Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ride on an Emotional Roller Coaster

At least that's what it felt like this Saturday. About a week ago Chris' car stalled while driving. We knew this was probably the beginning of the end. His car was 8 yrs old with 130,000+ miles on it. We had paid it off a few years ago (which was nice), but as time passed the unpredictability of not knowing when we would need to buy a new car caused increasing anxiety.

We got great quotes on a new car, so it would all come down to his car's trade in amount. Kelly Blue Book estimated $2,000-$2,500 for his car. We went to Honda (about 30 mins away) and test drove a beautiful car, talked about financing, got our hopes up and then they said his car was worth only $1,500. We left.

Next up Ford (about 20 mins away). Same process of getting our hopes up, great car at a great price and they say his car is only worth $1,000! We pass again.

We call a local auto lending place and they say his car is worth $1,000 at most. At this point it was looking like a new car was out. His car was in really good condition, but was in a small accident a few years before which really hurt it's resale value.

Then we figured we try one more place. If they offered below $2,000 a new car was out for us. Chris drives 40 minutes away to a place called "We Buy Any Car" :0 This time I stay home with the kids. No sense following Chris for another pointless trip. He calls me hopeful saying they will take his car for $2,350, but we need to make a decision in 5 minutes because they are closing up shop for the weekend. I say okay and load all three kids into the car.

Halfway into the trip to pick up Chris, he tells me to turn around. They started the paperwork and didn't realize his car was in an accident that deployed the air bags, and that would deduct $1,000 from the price they quoted. I turn around and then Chris calls back and says they misunderstood. They thought the air bags weren't repaired, but since they were the original offer was still good. 

At this point I drive to pick him up, not breathing and praying there are no other changes of mind before I get there!! The deal goes through, but they close. Chris packs up his stuff from his car, puts it in a box and walks to wait a Dunkin Donuts till I get there. SO crazy! Hoping to get a new car tomorrow so stay tuned....

7 comments:

  1. Wow! Stressful doesn't even seem to the word to describe what you went through! I do have to say though that Luke and I are kind of going through this now. His truck is old and his brakes went about 2 months ago. Since then we've been a one car family and we decided to find out how much they would cost to fix. They said 1,000. I said that's way to much to put into an old car so we're looking for something as well but it's been tough only having one car because that means I'm stuck at home all day while he has the car at work. Hopefully you find something soon and everything works out for you!

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    1. This makes me feel better about selling his now before a big repair hit us. Try the "we buy any car.com." They give online estimates and have several locations around the U.S.

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  2. Dealing with cars is such a pain in the butt!! We bought a used car from an actual dealership, they told us we would be there for a few hours, we ended up being there for SIX hours!!!! I was NOT happy with that.

    Good luck on the new car search! I hope you can find one that fits your family in it and gets good gas mileage at the same time!

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    1. Thanks! We're getting a small car. It's just for my husband since we already have a family car. We're thinking the Kia Rio or Honda Fit because of size and fuel eco.

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  3. Rollercoaster is an understatement! Sheesh! Well, I'm glad you were able to sell it so that you can get a new car soon :) Best of luck with the hunt!

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  4. Oh my heavens! That is a rollercoaster ride to say the least! I would have been a complete spaz by the end of your day. I am thrilled you got what you wanted in the end and I think I know what car you ended up going with thanks to instagram! Good choice, lady!

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  5. just a little excitement to keep you on your toes! Good luck!

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