Monday, September 29, 2014

Cars- Old & New

Last week was crazy. We were in Minnesota last weekend with Monday off and coming back from a trip like that always makes my week feel hectic. To add to the crazy, our car, a Ford Focus, decided to break down while Richard was driving it to work Wednesday morning. So I had to leave work to go pick him up on the side of the interstate (scary) so that we could drive to buy a new battery so we could get the car up and running to drive it to the nearest repair shop to replace the alternator.

Then we had a long talk about finally saying good bye to the Focus. We bought that car not too long before we got married and we have put a lot of miles on the car. We knew when we bought that car it would not last us all that long, but we did not pay a whole lot for it so it was good enough to get us by. We finally decided to bite the bullet and get a new-ish car instead of continuing to throw money into a car that was going to die.
So we went car shopping. We learned some valuable lessons while car shopping too. First, car salesman are really shady. We started out looking at new 2014 Hyundai Elantras. Their sticker price was much higher than we wanted to go so we negotiated a bit and they still would not come down so the guy suggested we look at used. So he brought in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra for us to look at. We were not convinced that it was a good price, so he started throwing numbers at us. This is where we learned our second lesson, Don't trust their numbers. We were told during negotiations that certain things would be included and we were under the impression that it was included in the price of the car, not an additional add on expense. So the car ended up being that much more expensive than we were hoping, but at the end of the day we got a nice car that will last us a long time.
They included a trade in with our Focus as part of the deal and we knew that it would be much harder to sell that car on our own so we were happy with that piece. We also had them add leather and heated seats to the car without any additional expense on our part since that was one of the features we liked in the new cars. My favorite feature of the car is the built in music capabilities and that you can stream music from your phone. I have that feature in the car I drive (a Jeep) so it was always annoying not to have in the car we drive the most often.
We woke up Saturday morning and Richard was outside messing with the new car, so I decided to join him and clean up the Jeep a bit. That car was full of a bunch of crap, mostly because my husband took stuff from his car and threw it in mine. Also, I had some blankets and baskets from a newborn session I did back in April. Pathetic I know.
Once we had all the crap cleaned out and brought in the house, we decided to go take it to get a car wash and vacuum it out. There is a place called RocketFast Car Wash by us where you can get a car wash and then you get to use their vacuums for as long as you need. So together we went and washed the car, vacuumed it out and used Clorox wipes on every surface that could be cleaned. We actually had to go through the car wash twice because there was nasty black sap from the Pecan tress at work all over every inch of the Jeep. No matter where you park you are always under a pecan tree.
P.S. Don't mind my hair or my horrible shirt. It was laundry day so I did not have many options.
Once we were all done my car was sparkling clean and the only things left in the back were some chairs and some car supplies. Considering we don't have a garage, I would say it is pretty empty compared to where it was before.
That is the story of how we started the week with two disgusting cars and ended it with a new car and a clean car.
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