Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wheels Keep on Turning


I am in the market for a car.

I'm also in the market for a new purse. But that's beside the point...

I decided that since I am now debt free, what better way to celebrate than by diving headfirst into the pool of debt again?! Yay...


But really, it is kind of yay. Bradford has been awesome and has all but given up use of his car for the past year for me to use to drive all over Utah for work. I figured that now its time to join the rest of the grown-ups in this world and purchase my own car.


Initially, Bradford convinced me to just keep using his car for a while longer, save up a bunch of money, and then pay what I could in cash for a car and take a smaller loan out for the remainder if I had too. Smart fellow that Bradford. However, recent developments have changed the game plan a little. Blackie, Bradford's car, has started to have a few... hiccups lately. Bradford has decided that instead of dealing with the inevitable hundreds of dollars these new hiccups will cost in the near future, that he will sell Blackie and buy a motorcycle. For those days when a motorcycle just won't cut it (ie- 7.786 months out of the year when Utah is covered in white stuff and is a constant freezing-degrees-faranheit) then I will repay my debt to him by letting him use my car when necessary.


I am excited. But not. I will have a lovely car that will have more than two doors (making shopping MUCH more convenient... however that may make the whole "debt free" thing even more a thing of the past... OK, I'm kidding), transporting furniture will be less of a pain in my behindular (I am still perfecting my apartment and have more furnitures that need to be brought in), and it will be more reliable and comfy and a myriad of other things. But then there's the "but." I hate debt. I don't want to be in any more debt. I can easily make a car payment each month, no sweat, but that means less money stowed away into my savings every paycheck. That makes me :(. Besides, cars are pure money pits. I mean, all they do is take money from you. They hardly do anything in return to compensate... besides that whole transporting-my-being-in-comfort-and-safety bit of course...


But, I guess the fact that I can own a car, pay for my own apartment AND still plug away a few hundred bucks into savings each month should be enough to make me :) right? Right.

I feel like all I have been looking at is cars. My head is spinning. The wheels inside my head are spinning with wheels. Wheels, and MPGs, and reliability ratings, and interior specs, and dollar signs... The other day as I was leaving work I had to stop for a minute and think really hard as to which car I was walking to because I had been picturing myself in so many different cars all day that I couldn't remember what car I actually had. Good gravy.

I hope I can make a decision soon. I just want to get it done all ready. Car shopping is tiresome! This little guy has been a good help though:

Wish me luck!

6 comments:

Courtney Rae said...

Hooray for no more debt! Hooray for a new car! Hooray for you! I totally understand the way you feel about adding debt, but it does sound as though you may need a new car, lovey. Good luck finding the perfect one!

Bradford said...

Just decide already! It's disgusting though how expensive cars are and how we've hit some ceiling of ~30mpg for most of these things. I'm excited though to help you get a car. It'll be great.

Kimberly said...

Well well well...joining the grown up world requires a car does it? I think I said something like that once, but nobody listened to little ol' me. I do know how tiresome car shopping can be. I did it for over 3 months and wanted to die. Maybe someday your dear old sister could help you with some of the things she learned once upon a time.
Good luck. Its a tough process but a fun one once you decide. (And P.S. my little car gets upward of 45 mpg on the interstate...just sayin')

Mike and Alyssa Althoff said...

Julie I am so proud of you. I can't believe you are growing up! Good Luck car shopping...don't let it get the best of you because I swear those car salesman make everything sound great! :)

Jess said...

I vote for the first one - that really awesome, futuristic one. SOLD.

Alison said...

Congrats on being out of debt! Question - are you going to get a brand new car or a used one? Buying a car that is a few years old saves oodles of money.