Thursday, January 10, 2013
New Year, New Car!
My roommate's car is a Mazda Miata, which is awesome, but it is not a very good vehicle for the Pacific Northwest winters. It's perfect in the summer to drive around town with the top down, but this rear-wheel drive vehicle is not snowy, or really even rain, friendly. Plus, I'm 5'9" and the Miata is a bit small for a person my size.
So, I looked at the local dealership's inventory online on New Year's Eve and emailed them about my interests. I was called the next day and started a fairly lengthy conversation about what I wanted and what I could afford. Then, I called my dad. My father has worked in the car business for over twenty-five years and he knows an encyclopedia's worth of information that could help me make the right decision.
I've never bought a car before. My dad has always handled it, and as a woman over thirty I wanted to finally have this experience. My dad was excited for me, and I could tell he really wanted to do more but I wouldn't let him. He told me some great questions to ask, made his recommendations and set me loose. I also got some great feedback from a co-worker and friend, Sarah. She really gave me some direction about what to look for when shopping for a vehicle, and in the end her advice and my father's recommendations are what I used to find the perfect car for me.
I bought a pre-owned, certified 2010 Hyundai Tucson and I love it. My car payments are perfect for my budget and the vehicle is 4-wheel drive, which is just what you need in the winter here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm also really proud that I handled everything mostly on my own and actually did something grown-up for once. Plus, it's pretty fabulous to accomplish one of my 2013 goals just four days into the year!
So, the snow is starting to come down and I have no reservations about driving in it. I will always be a southern girl, but slowly the Pacific Northwest is becoming my home.