Monday, August 2, 2010

I'm a big girl now.......

So this weekend I put my big girl panties on and decided to take the plunge..............





I bought a new car!!!! This was very difficult for me in the sense that A) it involved striking a check for a very expensive item that is going to lose its value the moment you drive it off the lot (stomach churns, heart palpitations set in); B) I have been working very hard on not impulse buying....but ATTENTION: if you go to a dealership on the LAST day of the month, they will use everything in their salesman pocket to taunt you with the new car. This most definitely worked in our favor. The thought of going to a dealership, and then walking away with a car was a very foreign concept to me. I thought I would go, look around, test drive maybe, hear the people out, and then go home and sleep on it. Apparently, most people come in, see something and go home with it that day. That, or all of the places I went have incredibly smooth salesmen. We were watching people drive off the lot left and right!
I have to say that I have learned a thing or two in this experience. First, I was trying to channel my MIL, because she is the best negotiator you will see....I did drive a hard bargain and they thought they were pulling one over on me since I was a "first time buyer." Playing the innocent, "I don't know anything young Mama" definitely gave me some leverage. Especially when I wouldn't budge, put the pen down, got up to walk out and they came back and dropped it even more! I have to say I was pretty proud of the hubs and I.....Raymond's family has always said, he shoulda been a lawya.....yes he should your honor.....
So what did we end up with????

ta da!!!! The trusty ole Ford Explorer....I had my mind set on a Tahoe/Expedition size...but given my driving capabilities, this was a much better suit for me....afterall, I would like for my fellow driving citizens to feel trustworthy that I am not going to kill them on the road. I feel safe, sit up nice and high, but not too much, and I will definitely notice if I run over something.....those others were like driving a battleship for me.....maybe one day when we have more kids....for now, this little beauty is perfect!!! And the Bug just loves her new wheels!!!
It's a beauty!!! Plus, we got 50 free carwashes!!! The only downside? My family expects my car to look like this at all times.......hrmph......I blame it on the bug : )
So it's goodbye Audi (that was hard to say goodbye to her!!!! I most definitely teared up). You were so good to me! Just needed more room!!
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!! Can't wait to read all of your posts about them!!!

22 comments:

  1. Yay, how exciting! And good job on the good negotiating skills, m'am!

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  2. The hubs and I have been looking at Explorers too! Love it!

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  3. HOT CAR! Love it!

    Now you need a picture of yourself driving it :)

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  4. Nice!! Enjoy driving your new ride!!

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  5. Good for you!!! I know you will love having an SUV, and I so glad that you and the hubs are great negotiators. So many people are idiots when it comes to purchasing cars. Enjoy!!!

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  6. That is so funny, the hubby and I bought a Ford Escape on the last day of the month as well! We got a great deal for it. Congrats!

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  7. Oh yayyyyy! Congrats lady. Love that new car smell!

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  8. congrats! i went through my first car buying experience a couple years back and i have to say, it makes you feel oh so proud of yourself! my last car was an explorer and i loved it dearly! happy driving!

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  9. Nice! My man has an Explorer; they're great for transporting three mad mutts around!

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  10. Yay for your new car!!! It looks perfect... good luck keeping it clean!

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  11. I hate car shopping just because it is such a big purchase but looks like you did awesome! Love it! Congrats!

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  12. Congratulations! We also bought my car on the last day of the month and had a great experience talking down the price. Your car is beautiful! Does it smell good? I love new car smell!

    Have fun watching The Bachelorette tonight!

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  13. omg, i so cried when i traded my car in!! i was going on and on about college and moving, getting married, different jobs! so funny! i never expected that to happen!

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  14. I'm cracking up at you talking about your driving...I love it! SUVs are so much fun to drive. It's a beauty!

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  15. Yeah for you girl! Gorgeous gorgeous new addition to the family! I love black cars- it is the only color car I have ever had and will have! Great purchase

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  16. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your comment meant a lot to me. I love your new car. I'm kinda a small bit jealous!! Have fun in it.
    Cyndi

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  17. You are bad ass! Check you out as the hard core negotiator! I always get so flustered.

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