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Oh, the Irony

6/01/2010 04:36:00 PM Edit This 7 Comments »
Last Friday our beloved Ford Focus, Luna, bit the dust through a broken transmission. We were going to be buying a minivan anyway next year with the addition of another kid (no, I am not pregnant but I'm sure I will be sometime), so we just decided to buy one now for the same price it would have taken to fix Luna.

After 3 Craigslist scams, we decided to try some dealers instead of private sellers. We found a wholesale dealer on Stringtown Rd (Car Source Auto. Definitely recommend them and will probably be buying from them when we want a truck) with a few Honda Odyssey's for sale which is what I wanted. Today we came away with not a Honda Odyssey (maybe next time) but a 2001 Mazda MPV for a steal. KBB price- $7,800. Bought for- $4600. Nice! It felt so good to drive that van off the lot. Reed said it made him feel like a parent. :)

Fast Forward 3 minutes: So I'm driving our new van to work behind Reed who is driving our Ford Escort, Aunty Em. I call him up and tell him his car is smoking. Pulled off to the side of the road, found oil dripping in the engine, promptly unloaded Aunty Em into the Mazda, Reed dropped me off at work and spent the rest of the day figuring out what to do with the Escort and the Focus. Could Murphy have spaced his visits out a little farther apart?

We will get through this just like everything else. To end, some happy pictures of our new van!


Julee said...

Thanks for the smiles! Congrats on the new van!

Reed said...

I like what Jeni said to my comment on Facebook: "It sounds like you bought a van just in time!"

And Valerie, thanks for your strength when all I wanted to do was cry.

I love you!

Hi Lowe! said...

Wow. Wow. The first wow is for buying a van for 4600!!! I need to go van shopping with you! We will prolly be looking soon... And the second wow was that both cars broke down...I'm sorry. I love the second pic of Reed holding Vivi! =) Love you guys!

The Story of us said...

Wow, when it rains it pours! That is a good looking van:-) It's your swagger wagon:-)

Anonymous said...

Man, when it rains, it pours! But at least Aunty Em waited until you had another reliable vehicle, instead of putting you out of both at the same time. Hopefully, it's a quick/easy/cheap fix.

And $4600?? Can you come shopping with us when we need to trade in my Cavy? :-P

Valerie said...

Haha! It is definitely our swagger wagon!

Kelley, sure :)

Abbey said...

I'm also a fan of the Odyssey, but my mother-in-law has an MPV that she loves. It's a nice van...way to go!