So, onward we go. This has been a crazy week at the Wade household. We lost our ever-lovin minds! We bought a new car. Can you say, "HOLY MOLEY, BATMAN!" I am still in shock and haven't been able to go to sleep the last 2 nights I am so jived up. Anytime we make a huge purchase or life changing decision I worry too much about if what we are doing is right.
Shopping for a new car is always so stressful. You have to play the game of dealer vs. car owner. Everyone has his or her game face on. You can't act too interested, you can't take the first price, and you don't want to trade in your old car (but you really hope they will take it!) We had almost drove the life out of our old van. She was a beaut and had served our little family well. We were looking for a dependable, low mileage, cross-over type vehicle. We drove a few and thought, "Meh..." The prices were still crazy high and the vehicles were not too impressive. We were getting discouraged.
Our last stop was Dorsett Mitsubishi. We test drove a Ford Edge (with tons of miles) and thought, "Nah." As we were handing in the keys, and car salesmen pointed us to a Mitsubishi Outlander Sportage. I'm pretty sure I looked at him like he was a nutball.
Here's the crazy thing folks. The banks have a little system going where the newer the car the less interest you pay. For example a 2007 vehicle loan may have a 5% interest, but a 2011 has a 2.5% interest. So, what happens is the monthly payments end up being about the same.
So, for the same monthly payment we could buy a 4 year old car with high mileage or a newer car with low mileage. I kept looking for the man behind the curtain. This couldn't be right.
Now, if you know anything about Bart and Lori Wade, you know that Bart is the planned one and I am the spontaneous one. Bart loves structure, plans, agendas, and thinking everything through a billion times before you do it. I like that too, but I'm the one that pushes us into new things. "Let's try this! We can do it!" Usually I have to drag Bart along when it is time to change, and after a few days he is on board and so happy we did it.
Which is why I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone when Bart was ready to buy that car on the spot, right then. Suddenly I am the apprehensive one. "Woah Nellie! This is not the plan. I need some time to think! We can't do this, can we?"
We went to lunch and called our "car people" (aka people who know cars in our circle of peeps) Everything checked out. We drove back to the dealer, held our breath, and jumped.