This is our new mom-car, just shy of being a mini-van, paid off by mom’s accident after an unexpected settlement. Not a gazabillion dollar settlement, but just exactly enough to replace the car and pay mom’s hospital bills, for which we are grateful. I cried and cried because these random pieces continue to unfold, and so we keep having to relive it.
I would rather have my mom than a new car.
But it was our second car that was totaled in her accident, and Nathan and I have been sharing our one car ever since. We don’t mind so much, but sometimes lose a lot of time, and need another car if we are going to have kids in the house full time – kids that have to go to therapy appointments and court ordered visitations frequently and often, despite our work schedules.
So we did it.
We waited for a long time, debated lots, researched tons, and came up with this one (Chevy Equinox) as having the best safety ratings, most room inside, and lowest price. Since we paid for it in full, we got a model upgrade (extra features we didn’t ask for) and five year / 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty thrown in for free AND I was able to haggle it down to list price.
If I can shop in Jerusalem, I can buy a car in America for a legit price. Heh.
We could have gone ahead and gotten a mini-van in case we end up with that many kids (or friends of kids), but we decided not to go in debt and only get what could be paid for now. If we really end up in mini-van crisis and decide we can handle car payments again, then we could always trade in our new-old car. But for now, we really like not having any debt.
Happy foster care to us.