How I Left the Dealership With a New Vehicle

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The bad news was that it was my starter that died and needed to be replaced.

The good news is that it was covered under our extended warranty.  Even luckier news is that the warranty is just about to run out so timing couldn’t have been better for this to happen.  A few more miles and we would have been paying $600+ out of pocket.  No thank you!

I very much dislike car issues and repairs.  They are so unpredictable and are never budgeted for and they stress me out.

We’ve had our fair share of issues with that Odyssey.  You may remember a year ago when I had all the issues with our TPMS light and system? Fun times.  Fun times.

Back to Wednesday though.  Jim called with the bad and good news stated above and then I waited for him to call again and say the repairs were done.

He finally called and said he was on his way to pick me up.  We grabbed the boys from school and off we went to pick up my van.  Another fun night trying to get across Atlanta in rush hour traffic.  Joy.

We arrive at Honda Carland and all pile out of the car.  As we walk toward my mini van Jim opens the door to a minivan parked a few down from mine.  He looks at me and says “Surprise!” and hands me keys to a brand new 2012 Honda Odyssey.

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Yes, that was pretty much my reaction.  You did WHAT?!

He explained his train of thought behind it with all the issues we have had and the warranty expiring and needing a reliable vehicle to haul soon to be three children around.  Plus cheaper insurance and cheaper monthly payments.  He claims it was a no-brainer.

I wasn’t arguing.  I got what he was saying.

Ryan did not though.  He freaked out.  “This is NOT our car!  We CANNOT take this car!  This is NOT my mommy’s car!”

As soon as Jim said we would put his and Owen’s seat in the new car, he was ok with this idea and was excited to ride in the new car.  Prior to that though, he was having no part of a new vehicle.  It’s funny how a kid’s mind works.

I have to admit I was in shock most of the evening, but now that I realize it is our new vehicle to keep, I absolutely LOVE it.

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My favorite features so far include the distance to empty gauge; the miles per gallon feature and the XM radio.

If you know me at all, you know I only gas up when my light comes on.  I realize it isn’t the best for my vehicle, but with gas being so expensive I try to wait as long as possible before going into shock at the gas pump.  If you have an Odyssey you already know that when your light comes on you better get gas ASAP.  With my new gauge and light I now realize that the light comes on with 15 miles left on the tank.  WHAT?!  Jim’s Passat comes on at 40 miles.  Mine, 15.  Wow.

Yes, I have already tested this and freaked slightly when it dropped to 6 miles and I still hadn’t found a gas station.  The heart attack came though when I did find a station and gassed up my new van (with a much larger tank) in the heart of Buckhead and paid $4.09 for regular gas.

Gulp.  Almost $80.

I think I need to start gassing up sooner than the light so that I don’t need to mortgage the house each time I have to fill up.

As for the miles per gallon feature?  I love it.  It’s a competition with myself each time I drive to see if I can increase how many miles I get on average.  I think it also makes me a better driver because I’m more aware of my stopping and acceleration.  Plus it’s fun.  Don’t you agree?

Regarding the XM radio there is nothing I dislike more than talking on the radio.  XM solves that problem and still gives a variety of music.  I can listen to whatever type of music I’m in the mood for at that exact moment.  It makes commuting in horrible Atlanta traffic so much better.

The last thing I love about my new Odyssey is that it is CLEAN.  Let’s see how long it stays that way.  So far, so good.

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  1. congrats on the new ride!
    i am sure you love it even more than your post shows 🙂

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