Car Shopping!

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.

iimg_9720 (1) old carMy 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. 😊 img_0612 img_5044 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.

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9 responses to “Car Shopping!

  1. Lordy, buying a car is so hard. I went to a nearby dealership to test drive the car I wanted. When I booked an appointment, no one helped. I had to get the manager to help. Then the salesman acted like I had a disease. No one ever called me back. I went to another dealership and we drove several. Only it took four hours to buy the car and Handsome wasn’t doing very well because of his surgeries. Years earlier, I had a dealership give me something I hadn’t ordered. Your new car looks very nice.

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    • Hey, Vicki. Wow, you really had an ordeal. Dealerships need to know how important service is, not just fixing the car when it’s needed, but personal service. That’s why I returned to AutoNation. Good luck with your next buy. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. I knew what I wanted when I went to buy my first car that was truly mine, read: choosing and paying for it. It took some time to get exactly what I wanted, but he’s been very reliable. Picked up Finn in September 1999. Still going strong, recently surpassing 268,000 miles. I LOVE my Explorer!

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    • Hey, Renee, Wow, you mean Finn is the first and only car you’ve bought yourself?! Just Wow! I’d never be able to give him up. I get emotionally attached to my cars, which is one reason it takes so long to shop and part with it. I still think you should contact Ford at the National level and get them to do a commercial with you and Finn. they are missing out on a cool opportunity. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  3. You have a nice looking car, Marsha.

    I love to shop. I love being out where people are. The more people, the better. I mostly window shop and hardly ever buy anything, but that doesn’t matter to me. It’s the going, I enjoy.

    Saying this, I can’t say I am into shopping for cars. 🙂

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    • Hey, Susan. See, I don’t have to buy either. I like the shopping itself. Now yes, this time I was on the hunt for the perfect car, but I like to look at houses, and I’m not buying anymore houses, but it’s just so fun. My father took me car shopping with him a lot when I was young, and I think I just got the bug. 🙂 I like the challenge of finding the perfect thing (whatever that is) for the best price. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


  4. I am not a shopper, but my older daughter is THE shopper. I hate to go with her. I have to beg to stop to eat lunch!! And I really hate having to go get a specific item, like finding an outfit for the class reunion or a bedspread, etc. My husband doesn’t like shopping for cars at all! We keep them forever. He gave me my Mustang in ’95 and it’s still going. We kept Big Blue, the truck till 2014 when it turned 20. He chose the truck, no fancy chrome or bells and whistles, but a new one. The minute you drive it off the lot, it depreciates in half. sigh…He hates buying a car because it is not a good investment. LOL…but a necessity. I’m proud of you for taking on buying a car. Too much responsibility for me! But I must admit, I do add my 2 cents when it comes to buying one every 20-25 years…..
    JQ Rose

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    • Hey, JQ. You made me laugh with your tale of keeping cars for so long. You and my friend Renee above have that in common. Interesting that your daughter is the shopper when neither you nor your father are. I didn’t get a 2019 because of the depreciation issue you mentioned. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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