Car update

Mar. 25th, 2010 07:36 pm
[personal profile] jenn_unplugged
Thanks for all the suggestions and comments on my last post!

So, everything has changed now. We spent an entire day test driving cars about a week ago, and almost bought a Hyundai Santa Fe. We took a car seat with us and stuck it behind the driver's seat of at least 20 different vehicles, to make sure a RF car seat would fit behind me while I drive. Very few vehicles passed that test. Well, very few that weren't huge SUVs or minivans.

Anyway, we were sitting there in the Hyundai dealership, having made an offer on that Santa Fe (the car seat didn't fit in the Tucson), and I suddenly realized with a bolt of anxiety that this was not the car I wanted. It's a perfectly nice vehicle, but it's not for me, not right now. So when the sales guy came back with a counter-offer, we said "no thanks!" and walked out. And I never regretted it, not at all.

What I really want is, well, the car I have now. But a little bigger, and newer, and with some nicer interior features. So we went to the BMW dealership to see what they had to offer. We drove an X3 and a gorgeous used X5 (both SUVs), but they still didn't feel right. So there it was, no SUV -- not even a BMW one.

And you know, I really don't want a huge SUV or a minivan. I will likely end up with a minivan at some point, but I just don't need that much space yet. At the moment, we have one child. We might have another, and we might not. I don't know yet what's going to happen there, and though I want to make sure my new car choice can accommodate that infant car seat, I don't want to be limited by it, KWIM? It's sort of pointless to buy a vehicle based on a hypothetical second child. Not to mention potentially depressing, if it never happens.

We started looking at the 5-series sedans then, and the moment I got behind the wheel of one, I was all, "YEAH, BABY." I can even get one the exact same color as my 3-series sedan so really, it looks like I'm going to get my car, only bigger and newer and a little fancier. And yes, a RFing car seat does indeed fit behind the driver's seat with me sitting in it, just in case. :-)

We're going to go back this weekend and see if we can make a deal. They have a great selection of used cars, and the new 528i models are on sale at a good price. So maybe on Saturday, I'll get a new car.

I think this is the right choice, I really do. It's been surprisingly hard, but I learned that I'm really not an SUV person -- despite trying it on for a few weeks. This made Doug extremely happy, as he hates SUVs and thinks they should be banned from the planet. The thought of possibly buying one was really hard for him to contemplate, though he was gracious about letting me make the decision about the car I wanted. And I learned that I love my BMW, heh. I'll let y'all know what happens on Saturday!

Date: 2010-03-26 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Doug is right. :)

Glad you aren't one of "those people". hehe.

I think of you more as sedan person, if that matters!

Good luck getting the new car!

Date: 2010-03-26 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not one of "those people" yet, anyway! We'll see what happens in the future, but for now, I think this is going to be perfect. :-)

Date: 2010-03-26 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, glad you're going to end up with a car you'll really like! :D The BMWs are nice, I have to say!

It must be new car season! Our good friend Ari just got a new car last week, and Grant has been doing some serious research into cars since we moved (and I can't walk or bus everywhere anymore, so we need a second car -- I hadn't ever thought of Redmond as "urban living", but when you can walk everywhere you want and bus into downtown Bellevue or Seattle in half an hour, that is what you've got!). He really liked the BMW 335i, but the seat itself was not comfortable for him, and man, he tried so hard! But it is just not going to work out. So he's got a couple of second choices, now, and maybe this weekend we'll end up with one. :)

I, on the other hand, haven't driven hardly at all in the last ten years, so I am extremely happy that the car I will be driving is going to be a ten-year-old Honda with great safety features, excellent handling, and which is fully paid off. It's the kind of car you would want your sixteen-year-old in when they start driving, you know? XD Which is where I feel like I am, driving-wise. I'll get more confident, of course, but it's a terrific "starter"/"starting over" car!

Date: 2010-03-26 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, so nice! Someone commented on my last post that once you drive a German car, it's hard to go back, and wow, that's really true.

