So we are on a new vehicle quest and getting very overwhelmed in the process. A few months ago I was determined to go Green with my next vehicle purchase when my lease was up. I was all set… here I come Ford Hybrid SUV. Two kids: approx. $14,000 per year to raise, green SUV: $10,000 more than their nongreen sister, better for the environment and still feeling pretty good about not having to drive a minivan- priceless.
Well that was all fine and good before we knew about baby #3. I think it was a week after finding out I was expecting that I ran out to the dealership to figure out if perhaps I could still go green and fit 3 carseats in a row. Just one look in the back row and my hopes were dashed. Now what….
So I laid out a plan of what I was looking for. A really big back row, something that does not cost a c-note to fill ‘er up, something that does not require a fill up at every stop light, something that my three kids can not detroy with muddy feet, drippy ice cream cones, fast food which I rarely purchase (yeah right!), and can be home to many a lost toy. So I do some research.
I find an Acadia from GMC. This thing it pretty cool, a crossover type, not a hybrid so forget about the environment for now but a girls got to get around right? I think I will just stop using baggies to justify the nongreeness of this vehicle. See, guilt can be tamed. Well to go on about the features… it has captains chairs in the backseat and then another row for extra guests, 7 seats in all, a DVD player, but no leather so I fear for the saftey of the fabric after 39 months of me driving around 3 rugrats. Well the downside is that it is just not as friendly on the pocketbook as my current vehicle. So I tell the dealer I have to pass knowing that a better car is out there.
I know most of the guys and the owner of Van Andel Flikkema so my hubby and I think maybe we can cram 3 carseats in the back of a Jeep. I love the Jeep, always have but I strayed for 3 years for a bigger vehicle and a great deal. So now we are back, almost. The price is right, the carseats fit, kind of. It is a pretty smooth ride too. But reality starts to kick in, how the heck am I going to be lifting a baby carseat out of the middle of this vehicle everyday and how old is that going to get. How long till someone is mad because a brother might be too close for comfort. Plus my 5 year old who likes his independence can no longer buckle his own seatbelt because he is too close to another carseat. Ok, maybe this is not the best vehicle for us.
So we are about to depart the dealership when I spy a minivan out of the corner of my eye. Our awesome sales guy, Don is standing there knowing we are not coming back for the Jeep and bids us goodbye until I say hey Don, “What’s with those things?” He sees my eye and says let me get some keys, those are going to be about $100 less a month for a payment. I am thinking my hubby will love that. That is the only thing my hubby ever hears, price. He makes almost every decision in his life based on the cost of something. And he always thinks things cost way to much.
So anyway… on to the minivan. We walk over and the doors open. I have seen this before so I am not impressed but I think I see a twinkle in hubby’s eyes. Then I know I see it when he spots the DVD player. I am wondering if these come in yellow checker cab color so I can drive everyone around while they watch Toy Story in the back, including hubby. I eye it, knowing it is practical, even the leather is nice. Then we see the fold and go. Nice but how the heck do you retrieve something out of there while driving down the highway at 60?
Don runs the numbers and it all looks good but I am still not sold. My husband calls me an age fighter. Not the kind that is into botox, wears skinny jeans, or shops at RUE21 but the kind that wants to stay 29.95, color my hair, and drive a non-mom car. Not that driving a minivan makes you uncool but for me it might put me into a state of depression and in my first trimester I am not sure I am willing to risk it. For me minivan is the final crossover from independent woman to mom. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love being a mom but I just don’t want to look the part every drive I take. I know some women who stand up and cheer the day they trade their sedans for minivans and there is nothing wrong with that but I am just not that woman!
So after all of this we get a call back from the GMC Acadia dealership and the price is lower. Ok call me an age fighter. I think I am going to pick this one over the minivan. I just can’t do it and hey this thing is still practical so what the heck. Fight that age just a bit longer. 😛