Somehow today we bought a mini van.
I never really wanted to be a mini van driver, but alas now I am one. I guess I’ve joined that club.
While I drive it I pretend it’s a Lincoln Navigator with ridiculously huge rims. Shhh.
For a van it’s not bad.
(These are photos of it from the dealer, not ones I took.)
This is the back with the seats up. The “trunk” part is really deep, which is better than other vans we looked at where it was just flat.
This is how it accidentally happened:
Tyler insisted we go to test drive this mini van he saw online. I didn’t really care, we can test drive stuff all day long for all I care.
Then we realized it was priced several thousand dollars below blue book prices, but it was in excellent condition with low mileage. We drove it and kind of liked it, all except for the part where it’s a mini van.
The back row of seats lays down into the floor creating a huge, huge space which is good. On the inside it’s actually almost like the Navigator we loved. (Unfortunately on the outside it’s not as cool as the Navigator.)
The van has leather seats, a sun roof, navigation in the dashboard, DVD player with wireless headphones…it’s nice inside. No stains or anything, almost flawless.
We debated over whether we really liked it that much, but it just felt right…which was unexpected because it’s a mini van and DID I MENTION I DON’T WANT A MINI VAN?
The salesman asked us if we wanted to trade in our other car, a 1998 Toyota Avalon. We said no and told him we had a friend coming to look at it tomorrow who wanted to buy it. (We had to sell it before we could buy another automobile.) Then the salesman told us he could give us $500 more for the Avalon than we were going to sell it for.
Well you can’t really beat that. The Avalon was very elderly, but it ran well. It had a rusted bumper, a missing door handle, several missing stereo buttons, ripped leather seats, and it was totally filthy inside. (Embarrassing, but yes it was gross. It had years of accumulated grime even before we got it.) It also needed new brakes, an oil change, and who knows what else could break at any second on a car from 1998…know what I mean? Basically my sweet old Avalon was running on borrowed time.
So for some reason they wanted to buy it for more than we could sell it for. I think they really wanted to sell the mini van. This is a reputable local dealership, so it’s a place you can trust…at least as far as you can trust anyone. It was very appealing that they do all of the paper work and take the car off of our hands without us having to fix it up, then find a person to buy it and work it all out by ourselves. Other places had offered us way, way less for trading it in.
Then in the blink of an eye somehow there were a lot of papers to sign, Ada went psycho and ran all over the car dealership, then we abandoned our blue Avalon for a mini van.
We bought a mom car, like real adults or something.
Now there’s a nice, shiny mini van sitting in our driveway. We went to Lowes earlier and I couldn’t find it in the parking lot because I was looking for my old Avalon…for like 15 minutes. Poor old Avalon. I’ll miss her.
On the bright side I can open the side doors of my van from my living room.
And I’m totally not going to run over anything when I back up…