*As of tomorrow afternoon!
Papa had spent hours on the internet looking at Car Fax and Car Guru over the past few weeks. We had found a few matches online but the cars always seemed to either a. get sold before we could get there or b. were at dealerships with horrid ratings.
Finally, he saw a potential match in the town next to us...Nice looking car with a good dealer! So last Friday evening we went to check it out and have a little fun in the process!
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have the worst poker face on the entire planet...Which is why I was shocked when Papa told me to play "Bad Cop" with the salesman! I had taken one look at the car and was ready to buy it and now he wanted ME to act like I didn't want it?!?! Well I am happy to say I played my part perfectly (HAHA!) because I harnessed my "inner practical mom" and pretended that we needed this as a family car. You know the drill....the backseat isn't very large, we could get more gas mileage out of another Honda, etc. We were even able to get another $500 shaved off the price - which was already very competitive!
We left a small refundable deposit with the dealership so we could "sleep on it and discuss it" overnight. Yeah, like that happened. At least I waited until we were back in our car and the salesman was out of sight before I finally was able to let out the pent up excitement!
It's a nice car, truly it is. It's an older car but without the mileage you would expect a ten year old car to have. Oh and I probably should mention it is a FUN car - as in a convertible. BUT, it gets decent gas mileage, is all wheel drive, and will be used by Papa year round. And we have a two year unlimited bumper to bumper guarantee.
While some could say that getting a second car is frivolous, this is what will work best for my family. Driving Papa back and forth to work, albeit a fairly short (15 miles one way) commute, was killing our gas consumption and putting extra miles on our first car - which has almost 250K on it!
I will miss getting the extra time alone with Papa during our drives to and from his job. But, this is so much better in the long run.