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    My New Ride

    August 21, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    I have been driving the same car since I was seventeen. I remember when my dad told me I got to pick whether to have two doors or four, and what color I wanted. My girlfriends and I perused the catalog all day at school, and finally I told my dad I wanted the blue one with four doors. I remember thinking that I might still have the car when I first had children, so four doors seemed quite practical. She is still in my garage, my beautiful 1995 Chevy Cavalier.

    I love my car, and she has been quite the tank all these years, but she doesn’t have room for more than two carseats. California car seat laws being like they are {and there is a debate about raising the requirements to eight-years-old and eighty pounds, meaning my son–35 pounds soaking wet–could be in a carseat until he gets his own license}, we needed a new car. A minivan was out of the question, particularly due to the complete lack of storage space in the back. When we travel, we like to bring luggage.

    On Saturday, Si bought me a new kind of Chevy:

    When he asked me what I thought I needed, I told him low mileage {so that I could drive it a long time}, seating for eight that still had significant storage, and automatic door locks to keep little people safely inside. He searched Craig’s List almost every night, and that is where he found it: a 1999 Suburban with only 50,000 miles. It drinks gas like water, but since I only drive around 4,000 miles per year, that isn’t a huge issue.

    This vehicle ended up offering more than I asked for or needed, which is a nice little bonus:

    Yes. Those are leather seats! I wasn’t sure what I’d think about it, but the leather combined with the tinted rear windows seems to keep the inside much cooler than my little car. I’ve also never had automatic windows, but it’s a nice touch. And the space! There is so much space! Next time we visit out of town family, we won’t have to borrow a car from someone.

    My friend was telling me the other day he managed to get into a car accident in a similar model of car and it protected him well and after the incident, he had a great lawyer at hand, Davis Saperstein & Salomon were really helpful he says. He got the settlement that my friend deserved!

    So there was great rejoicing in our family on Saturday.

    All we have left to do is sell a very reliable and faithful Chevy Cavalier!


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  • Reply Brandy August 22, 2006 at 5:48 am

    Thank you all for rejoicing with me! Did I mention we got a good deal? That’s important, too. Suburbans seem to depreciate more with age than miles, so…

    Older year + Low Miles=Better Price

    It’s good for the checkbook. And though I will miss Old Blue with all the memories (packed full of people like sardines just so no one would miss out on church!), I have always had a secret affection for large vehicles, and feel quite feminine in my “Big Truck” as E. calls it!

  • Reply Grace August 22, 2006 at 4:06 am

    Wow Bran! Congrats! That definitely is big enough car to fit a couple of kids in. 🙂 You shouldn’t sell your blue cavalier. It has too many memories like when we all squeezed into it during our freshmen year to go to places. I think you need to keep it for memory sake. 🙂

    Love ya!

  • Reply MountainPowerLineman August 22, 2006 at 3:26 am

    It looks wonderful. A great thing about a leather interior is that you can wipe off drips and messes. I don’t think that a lot of people associate a leather interior with “kid friendly”, but it soooo is. Hope to see you guys soon.

  • Reply Rahime August 21, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Cool. Congratulations on the new car. This summer I had to sell my beloved Nissan 240sx that I’d had since high school.

    Isn’t craigslist great? I think we’ve furnished half our house through it…and actually got our Subaru from someone on craigslist too.

  • Reply Brandy August 21, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks, Kris!

    It IS big. Learning to park it will be the hardest part. But when Si’s family flies out to visit, I always feel terrible that we have to separate into so many vehicles (or borrow a larger vehicle) in order to get around or make a daytrip to the beach. Now we can just all pile in, stroller and all!

  • Reply kristie August 21, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Congratulations! That’s one big vehicle– good luck driving that thing! 🙂 I’ll miss the blue cavalier though….

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