Friday, December 11, 2009

Merry Christmas to Me!

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!


courtney said...

oh fun!!! i love it! merry christmas to you!

i used to have a 4 runner--it's still my favorite car i ever had. i had it for 8 years and was sad to see it go. i traded it in when it had 185K miles on it and i still got a ton of $$ when i traded it in. they really hold their value!!

happy driving!!

Abby said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe it!! I will never know it's you now!! I'm so excited for you!! You've been wanting one for a while. When we talked about SUV's Dec 1, I had no idea you were going to buy one just 10 days later!!


Spotted-Bird said...

So cute! I love it. New cars are so nice and you got a great one. Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you!

Helen said...

Coming over from PW's site to see who "Kara" was as I have someone close to me by the same wonderful name!

I loveeeee your new car. I will be shopping for one soon. Seems like you got a fantastic deal. Congrats on that.

So, you got it in Granbury? I love that city. We almost moved there. My cousin and her family do live there now.

Planning on adding you to my "daily read" if you don't mind. You seem like a really fun person.


GypsyNurse said...

Kara..yeh for you!!! Glad I stumbled upon you on such a BIG event!
Plus you get a great car..they last forever!!


Ann said...

Merry Christmas to you!!! I'm so excited for you and glad to know that you have something reliable to drive.

How did you drive a car without a rear view mirror?? When I was at Baylor, mine melted off!! (Yes, it was that hot). The car was under warranty, so they fixed it. But it was so awkward to drive for just a couple of days without it.

Emilymud said...

Wow...glad to see you are a go getter! I can be your car buying friend anytime. No messing around with wheeling and dealing here.

P.S He has already purchased the goods and now wants to know who you uncle used to put them on? You are adding to my mess you know!


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