First off do you enjoy shopping? For anything? Are there some things you enjoy shopping for and others that you just hate? (I know normally my questions come at the end, but hey….)
I enjoy shopping for everything. It’s a challenge to find the “perfect” thing for the “best” price. That means I usually shop a lot before buying anything. The one exception was our lakehouse. We decided to purchase in under a week!!! Everyone who knows us was stunned. But normally, I get a lot of enjoyment out of looking for the best deal. Didn’t get to do that with the lakehouse. We just stumbled on the best deal right off the bat.
Sometimes I don’t know what “perfect” is until I’ve shopped some and made comparisons. That is certainly true where buying a new car is. Generally, it takes me about two years from the time I have the thought, “I think I need a new car.” (“New,” generally meaning not brand new, but certified pre-owned.) to the time of purchase.
iMy old car was a 2012, but this looks a lot like it.
Me in my old car when I got to drive for the first time after breaking my ankle in 2015.
And yes, over the past two years I’ve been going through this process. I start by looking at cars as I drive around trying to decide what color and body shape, I like best.
Once I’ve developed a criteria list and narrowed down the options, then I have to go kick the tires. Well, I did that about two years ago, but we decided not to follow through then.
After two years of studying cars on the road, I had a really good idea of what I wanted. A car as close to the one I had as possible, but newer. 😊 I was driving a teal colored 2012 Ford Escape, which my daughter found for me when she had car trouble and needed my old teal colored Highlander. Do you sense a pattern?
So, this past fall, we began again. We drove several kinds of Fords because I was pretty sure I wanted another one, especially in “my” teal color. We had a terrible experience with a dealership and just ran out of time.
But then Bob gave me a Christmas Gift Certificate for a newer, certified, pre-owned car. But it was Christmas. Everyone was busy. Bob was sick. So, December 29 around 2 pm, I set out on my own and by the end of the day, I drove off in my 2018 Ford Escape. (The dealership made me a really good deal. They wanted to move those 2018s.) (My father would’ve been very proud!) It is, of course, teal colored. 😊 One of my daughters pointed out my car matches my house. 🙂
So, when you car shop what’s the most important? Color, Make, Model, # of Cup Holders? Do you buy new? Do you lease? Love to hear from you.