I've had a 330 for the last 7 years (which was the predecessor of the 335), and it's been an amazing vehicle for me. The idea of getting a new(er) 528 in the same color takes the sting out of saying goodbye to that car, I have to say.

How are you doing in the new house? Is it weird to be living further out of town, or are you loving it?

Date: 2010-03-26 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Apparently this even applies to test-driving; Grant went back to test-drive the BMW again (having discovered he didn't love any of his second choices) and seems to have found a way to get comfortable. Go him, says me, 'cause it was certainly the most comfortable car I've sat in for all this test-driving. XD

Oh, I didn't even ask, what color? I'm trying to remember if you had it already when I visited, or if that might've been an older car!

The new house is SO NICE. I don't even have words for how much of an upgrade it was! I mean, I have a kitchen that two people can fit in and cook in at the SAME TIME. XD So far, the whole past month has been spent with the little stuff (repainting rooms, picking out new closet hardware, getting the hot tub fixed, shopping for new desks...), and I'm kind of ready to be done with that, but the house is SO GREAT. And we have wine fridges now! XD One for whites and one for reds. We are mostly fans of Washington Syrahs and German Rieslings, although I have a soft spot for Sauvignon Blanc...

Anyway, as for living further out, I actually really, really like it -- I miss the convenience of being a ten-minute walk from everything, but it's worth it to have (close to) an acre in the woods. :) The trees in our yard are hundred-year-old cedars! It's crazy. My parents are going to think we live in the boonies when they come visit, since civilization is not so obvious out here -- you have to know where to find it. But the neighborhood is just gorgeous, and the feeling of space and privacy is exactly what we were looking for!

Also, we finally have a kitty. :D We're pretty happy about that, too!

Date: 2010-03-26 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How exciting! And wow, an acre? So did you have to buy a lawnmower?

When we moved to Austin we went from a 1200 square foot condo to a 3900 square foot house. The kitchen in our current house is at least twice the size of the one in the condo! It was so crazy at first, but we got adjusted to the space very fast, LOL.

My car is silver with a gray interior. I'm hoping I can get a new one in the same silver, though I could go black or gray on the interior. So is Grant going to get the BMW, then?

Date: 2010-03-27 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How exciting! And wow, an acre? So did you have to buy a lawnmower?

Awesomely, no! Our back yard, such as it is, is woods, gravel hiking paths, and dirt for planting/things that the previous owners planted. So far we're just excited to see what comes up. All kinds of flowers, lots of ferns! Supposedly we have fruit trees of some kind, but we have no idea which ones (or if that was an exaggeration). :D

We got a great deal on the house, and we think part of the reason is it doesn't have a "yard" in a traditional sense, not the kind of thing you'd normally expect to be able to let your dog and kids run around in. It has a wonderful deck, though! It really is exactly the kind of lot we were hoping for; big and spacious and low-maintenance, with lots of natural, native plants. Grant is very excited about getting to garden. He's like Carter; he wants to be outdoors all the time. XD

It looks like he is going to go for the BMW, yes -- apparently the dealership he's been talking to got one in that was leased for just a year or something, and is in a color combo he likes (black/black -- for him, it needs to be not red or white, black interior preferred), with various nice options. :) He's been pretty sold on this model ever since we test drove it the first time, so at this point I'm kind of hoping he'll be able to close the deal soonishly, so I can have MY car, heh. But of course, that does mean we have to clear the crap out of that first parking space in the garage. (That's one of the other weird things. We went from a one-car garage to having three spaces! Three! Craziness! We're so not a three-car family yet... although when my confidence picks up, I am totally going to test drive a Mini. ^_^)

Date: 2010-03-26 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, and yay kitty! I've seen some of your kitty vids on FB, aw. So sweet!

Date: 2010-03-27 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tee! We're so pleased! I didn't realize how much we were going to enjoy having a cat, but Olaf is awesome. :)

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