My husband's car has recently reached its demise, we have always driven used cars, nothing special, or fancy. The purpose of our cars is to get us to point A to point B. We have always smirked at the idea of wasting our money on something that would depreciate in value up to 20 percent a year.
The closest ever we had to a luxury car is my little Nissan hatchback - it is fuel efficient and never steers me in the wrong direction. However, when our car is packed to the brim, every inch of space is covered with camping supplies, and that nice big SUV pulls up beside us at the lights... I do get that twinge of envy!
The oncoming death my husband's car has forced us to upgrade and on Saturday as we wandered about the pre-owned section of the lot I oohed and ahhed over the Xterra. My heart leapt for joy at the Highlander. But then there she sat looking at me, calling my name, I knew she had to be ours, the new introduction to our family.
Just to calm myself, I asked, "How much is she?"
The dealer quoted her price and mileage. I stroked her like the pony I had always wanted...She was a gem a 2008 Land Rover LR3 HSE.
My husband perked up, "It's only a little more than the Xterra. How come?"
"It's on sale this week. Do you want to take her for a test-drive?"
The kids hopped in the back seat and squealed with excitement, "There's TV built into each of the seats! We can watch TV in this!"
My heart went pitter patter and we opened the trunk, "I could fit an army in here! "
And then the dealer showed me how two more seats popped up for extra seating.I thought I had died an gone to little piggy heaven. It seated seven people!
I hopped into the front seat, admired the beautiful leather interior, it's navigational systems, and an array of buttons! One for climbing over Boulders! One for driving in snow! And so many more that I wouldn't even know what to do with!
We took it for a spin and I knew Audrey was mine. We were destined to be together on winter roads, and climbing through rough terrain in the summer.
My husband and I hopped out! The kids exclaimed, "Can we get it? Can we get it?"
Mr. MBA suspicious about the price, examined the inspection sheet, and began to discuss the possibility of purchasing the Land Rover. We went over the pros and cons. The cost of gas, cost of repairs if something ever did break down, and then we talked ourselves into this beauty of a gem.
The price was negotiated, the deposit was put down, and we were going to be the new owners of the Land Rover. But...
Sadly, as we arrived home, thought about it more, and wondered did we just make an impulse purchase. Perhaps, she would break down on us, and the expense to fix. Plus, the cost of gas, and the cost of insurance. Were we really ready to invest that much money into a vehicle?
Our practicality kicked-in and my husband contacted the dealer letting them know we changed our mind on Audrey. She was wonderful, luxurious, roomy, and more than I could have ever dreamed of...It was that taste of luxury I wish I never had tasted!
The next day I walked up to my little hatchback looked at the broken bumper, sighed over the missing hub cap, opened the door, to the whiff of sour chocolate milk in the back seat. I cursed Audrey for giving me that small taste of exquisite comfort. And with that chugged to the grocery store, giving the stink eye to anyone who passed by in a gas - guzzling Land Rover.
Jealousy can be a bitch!
Do you have an SUV or Crossover? What would you recommend?
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