Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My new grown-up car...

Because of Fluffy, the trip to Dallas last week was tough. I was obviously heartbroken, and it was difficult to focus on everything I had to get done while I was there. But we're planning on moving on September 25, so I knew I was just going to have to buckle down and get it all done.

So Daddy and I went car shopping on Friday afternoon. I knew what I had in mind, and we went to a dealership to look at a particular car. I test-drove it and loved it, and as we walked back into the dealership I had every intention of buying it. But as we went to sit down and wait for the manager to come over and talk with us, we saw a guy grab the keys from the salesman, get into "my" car, and drive away!

We were so confused, and the manager finally came out and explained that the guy had also been interested in buying the car, though he had originally been looking at a different car, and he was driving it home so his wife could see it. The car had been sitting on the lot for 100 days, but the dealership had dropped the price by $3,000 the day before, and I guess that guy spotted a great opportunity just like we had.

But my competitive instinct kicked in, and I told the manager that I was prepared to buy the car right then and there. When he called the guy back, he offered to pay $1,000 more than their asking price, and I accepted defeat.

Funny enough, we ended up looking at the car the other guy had originally been interested in, and I fell in love. It was a year older (with the same body style), with just a few thousand more miles on it, and it was just as clean. It was also $5,000 cheaper.

So I bought it!

In my name, on my own credit, and it felt incredible! I can honestly say that, in that moment, I felt more like a grown-up than I've ever felt before.

So here's a picture of my new, grown-up car.

It's a 2006 Lexus GX470. It's hard to see in pictures, but it's a full-size SUV, about the size of a Ford Explorer.

(Pardon my messy garage in the background. And my reflection on the car. What is that called, Lauren? Catch lights? )

It seats seven, though I'll probably keep the third-row seats folded up most of the time. It has a sunroof, which I love. And it's all-wheel drive all the time, which doesn't lend itself to great gas mileage, but it will be nice when it rains. It has all of these off-road settings and features, and as I was test-driving it, I kept asking myself: Who goes mudding in a Lexus? But I digress...

Here's the inside.

I'm strangely in love with the steering wheel. The wood grain is ridiculously smooth, and it feels wonderful! :) And I'm happy to finally have something with (1) heated seats and (2) a working cruise control.

So, anyway... I just wanted to share my new purchase with you! And that's one more thing I can scratch off my to-do list. We're also pretty certain we've found a place to live, though I'll wait and share more when I'm sure. My next task is to figure out what in the world to do with this house! If only there were more hours in the day...


The Copeland Family said...

Very nice, Ryan!! I,too, love the steering wheel! :)

Basil Glenn said...

Looks like you got a pretty good deal with this car. I know how you feel to have a grown-up car – one that you can totally call yours because you bought it using your own credit and in your name. I just recently bought my second car, which I bought using my own money and name, and it still feels satisfyingly good! ->Basil Glenn

Prince Moss said...

Oh, sunroofs! I love them too. Lexus is a very good choice, Ryan! Riding the car you bought on your own must be very fulfilling. How is the experience so far? I’m still saving up for my next car. I’m planning to get a Lexus car, too, because I know I could never go wrong with it. I look forward to seeing updates about your GX470.

Prince Moss

Ava Harness said...

I had the same experience as yours. I was planning to have my second car, and a black Vios caught my eyes. I knew right then that I fell in love with it! But sadly, somebody already got it. But I think it happened for a reason that it didn't become mine. If it did, I won't end up with my blue Prius that gives all the comfort that I need.

Ava @Elite Toyota

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