I promised Girl Ninja that I would put the extra money I made while in Korea, in to a special savings account specifically designated for the purchase of our next vehicle. Now that I’ve received all my reimbursements and paychecks accounting for the overtime I worked, she’s ready to go test drive some cars.
Personally, I’m not thrilled by the idea. Car sales people are probably my least favorite people on earth, well after Girl Scouts that is. They are jedi-mind sorcerers. You go in to the dealership hoping to test drive a gently used compact car, and leave the lot three hours later with a brand spanking new 8 passenger minivan that you don’t even like. You justify this by saying “I got a great deal, $7,000 off sticker price” as though you somehow screwed the dealership out of money, when really you just gave them $25,000.
Although I’m definitely not as excited as GN about beginning the “new to us” car shopping process, I’d be lying if I said the thought of four doors wasn’t at least slightly appealing (I have a coupe). Let’s lay some facts out as I see ’em…
- I bought my Scion tC brand new in 2006 and it still has less than 40,000 miles on it. Girl Ninja’s 2005 Toyota Corolla was bought used and currently has 91,000 miles on it.
- We both acknowledge we do not need an SUV.
- We both want an SUV.
- We could sell her car for around $8k no problem and mine for $11k.
- We have a nice chunk of cash in savings.
- We don’t want to buy a house.
- We’d be looking in the $13,000 to $17,000 price range for a used SUV (depending on make/model).
- The most cash we would be willing to go out-of-pocket is around $5,000. Everything else has to be made up from the sale of one of our vehicles.
- We are not interested in anything but an SUV (sorry to those that hate SUVs).
- I’m almost positive we will buy the vehicle through Craigslist.
Even though I’d rather wait until we have kids to upgrade vehicles, I’m only 50% of this household. Girl Ninja definitely wants a new car, more than I don’t want a new car. We work hard and save diligently, so why not live a little?
It’s easy for us to tell other people how to spend their money, and I imagine some of you will hate that we are considering an upgrade when our two vehicles have lots of life left in ’em. But anyone who has read this blog for a while, knows that we are far from careless when it comes to spending money. In fact the last $1,000+ purchase I made was in early 2010 on our plane tickets to Aruba for the honeymoon.
A little luxury isn’t a bad thing is it? Got any car hunting tips for me? My landlord’s wife is a car broker and she said she could help us out, I know nothing about car brokers…are they legit?