I’m at this point in my life where all of the expensive things I have are getting old and need to be replaced. I’ve pushed them to their limits – the time has come. Case in point: my 1999 3.2 Acura TL – which has lasted throughout my parents’ driving, my brother’s driving, and now my driving – has decided that it no longer wants to cooperate. After my mother revived the car last year from the depths of the pit, it decided once again that it wanted to retire. And I don’t want to pour any more money into it unless absolutely necessary.
So, Robert and I are keeping it real with Hector, Robert’s Honda that has survived the end times thus far. But I’ll need a new car sometime in the near future because if Hector goes down, Rob and I might end up stranded who knows where.
So, now I’m in the market for a car. And I would really love a Jeep.
Everyone who knows me well knows that I love adventure. Windows down, music blaring, the sun beating on me. That’s the way I like to drive. And, while the Acura treated me well, it’s time to move on. And I can so see myself in one of these gorgeous buggies.
The problem is that Jeeps don’t necessarily come cheap, and maintenance can be pricey, too. With student debt to pay off and a host of other expenses, I’m not sure that it’s the smartest move right now. If only the Acura could have lasted a little longer. But oh well – I’ll have to figure out what to do regardless. Buy outright? Lease one for awhile? Buy a truck for Robert (which we could likely get at a better price point) while I drive Hector until we can afford a Jeep?
I’m willing to be as patient as I can afford to be until I can buy the car that I want because why buy a car that you plan to have for years and years if you don’t really like it? And in my experience, if you’re willing to be patient, you can generally get what you’re going for. At the same time, I need wheels as a backup. Hector is getting up there in age, too, you know. Maybe I’ll just dish out some cash for a Moped and call it good. (Kidding, but slightly not.)
So I’m not totally sure what to do. Any tips or advice from experienced car purchasers?