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!