Aren't the soccer moms the ones that drive mini vans?
Forgive me if you are (were) a soccer mom and drove (drives) a mini van.
I drove a mini van since 1989. Is there an intervention for such a thing?
Two Chevy Astro vans and an Oldsmobile Silhouette.
The Oldsmobile Silhouette was purchased August 28, 1999. It was a necessary purchase, one we didn't want to make, but the newly paid off 1996 Chevy Astro van had been totalled 18 days prior (not my fault).
The Silhouette was 17 years old with 93,695 miles on it. It got a lot of driving when the kids were going to school, this activity, that activity. This vacation. This move. This son learning how to drive. This son taking it when his car was broken down. You know the story.
The last few years it barely got driven. There were times when we lived in Prescott before we moved to Phoenix that it didn't get driven for 2-3 weeks at a time. The battery would go dead during those times but always started with a charge.
It needed work, but it still got you around for short distances. I rejoiced that it made the drive from Prescott to Phoenix without breaking down.
It was the last connection with that silly corgi of ours. He had many a car ride in it and had journeyed from Montana to Southern California in it, several places in Southern California too. It still had corgi hair in it (a gift that keeps on giving, even when you vacuum diligently).
Time to let it go.
We needed another reliable vehicle. Hubby drives 50 miles one way to work. His Nissan Versa is great and good on gas, but it was time to get another vehicle to drive on the weekends to give the Versa a bit of a rest.
It was time to say goodbye to the Silhouette.
Hubby did his research and based on what he thought we needed, he thought the Nissan Rogue was a good thing to buy.
He did a lot of research on prices, models, etc.
We went to the dealership this past Saturday. Prepared to get the deal we wanted. We had printed paperwork of what the car was going for, the abundance of cars in the dealership, and the fact that the Rogue which had a previous selling day of 51 days went up to 71 days.
We got an inexperienced sales person. Three weeks into the job. He learned a lot in the negotiations. We were his first car sold there at the dealership. He remarked he wished he had worn a tie that day because I guess it is customary for a salesman to cut his tie when making his first car sale. A delightful young man. I wish him and his family well.
We got a really great deal. Thankful to hubby for his research and his negotiations. I stay out of it. I tell him "you do your thing" (after all that is what he does for a living) and I tell him "when its time to walk, you let me know and I'll be right behind you." I knew we needed a car but I didn't want a car payment so if he said "its time to go" I would have been right there behind him.
What I didn't realize was how sentimental I would be towards the Silhouette. Cleaning it out Saturday morning before we went in, I saw the bits of a corgi's fur. And then I remembered so many wonderful memories of that van. My kids grew up in that van. Seventeen years. Low mileage. At the dealership they were amazed at the condition of it and the low mileage.
I cried a few tears and said to our salesman when we got there "I changed my mind" (We had been in the previous week to look at Rogues and do some fact finding).
It was a good vehicle. It never left me stranded and it needed minor repairs.
This Rogue potentially could be the last vehicle we purchase. Its sobering. But if we keep it as long as the Silhouette, it really very well could be.
And the car payment really isn't that bad.
And it rides similar to the van.
Now I just have to drive it more.
Working at home, I never drive. But it will be the weekend vehicle and if I need to run an errand during the week. I would imagine it too will have low mileage during its life.
Goodbye van. Thank you for being so faithful to us.