So today, without much planning at all, I bought myself a Christmas present. A very BIG Christmas present. No, I cannot take photos with it. I still want a DSLR camera badly, but this was Bigger! Anyone want to guess? Anyone? You want to see a photo (or 4) of it? Okay, here you go...
A Toyota 4Runner!
Anyone guess it?
Now I feel I have to justify my purchase to you. I have had my Acura for almost 8 years. Partly because I love it, partly because I was stupid and leased it, then put too many miles on it, then bought it, then was upside down on it, etc. I will never, ever lease a car again! Anyway, I had decided that I was going to basically drive it 'til the wheels fell off. On December 1st, my car hit the 100,000 mile mark. I remember this because I noticed it while driving to/from seeing Pioneer Woman. Anyway, basically for the past couple of weeks, things have begun to go wrong and it started to look like "the wheels were going to come off". Sadly, I was trying to fix one of the problems and bought 2 new tires last week. Not the best timing on earth!
Anyway, I have really wanted an SUV for a while. Today, after another "engine incident" that seemed like writing on the wall that my transmission was about to crash, I got online and started looking for a car. I looked for about 15 minutes, and located this one in Grandbury, which is about 2 hours away. I called the guy about it at about 11:30, e-mailed him the financing info and headed off to a Christmas luncheon. I got home at about 2:30, he gave me a vague idea of what he would give me for my car and I said, sold, I'm on my way. I got there at about 4:50, drove it for a few minutes, had them evaluate my car, went to sign papers and was done and transferring junk from the Acura to the Toyota at 6:05. Never let it be said that I don't move fast people!
My new car isn't brand new, but is pretty darn close. You'll never believe this, but it is a 2007 and only has 11,000 miles! The guy that sold it to me told me about the previous owner (his neighbor) who basically never drove it. It was a certified pre-owned and I got extended warranty so that it is covered bumper to bumper until 100,000 miles or November 2014.
I'm so excited because it meets several of my "I hope it has" items. It has climate control (my Acura had totally spoiled me to this) and it has a plug so that I can plug my ipod directly into the car. It also has several "fancy" things like a clock you can see at night (the light on mine in the Acura went out ages ago) and a rear view mirror (yes, doesn't seem like an exotic thing, but again, mine in the Acura broke and was $$$ to fix, so I've been without for several years!). I'm also excited because it doesn't have to be filled up with premium gas like the Acura.
Anyway, I was sad to see my Acura go, but since it started having "troubles" I was basically burnin' rubber out of that dealership!