Friday, June 11, 2010

Search for a Mommy-Mobile

Oh, how frustrating!  Again this weekend we will be car shopping.  Blech.  Right now, in fact, I'm supposed to be looking at car reviews online.  I'm also supposed to be sweeping/mopping/vacuuming, but instead I'm blogging.

Almost three years ago, I got into a bad wreck and crushed my sporty little eclipse.  When looking for new cars at that point, I insisted we get a four-door in case we were successful at getting pregnant.  We looked at some station wagons and minivans, but realized that if we found ourselves permanently unable to have children that we would come to hate the car.  We split the difference, and leased a four-door Audi sedan.

The Audi was great!  So much room -- plenty for kids, right?  Cut to a couple of years later.  We put two car seats in the back and were unable to move the driver's seat back far enough to drive comfortably.  The trunk is ample - quite large in fact, but we cannot take a family trip to the grocery store or to Lowe's or Home Depot because we can EITHER carry baby supplies OR purchased goods.  As the lease comes to an end, we therefore breathe a sigh of relief and start the laborious process of shopping for a more appropriate urban assault vehicle.

This is proving difficult.  We want something large enough for every possibility, but we want to be money smart as well.  We start off looking at some sort of small crossover.  I point out that if we were to take a trip, we wouldn't be able to fit two pack n plays, double stroller, diaper bag, our suitcase, the boys' suitcase and a cooler for baby food in the trunk.  We then move to a larger crossover, but now we're in a similar price point to the SUV's.  We start test driving large crossovers and SUV's, and I fall in love with something that has everything we need.  We then crunch numbers and remember, once again, that when you add up the extra cost of these vehicles PLUS the extra fuel cost, we would be doubling the monthly bill from what a smaller crossover would cost. 

The process begins again.  We've only done this a couple of times, and already I'm sick of car dealerships!

Also, hubby keeps pushing for a pickup truck.  He says that a four-door pickup with a cover on the bed would fit all of our needs.  I just don't know. 

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