I wanted (all they had was the base model in an ugly to me color or the top of the line) but I finally have something I don’t have to worry about for a while. So now I am the proud owner of a Hyundai Elantra that looks something like this:
My favorite part is not having a new car, it is having something that will help us save on gas and that is safer for me and my children.