Thursday, January 3, 2008

Commitment Issues

Well folks, I have come to a fork in the road. The question being which road should I take? The long and short of it is that my car needs a motor, and it's not paid for. Yet. I have decided that it is time for the Intrepid and I to part ways. We have been together for four years now. That's the longest I have ever been faithful to one car.

That's because I have always had piece of junk cars that only lasted a couple of years. At the most. I had a cute little fire engine red Pontiac Grand Am with a rear spoiler, it was a two door. When I traded it in I decided that I needed a more mature family car. Hence the Dodge Intrepid. Six months after I bought the car, I was tired of how big it was. Then it was too late. I was in for the long haul. In all fairness it has not had a great deal of mechanical failures. Except for the motor. Which is a pretty big failure in my book. My mechanic did some research and found there are known issues with the motor in the car.

My friends, I am not prepared to sink several thousand MORE dollars into the Intrepid. I don't like it, I am tired of driving it. So, with that being said, I am prepared to take my money to the local Carmax dealership and see what they can do for me. This time I am looking for a couple of things in a car. One-I want it to be small. Sissy will be driving her own car in a few weeks, which means The DQ is the only kid I will be hauling around. Two-I want better gas mileage. With gas topping out at 3 bucks a gallon here, I don't know how much longer I can afford to put gas in my car. You almost need a second job to afford to put gas in your car.

I am looking at a couple of really cute Toyota Corollas. I like the body style. They are small, yet dependable cars. They are reasonably priced. Maybe it won't be a Lexus, but let's face it....I can't afford a car like that anyway. The good thing is, I am not backed into a corner. If I don't like what they are offering as far as payments and interest rates go, I will simply tell them "No thanks" and with much sadness in my heart, repair the Dodge. I REALLY don't want it to come down to that, but I am sticking to my guns.

Also, I will be taking my mechanic with me. He has graciously agreed to accompany me to wild world of car shopping. I can always use an objective party (The fact that he knows his way underneath the hood of a car doesn't hurt either)

Wish me luck as I prepare to attempt to kick the Intrepid to the curb. I can't say I will be sad to see it go. I'm a player like that. Love em' and leave em'.......yep that's me.


HW said...

I am relieved to hear you are buying a new car.

We have had a Toyota Camry and I called it the car that wouldn't die. It only died when my husband wrecked it while eating a Dairy Queen blizzard. Really. It was ten years old when we got rid of it.
Now I drive a Toyota Sienna mini van and I love it.
You will love the Toyota. I hear great things about the Corolla. We are a Toyota family now. So I say go for the Corolla.
But don't eat ice cream while driving it.

Susiewearsthepants said...

LOL-What a great story, I am really excited about trading, I will adhere to your advice about the ice cream.