We bought a new car!!
It's awesome for so many reasons, but here's a few:
1. It's the first car that I used my OWN money (and some of Mike's) to buy. My Accord was paid for and given to me by my parents back when I started pharmacy school.
2. It was born in THIS century. My Accord was born in 1999, and on its very last leg. The features and knick knacks that fill the Suburu are a thousand times more advanced than my old Accord. I am finally driving a car in the current century.
About two weeks ago, lights started blinking and things started clanking on the Accord. We've been holding off on thoughts of a new car for a while now, but I knew the time was near. My poor girl was giving out on me. With my parents in town over the Thanksgiving weekend, it gave Mike and I a chance to check out some cars.
Initially, I was thinking of getting a minivan but my dad suggested a station wagon. I poo pooed that idea right away. But then practicality kicked in, and I allowed the thought to enter my head.
My first car was a 1980-something Toyota Corolla station wagon. It was red, a 4-speed manual transmission, and served me well. The rear seats folded down and I used a piece of wood to hold up the tailgate so it wouldn't slam down on my head. The seat belts in the back were lap belts only too. It was a good car.
We, along with my dad, checked out the Subaru dealership first and met one of the nicest car salesmen ever. I dreaded purchasing my first car because I didn't want to deal with the aggressiveness of someone wanting to make a sale. But Marcelo was the exact opposite of that. He let us look around, get in and out of cars, never pressuring us to buy. He even told us to look at other manufacturers and come back if Subaru was something we were interested in.
And interested we were. We went back on Sunday, just Mike and I this time, ready to make things happen. Lucky for me, Mike did A LOT of research on packages and trims and prices, so we knew what we wanted when we walked in there. I went for a test drive, liked what I felt, and knew this was it. Our hopes were dampered a bit when they didn't have the car we wanted on the lot, but they found a few at other dealerships. It was a matter of whether or not the car was actually available.
Marcelo disappeared for a bit, but came back with good news...the dealership in Carlsbad had our car! AND we were going to get it that day! They did a dealer trade (Irvine had a car Carlsbad wanted, so they swapped) and by 430 Sunday evening we were taking home our new car.
I feel like adult now, I can check "buy a new car with my own money" off my bucket list. Car payments are a rite of passage, yes? It smells so yummy and new inside, I just wonder how long it'll take before the dirt starts to show.