Thinking of Buying a Car

Jack Bauer should torture his suspects by making them go car shopping with their exes. -Lorelai, Gilmore Girls

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a newer car. I’m frustrated by it because I’ve finally paid off my Ford Focus that I bought new back in the day with Flame Boy. That car has always been the bane of my existence because it wasn’t entirely my decision. In fact, Flame Boy, as was his way back then, made all the decisions for me, even when I protested. I think that buying a car new isn’t the smartest investment, particularly one I’d done no research on, like my Focus. Don’t get me wrong, eventually I appreciated it, but I never loved it. And I’ve always hated the color. Silly I know, but true.

So now, only 6 years old, the stupid thing is starting to have transmission problems. Focuses aren’t worth much at all, and the cost of fixing it will likely be more than the car is worth. I hadn’t planned on buying a car until I started a family. I wanted a sensible family car, with all the fun car accessories, like navigation, bluetooth, and for the first time ever, an automatic. With all the commuting I’ve done over the years, I can’t wait to not have to shift anymore! So the question now is, if I do get a newer (used!) car, do I go with a family vehicle? And also, do I buy one now, or run my current car into the ground? I don’t like the idea of having a car payment again, but I also have a fear that my car will break down on my way to work, leaving me stranded.
Match is super excited about the idea of me buying a car. His car is his baby, and he’s completely obsessed with all things vehicular. Of course he wants me to get something with a lot of horsepower, while I want something fuel efficient and stable. Oh, and a pretty color and nice body style. Haha. I’m such a girl!

3 Comments

    E

    Ok I’m with you, I have a 4runner now that I like but it wasn’t what I wanted so I don’t really care for it (kinda like you and your focus). Do the math ~ How much can you get for it now? If you run it till something major tears up it will be worth less. So it almost sounds more cost effective for you to get a newer (used) car. But I would go with something you will want to have when ready to start a family. That way by then the car will be paid down at least (maybe even paid off) and you won’t have to worry about that extra expense.

    Or maybe because I secretly want a new car to I am trying to talk you into it šŸ™‚ lol

    Date Girl

    Hahaha, I love the way you think E! šŸ™‚ I’m putting away a monthly car payment right now just to see if I can afford it. I’ll try it out for the next three months and if I’m not feeling broke from it, I think I’m gonna make the jump!

    phoebe

    lol. great comment e! haha

    i think what you’re doing is so smart. putting money away to see if you can live without it. thats what i do. when i paid my car off, i still took that money out each month and put it in and ing account. that way. if i need to buy a new one (knock on wood, hopefully i don’t for a looooong time) then i have something to put towards it. good luck!!

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