So this week I was able to enjoy another new thing. I bought a new car. It’s not a “new” car as in a 2014 or 15 model, but it’s new to me. I purchased a 2010 Nissan Altima. I love it.
I have toyed with the idea of getting a new car for quite some time. After all, my car had 150,000+ miles on it and was in desperate need of a paint job. But it was paid for so I hated the idea of going in debt. But a trip a few weeks ago solidified my decision to move forward with the purchase.
My friend and I had a weekend at the beach. We won it in a contest and it was spectacular and very much needed. Anyhow…..during that trip, the back passenger floorboard flooded a few times. When I say “flooded”, this is not an exaggeration. It was standing water. Standing — as in around an inch deep — I would sop it up with a towel and then it would happen all over again. That was it. I knew a car purchase was going to be in the near future.
Previously my father worked at a car dealership so this was my first experience going through the whole process of purchasing a car without him and mainly on my own. Rick was there, but left me to work through it by myself since it is the car I would primarily drive. It was the last day of the month so I was pretty much able to set my own price. The process wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I had worried.
I must say, however, that when the salesman, Carlos, quoted me a price, I excused myself to the restroom where I quickly looked up the value on the Kelley Blue Book website. Additionally, I called my dad just to get some reassurance. Yes. I called my dad from the bathroom of the car dealership. You did read that correctly.
In the end, Dad reassured me that it was a fair deal. I signed the papers and drove home in my cool ride…..as cool as a mom can be in a four door sedan with a child’s carseat in the back.