Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Red, white and BLUE

My husband and I walked into the Honda dealership today, signed a few papers and came home with a shiny new CR-V. It seems kind of odd that it should be so easy to spend twenty grand. In reality, it wasn't that easy as I've been fussing over it for months - spending that much money makes me very nervous!

I decided on a lease and am trying to figure out if I got a good deal or not. My monthly payments will be the same on this car as on the Civic that I financed 8 years ago. I put more than half down on that car, but this one cost a few thousand more, so I can't quite get how the payments are the same. I know I didn't get enough for the trade in of my Civic, but I haggled as much as I could stand to.

Anyway, I like it! I had planned on getting it in a nice sagey green, but the blue was all that was available on the lot. Most importantly, my husband fits comfortably inside and I won't have to watch him folding himself up into the front seat like he had to do with the Civic.

17 comments:

Jean said...

Very nice!

mon@rch said...

Without a doubt, Happy Red, White and Blue for you! Congrats!

Body Soul Spirit said...

Nice vehicle! My husband has trouble fitting into smaller models too. I leased a couple of cars, and then went back to purchasing them. Lease payments are lower, but in the end you don't own vehicle. That is fine if you plan to get a new car every 3-4 years.
Ruth

Susan Gets Native said...

Hooray! I love it when people get new cars. It makes me happy.

Will that car hold all of us in October?
; )

LauraHinNJ said...

Susan: I think it may just! It seems huge compared to my little Civic.

Ruth: The thought of a new car every few years is kind of appealing, although I don't really want to have payments forever!

Monarch: Thanks!

Jean: Yea - thanks!

nina said...

We have a blue CRV--older, though, and we LOVE it! The ease for height also attracted us, and it has done well.
May you travel safely and wonderfully wherever you go!

Lynne said...

Cool new wheels! I call a window seat!

bunnygirl said...

Congrats on the new wheels! I'm sure the bunnies will hate it, but that's buns for ya. ;-)

Mary said...

I laughed about your husband "folding himself up"! I've had the same situation before.

Hondas are great. I hope you enjoy it!

Jayne said...

Nice ride Laura! Congratulations... now go enjoy that "new car smell." :c)

rcwbiologist said...

Congratulations! I drive an old 88 civic to work. It gets 45 miles to the gallon. I'm afraid to trade it in for a newer model that will most likely get far less miles to the gallon.

Patrick Belardo said...

Congrats! Even reading a post about buying a car gives me the heebie-jeebies. I hate car shopping. But Hondas rule!

BTW, I tagged you with a meme: http://hawkowl.blogspot.com/2007/07/eight-random-facts-meme.html

Laurie said...

My son loves his Honda Element and the CR-V is fairly similar I think. I'm sure you will love it.

Congratulations!

NatureWoman said...

Congratulations! It is very hard to spend 20K on a vehicle, isn't it?

Sandy said...

Very pretty! You know if you had gotten the sage green, you couldn't have said -red, white and blue!

TaraDharma said...

very nice -- I like the color. I always worry myself after a car purchase about 1. if I got a good deal, 2.) did I get a fair deal on the trade in (never) 3.) how could I commit to spending such sums of money? I eventually get over it.

I have tagged you, dear Laura, so if you want to play, ck by blog and try to keep kind thoughts about me!

KGMom said...

Woo hooo--a new car. That's good for a good feeling for quite a while. It is fun to get a new car. I will be interested to see how you like it over time--gas mileage, handling, etc. I have a Mazda Protege right now, and am trying to decide if when I need a new one do I get something like a CRV.