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We are shopping for a car.
Not shopping like going around to car dealerships
to be haggled by combed over men in bad suits letting them run our credit, but shopping like I spend every morning building my car on random car maker websites.
And blatantly ignoring all of the emails Dumb Dad sends me featuring pictures of ridiculously priced, insanely fast, shiny sports cars he likes.
But will never own.
A lot of research goes into this whole thing because not only is it a huge investment, but we need to find something reliable
that is pretty we can all fit into and afford.
I have to say that while there is a whole bunch of pretty on the market, not much of it is big enough for a family of five (3 of which will one day be man sized teenagers) with a 70lb dog to comfortably travel in (we don’t fly as a family much, but we like to go on plenty of summer road trips). Not much that’s also affordable anyway.
Currently I drive a Honda Pilot.
I love her so, SO much.
sort of affordable to buy and to drive, and pretty in that girl next door sort of way we all know and love.
She’s like, um, the Jennifer Aniston of cars. Cute, and relatable, and nice, and exactly what you expect her to be.
But she is also old and filthy and old and ready to be upgraded.
Plus, we are on this complex buying-a-car-rotation-plan that requires us to purchase cars on a certain schedule for maximum long term affordability based on other expected finance related events we anticipate occurring in the future.
Yeah, budgeting is a science, that’s why it’s confusing.
But basically I’m saying that we determined many years ago which years we would purchase certain high dollar items so that we could plan and save and go with quality. So, if we want to ensure that our next major purchase is affordable and attainable, we need to buy a new car at some point in 2012.
The question is which new car.
My natural inclination as someone who, in my older, more crotchety state, doesn’t seem to appreciate change as much as I used to, tells me to just buy a new Pilot.
Jennifer Aniston is still making movies…
It fits the family. It gets good gas mileage (you know, to be a road beast). It’s 10 times cooler than a minivan (no offense, van drivers, but no matter how much swagger they put in that wagon I’m not gonna be buying one). And, it’s relatively affordable (if you think dropping nearly 40 grand on something you can’t live in affordable).
But then, my head gets turned by all of the pretty that is out there.
Since I became a member of TWIN (Toyota Women’s Influencer Network) I’ve spent an obscene amount of time
drooling over researching the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Seriously that thing is gorgeous.
It is the Angelina Jolie of family cars. And I totally want to be Brad Pitt up in here!
I bet it smells like fresh peaches inside!
Either way, I know that, once we make it to the haggling phase of this car buying journey, I am so willing to swap a day at the Porshe dealer with Dumb Dad for a day at the Toyota dealer so I can drive that Land Cruiser at least one time.
I can just see myself in that thing looking all Mom Awesome!
And small (I like looking small, so cars that provide me that optical illusion get a thumbs up in my book!).
I only see two main drawbacks:
- It’s too pretty for my children. They ruin things. With their dried fruit snacks and juice boxes. And, no way could I let them do to my Sequoia what they have done to my Pilot. It looks like I slaughtered a deer inside of it. And, for the record, I would never.
- It’s nearly $70k. Maybe if someone wanted to gift it to me? I’d totally go all Demi-Moore-Robert-Redford-Indecent-Proposal for it. I wouldn’t require a million bucks to leave
my husbandWoody Harrelson for Robert Redford (maybe not today’s Rob, but 1993’s Rob, for sure!), all I’d need is a Toyota Sequoia to seal that deal.**
I’d like to say that when The Dudes are all grown up and
kicked moved out I will drive a Land Cruiser, but I’ll probably drive something adorable and planet friendly like a Mini or a Prius.
After years of Dude and dog hauling I guess I’ll owe it to the planet to destroy it less.
Until then, back to SUV shopping…
*pBd Admits She Hangs Out With These People. But they aren’t paying me. I am a member of TWIN, so I am privy to plenty of free INFORMATION about Toyota and their vehicles. They are not paying me for these posts and they didn’t give me a Land Cruiser either so these opinions are all my own.
*Calm down I wouldn’t leave Dumb Dad for either of those men. I’m not THAT shallow. I’d seriously have to take a beat though if it were, say Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling. Probably wouldn’t even require the truck thrown into the deal for that!