Back in January, right around the time Jenna and I did the Passport to Purity weekend, my van started to die. We took it to a mechanic and discovered the fix for my 10 year old van with nearly 200K miles would be about $2000. The van wasn’t even worth that.
And the van wasn’t actually functional because it wouldn’t hold gas. We were having to fill up with a gas can. This happened the beginning of the week that Jenna and I were to leave for Chattanooga to do P2P that Friday. NOT convenient. So, we rented a car to drive there knowing the following Monday was a holiday and we could use the day off to car shop.
Monday started early and we dropped Kylie off with my friend Jill. Because we drive our vehicles until the wheels fall off (or the gas tank falls out, as it were), it’s been a long time since we’ve been car shopping. And since we weren’t expecting to have to buy a new car, we didn’t really know what we wanted. So, it was truly an all day affair.
But in the end, we purchased a 2012 Toyota Camry. The only “luxury” I wanted in a vehicle was a sunroof. And I was pretty picky about color. I do not want to drive a white, cream, silver or gold car. I like the darker colors. No offense to you all who drive those color cars. I just personally don’t to drive them!
As luck would have it, they had just what I was looking for. This is not the greatest photo but it’s the only one I have.
I have really loved the car and I haven’t missed the van too much at all. I think the trunk of the car actually has more room than the back of the van did. It’s not as roomy so I’m not sure what we are going to do on vacation when we have to drive for several hours with both girls AND Katie.
It’s been very good for our gas consumption because it gets so many more miles to the gallon with my long daily commute. And it’s got a bunch of bells and whistles that are standard now that weren’t 10 years ago when I bought the van.
I don’t name my cars, but if I did, I’d call her JP in honor of my friend Jill who kept Kylie ALL DAY LONG. I can’t imagine this process with a toddler in tow.
And you might not be able to tell, but yes…yes it DOES have a sunroof!