I have a vehicle! I have a vehicle! I HAVE A VEHICLE!
I have never been so excited to have a new car in my entire life. Seriously. After the big debacle and going almost two weeks without a vehicle of my own, this vehicle symbolizes so many things to me!
1) It symbolizes what is right in the world! The people at Acura of Libertyville were so good to us! James Won sold us the vehicle and he could not have been nicer to all of us. We brought Matthew with us and he was going a little nuts at the end, but James kept playing with him and talking with him the entire time. If you read my comment response in my Sussman Acura review, you saw that we did not tell James or anyone at Acura of Libertyville about our experience with Sussman Acura because we wanted to see how they treated us without knowing our back-story. They were gems! They re-instilled our faith in the Acura brand!
2) It symbolizes freedom… sweet freedom! Our friends loaned us their car since they didn’t need it for the week (she had just had their first baby and was told not to drive) so I had B’s car to drive, but that makes me nervous. B loves his car – he really, really does. Cars have been his thing since he was very young and he takes wonderful care of his vehicles (we just sold his old 80’s Chevy truck and got a great price for it because he was so good to it). He’s just one of those guys whose car reflects his inner self. B’s car reflects his neatness, his style, and his persona. Driving his car makes me nervous. I don’t eat in it. Not because I can’t, but because I don’t want to accidentally dirty it up. And I love B’s car – but driving it makes me nervous.
3) It symbolizes easier times ahead. This vehicle has lots of space. My old vehicle had all sorts of stuff in it, and because it was smaller, it looked messy. I now have room for a stroller, groceries, cat litter, luggage, etc. in the trunk and it’s wonderful. It’s almost too big – I had to secure my groceries today so they wouldn’t topple over. This is a good problem to have! It also has a power lift gate which I didn’t think was necessary but now realize it is quite nice on such a large vehicle (that’s one heavy lift gate).
4) It symbolizes safety. It’s bigger than my old vehicle and there’s now more space between Matthew (in the center seat) and the doors. Wonderful!
5) It symbolizes hope. We bought this vehicle knowing we needed something bigger for our (hopefully) growing family. We’re ready now for another car seat in the back. Did you hear that, FATE? We’re ready for another baby!
September 11, 2012 at 6:35 am
Yay! What a relief it must be to have that behind you! And I love all of the things that the car symbolizes, but of course my favorite is #5. All of the pieces are falling in line to get that second car seat, i just know it.
What did you end up getting? We are likely going to look at buying a car towards the end of this year, hopefully primarily for the same reason as your #5. We’ve fared just fine in the city without a car, but with two kiddos I know it’d be a struggle. We’ll see.
September 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm
Acura MDX. Same as the Honda Pilot but not as boxy on the outside 😉 I couldn’t get past the boxiness of the Pilot, although it seemed to have more cargo space. And – the MDX is 2 inches wider in the back which makes my carseat desires (one in the middle, one behind the passenger seat – but both with LATCH system attachments) easier. It was all about the carseats for us, and that’s why we were limited to just those two vehicles (without moving up in size to a tank like the Taho or equivalent).
September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am
Glad you got the car you’ve been looking for, and who needs assholes like that first dealership anyway? So you put Matthew in the middle? Isn’t that hard to get him in and out of the car? I can barely get Chloe in JJ’s Jeep behind the passenger seat, and I know it’s only going to get worse as she gets bigger.
September 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm
When Char installed Stella’s car seat at the fire dept, they told him that car seats must always be in the middle seat for safety reasons, so that’s what we have always done. I dont think it’s a law though? it was hard when we were still carrying Stells in the seat, but not so bad now that we leave her carseat in the car.
September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Interesting; I would think the opposite that if something came through the window, they wouldn’t be as protected. But maybe they think the seat is more of a danger?
September 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm
I think it was b/c of the chance of t-bones/side impacts.
September 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm
This is exactly why. I was all worried about him being in the middle, front-facing because of dashboard glass but B informed me that modern day cars have a laminate that keeps the glass of the windshield in one piece. The window is capable of popping out, but that’s highly unlikely. He explained the gruesome reason for the popping of the window versus just using the laminate. Let’s just say, I feel very secure with M being in the middle. The windows of the doors are not shatter-proof, so there’s another reason to keep them in the middle. But the main reason is side impact accidents – the middle is the safest spot by far.
September 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm
It is very easy in this vehicle with its height and positioning. I love how easy it is – and I can reach his legs while driving to play or calm him down.
September 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm
So which vehicle did u end up getting?
September 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm
Same one, just BETTER. 😉 Ha! Black MDX. I love it – but for so many reasons. It’s just got so much room!
September 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Woohoo! What wonderful news!!!