Monday, March 28, 2011
So after I finally came to the conclusion that my car was worth nothing. I started thinking about the family Van. Now I never really have liked our van much, it always felt to me like a mini bus more than fun to drive vehicle. But I figured well if my car is dead, I am stuck with the Van.
Then I started thinking about the problems the van had developed over the last few months.
1. It overheats in cold weather, and to stop it requires a glove and a turn of the radiator cap, then jumping back and hoping the hot stuff doesn't splatter on yourself.
2. The doors were randomly locking and unlocking both as you drove and when it was parked so it really was not a safe place to store anything.
3. The alarm had started to go off while driving, and did not like turning off, (very embarrassing)
4. The air conditioner didn't work
5. The heater no longer worked.
6. The cup holder sometimes fell out of the dash (and sometimes it didn't)
7. It had a huge dent in the back due to a parking lot, dent and run.
8. You could take the key out and it would still be running. (kind of scary to me)
9. The back wiper no longer worked and it got really muddy fast on a wet snow day making it hard to see.
10. Well numbers 1 through 9 were enough to convince me that perhaps the idea of holding on to the van and using my now busted car for a trade in for Jack's truck might no be the best idea for family safety and harmony. Oh and it also had the same miles as when our last van hit the dust.
So I spent sometime cruising craigs list, thinking perhaps I would take the money we had saved for a new to us camping trailer and spend on a new to us car, figuring we could save it back again since it would save us from getting a payment.
That's when I and found out the rumor I heard about the "cash for clunkers " government program making older secondhand vehicles sky rocket in price wasn't a rumor.
Now I am not a pick second hand buyer, but I do have a few things I want. I want the vehicle to have less miles than my own broken down one! and I want the add to at least say its in full working order! and nothing in my cash range meet any of those criteria not even in the small car section, and I searched the whole State.
So as I went to bed and prayed, I was coming to the conclusion, that the morning was going to hold some numbers that were going to be a bit frightening to this debt frugal gal.
So the next morning, I drag my husband out of bed very early for his late working self, to drive an hour in our barely holding together van, to pick up our on it's way to junkyard heaven car.
Now if you are not the praying type you may find this funny, heck if you are the praying type you might find this funny. But after arriving to the parking lot where my car was, and unsuccessfully getting it out of park, my hubby and I took time to lay hands on the car and pray. Well can't really remember if we had hands on the car, but we were certainly close to it. After asking for direction and guidance, we called one of the two only car repairs shops in the little college town my car was stuck in.
And that is when they brought it to our attention that a car stuck in park cannot be towed, it has to be lifted! Ughh one more thing against my little silver bullet. The owner also told us that he was booked up for the next week and that it did not sound like an easy fix. So we tried the next shop, they were closed, so we got in our van and drove there to wait till it opened.
Turns out the shop was right next door to the only car dealership in the little college town. And on its lot a bright red truck caught my hubbies eye. Since we had been looking for a truck for a few months, we decide to go look. The price was better than all the trucks we had been looking at, in fact the prices on the lot for most vehicles were better than most dealers we had been looking at. Next thing we know we are going on several test drives and opening and closing doors to view the interior on almost every vehicle they had on their lot.
Never did make it to the repair shop, but it turned out okay. They took my little silver bullet off my hands, and gave me what it would have been worth if it had been fixed (equaled the taxes of my choice). They gave us a good sum for the van too! and according to kelly blue we saved a combined $6000 to $8000 on the combined total of our vehicles, so we felt okay with our choices. (although secretly I got to tell you I will like mine even better once it is paid in full, I am like that)
So here they are!!!!!