Sunday, February 24, 2008

Awesome Mom has a shiny new car

Our long and rather frustrating minvan search is over! We are the proud owners of a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX. We went south and found that the dealers were actually willing to sell us a car. It was amazing the difference.

My husband woke me up this morning telling me about this awesome ad that he saw in the paper for new Toyota Siennas and they even had one in black (and man that van was sharp looking, I am not sure why there are not more minvans in black). While we were test driving the salesman discovered that we had wanted leather seats and he really talked up a Honda that they had on the lot. The reason he was so eager to get us into the Honda was that they were going to make more money selling us the used car than the new one. They gave us more money for our trade in and bent over backwards to get us into the Honda which is the kind of behavior I had been expecting at the other dealerships. I even got our salesman to pet my knitting and listen to me talk about it.

It is a really nice van. It has a lot of bells and whistles like power doors and a moon roof. It also has seating for 8 which is a big plus. We are really going to be able to pack the people in. The only thing that I wish it had was a place where I could plug my iPod into the stereo. It is going to be strange making the switch from driving a sedan to being up so high and having so much car around me. My husband is thrilled that he gets to drive a nicer car to work. The one we traded in did not have power anything (including steering).

I am so tempted right now to take The Gray Ghost (that is what I am nicknaming her) on a road trip to Utah. I am sure that it would be a lot more comfortable ride than the last time we crammed into our car to head over there. I think that we may head up to my inlaws place soon so my husband can build us some book cases. We finally have the room to haul them home in bigger pieces.

It was pouring rain out when we got home, so I snagged this pic off the internet.

16 comments:

teribella said...

Woohoo! What a great car, and congrats!

(Driving a minivan isn't that much diferent than driving a sedan... you'll be shocked how quickly you get over the differences!)

And woohoo! Road trip! We'll be doing one in the next couple of weeks, because my SIL is in denial about having her second baby... ctx, and only 10 days to the due-date! LOL

Congrats again!

chichimama said...

Congrats! I love the Honda's, my husband would never ever agree to the mini van though, sigh.

Steph said...

Congrats on the new car! Enjoy it!!! :)

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

It's beautiful!
And I love that you got the salesman to pet your knitting!

Barb said...

Congratulations on your new ride! :) Can't wait to see a picture of her! :)

G said...

Congrats on the new car!!! NOw I can come visit and we dont have to rent a vehicle :p

Don Mills Diva said...

Very nice ride! Congrats!

Gina said...

Kewl! Hondas are fantastic cars, you just can't go wrong with them.

Gabriela said...

Congrats! What a great looking car. I bet she's a smooth ride.

Amber said...

I never ever ever ever though I could get excited about a minivan until I test drove a new Caravan last year. And now, I couldn't be more excited for you!!!!!!!

Tammy and Parker said...

You are going to LOVE that van.

Excellent choice. :)

Tammy and Parker

Anne/kq said...

I covet an 8-passenger Sienna, myself, but the Odessey is my second choice. Well, only other choice, kind of-- we only really buy Hondas and Toyotas, we wouldn't buy anything else.

I snort-laughed at the "I got him to pet my knitting," btw.

And I think the reason that there are very few black minivans is that black cars get HOT and kids complain when cars are hot when they get in. Also, black cars show more dirt, and people who drive minivans tend to have less time and money to expend on washing cars.

The Laundress said...

Congratulations on the new vehicle. Smart to buy used too, especially with a late-model and reliable make -- you are a wise consumer, Awesome!
(I love the part about salesperson petting the knitting also!)
tl

Zephra said...

Congrats on the van. I love mine but I too don't have an Ipod hook up. I was thinking about adding a new stereo but wonder how much that would cost.

Guinevere Meadow said...

Congratulations!

I swore I would never drive a minivan.

Then I became a mother. :)

Natalie said...

Congratulations! Car shopping can be such a pain...we just got a "new" car last month (it's a 2002).