New car!

For the first time in my life, I have a car that cost more than $400 and was made more recently than 1994. This is a good thing. We went to CarMax yesterday and ended up getting a 2007 Kia Spectra. It was a good price and we were able to put $1000 down, which isn’t a huge amount but did help with the monthly payments. I’ll post a picture as soon as Matt gets home with it, though there’s nothing too special about the way it looks. Just a regular-looking white car. It IS a manual though, which is why I have to wait for Matt to get home with it since I drove his to work this morning and he drove mine. We took it to an empty parking lot yesterday and I practiced a bit and then drove home (it was a close parking lot)… and it wasn’t too hard, but I’ll need a bit more practice before I’m comfortable. Especially on hills.

So yeah, finally finally finally bought another car. I’m thinking I might list the Buick on Craigslist to see if I can sell it. I did get Carla’s approval last night, as she was in town for a day or two.

So we went to the bank… I guess almost 3 weeks ago to try to do the joint account thing. The BoA that’s closest to our house was just rebuilt and reopened and had a $100 bonus special if you open a new checking account. As a new customer. So, since Matt was banking with Regions, he opened a new account and won’t be able to add me to it until the end of July, which is also when we’ll get the bonus. But anyway, at least we’re at the same bank now, which is very convenient.

Now… we need to get car insurance together and have both names on the policy. This will be way more expensive than I’m used to car insurance being, since I’ve always driven pretty shitty cars. I’m bracing myself. Plus I don’t know if car insurance is like health insurance and you have to wait for their open enrollment or whatever to cancel. Matt’s policy is with his dad, I think, and he doesn’t seem to know much about how to change it.

Oh, money is so annoying, but I guess it’s a good feeling to be responsible with it and reap those benefits. Like being able to buy a new car because you have good credit. But then there are always more bills to pay.

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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

3 thoughts on “New car!”

  1. It seems to me (it seems to me), the more you have (the more you have), the more you have to have to take care of the things you have. : ) (Remember this?)

    Ah, yes, it’s the I-like-being-a-grown-up-but-it’s-not-as-great-as-I-always-imagined-it-would-be thing. But it is still good.

    In my experience, auto insurance stuff is ‘way easier than any other kind of insurance. And usuallly if you have more than one car, you get a multi-car discount–which isn’t much, but it’s better than not having it. We’ve been happy with Farm Bureau. When one of our kids hit a power pole with her car and broke it, they paid for replacing the whole thing–100%. Of course, her own insurance rates went up, but…well, that’s how it goes.


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