Our family car was a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. It was an absolutely amazing car. It was HUGE with a V8 engine and 3rd row seats and was just the BEST family car. I would have driven that car forever, I absolutely loved it. Over the last two years I would estimate that we have sunk $5,000 into the car trying to keep it running. In June, it broke down in the middle of a 4 lane bypass during morning rush hour. Ever since then, things have been going down hill no matter what hubs did to try and fix it. Over the past two weeks the malfunctions got severe and not worth the cost to fix it all. We just couldn't risk it anymore.
We saw an advertisement for a Cadillac SUV with low mileage and well within our price range. While we were not in the market for a luxury vehicle, we felt like we had to go see if it was too good to be true. We looked at the car and even test drove it. It was an amazing vehicle and we wanted it something awful...I have never once cared about what kind of car someone drives. Both of our vehicles were 16-17 years old and I am SO proud of that. I just could care less about bells and whistles....but that Caddy just exuded coolness. It was a little intoxicating. The downside to being a parent is having to make responsible decisions...
Between the white leather seats, being too small to fit a stroller and sports equipment as well as no third row...We had to sober up and remember that we have kids. Leather and baseball/football cleats don't mix. White and kids don't mix. Sans stroller means I would have to haul Vivian around on my hip and if you hadn't noticed, shes got some junk and its not just in the trunk...at 18 lbs and 5 months old. Needless to say, we had to let go of the #fancydream and move on with our search to find our next family car.
It was so hard to let go of the Caddy. I could just see myself stepping out of that car, swinging my hair back with Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" blasting, looking like one of those fancy stay-at-home mamas I see picking up their kids in the car pick-up line, with their perfect hair, skinny jeans and booties on. The reality is, we are more of an after-school program family, as both the hubs and I work full-time, complete with our car filled to the brim with baseball equipment, dirty clothes, diapers, bottles, bills and red Georgia dirt ground into the carpet. Fancy ain't really our game.
After enduring several dealerships and some super sleazy, very stereotypical, car salesmen, we ended up being very successful in our car search and purchased a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. I have to say, I never thought we would purchase anything other that a Toyota. We have been a Toyota family for the last 6 years and they have served us very well. In the end, the Nissan won us over. Still feeling a little sting over having to let that intoxicating Caddy go, but we made the best decision for our family. Thanks, kids. Y'all are why we can't have all the fancy thangs!
What have your car shopping experiences been like?
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