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Car Shopping: A New Beginning

Preliminary steps are being taken today to do some car shopping – mind you they are only preliminary steps. Nancy is going to call the Toyota dealership in Wilmington, DE – where they tend to get all of their cars. She’s going to do some research, based on what I think I can afford to pay, on what types of cars – new and certified used – that I can potentially buy. This will give me a starting ground to work with and an idea of what I should be looking at.

This is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. This is my first VERY LARGE purchase, on my own, ever. Yes, the house was a big deal, but that was more Darrick’s baby than it was my own. He pushed for it. He pushed for me to help him with it. He got it, all of it, in the end. This…. will be mine. It’s very scary.

While considering everything, the kind of car I want is likely one I can’t afford. I just can’t get over the stumbling block of wanting a car where I can haul things like lots of boxes and furniture around if I have a need to do so. SUVs are not economical. I should be looking at something that’s economical. They’re also have MUCH higher registration fees than regular cars.

I also want something with 4WD. Having lived on a farm has influenced that. My father still lives on that farm, and I can’t fathom not having a vehicle that is less likely to get stuck when I go there and the ¾ mile lane is a soupy mess, even though I live in suburbia now. It’s a silly thing, I know, but it niggles at me.

The first issue is a much larger issue than the second, and the one that concerns me the most. I like being independent and I don’t like asking for help. I REALLY don’t like asking for help. Part of that is I’m much like my father, and the other part is that inevitably I get disappointed and left to deal with things on my own. So, deciding on a smaller car means I have to be ready to put faith in other people to help me out if it comes down to it.

Funny how such a small thing could affect how you pick the things you want in life.

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bluekitsune
Sep. 8th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe consider looking at the AWD options, too? I love having the AWD on the Subaru, and I know there are various other cars with it on, too. I got a wagon with AWD for exactly the same reasons you list here -- I needed to be able to haul stuff and I needed to be able to get up my parents' driveway in the slush and ice and snow.
nynrose
Sep. 8th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
That's a very good suggestion and I'll definitely keep it in mind. Thanks!
usurpingivylj
Sep. 8th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly - the Outback's a good car. I drove one on rental when I visited my mother last year during the winter. I think the back seats either fold down completely or are removeable. Or, you could opt for a -small- SUV like I have. My seats pull out completely and I've moved myself into the new place all by myself.
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