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Don’t let the beauty of the flowers fool you. They really, really stink. Like… well, if I had a few beers, I might describe it. But I gave beer up for Lent (and shopping for clothes & shoes), so you’ll just have to read for yourself.
However, there is one smell that I’m loving every minute of: NEW CAR!!!
She’s all mine – a 2012 Jeep Compass. My old 2002 Mercury Sable kept having one problem after the other (sensors, some kind of dry rot on a hose, constant check engine lights, etc.) and I got sick of it. Not to mention, it was just plain ugly (seen here in a pic of Charlie on my roof).
I’d been saving for a down payment on a car for the last two years (trying to balance my home project budget and savings at the same time) and after the last problem with my car, I decided it was time to do research on what a new car would cost.
Initially, I’d wondered whether I wanted a truck or an SUV. Trucks would be great for house projects, but I wanted something with better gas mileage, too. And I’d had enough of the weird looks I got with molding sticking out of the back of a granny car – so a compact sedan was out of the question. Time for something sporty, young, and fun.
I began looking for a used SUV, keeping in mind that I wanted to keep it for the next five years (I’ve kept the Sable for more than 5 years, so I know I’ll be happy with something I actually like for at least that long). I had plenty for a down payment, but not enough to buy the car outright (a first for me). Because I was financing it, I did the math… and realized a new car, with all of the manufacturer and dealer incentives, would be a better deal than buying used. I narrowed it down to a few different body styles (the Jeep Compass, Kia Sorento, and Honda CR-V) and asked my friends. The results: the Honda was too “minivan” (though the older body styles do look much sportier than the new), the Kia was a little too “soccer mom,” and the Jeep was juuuust right (yet another Goldilocks experience). Internet searching led me to the perfect deal – I didn’t even test drive another car.
I absolutely LOVE IT. My last car didn’t have a name (though, looking back, Mabel would have been a good one), and I’ve been trying to choose one for the Jeep. I think I’ve settled on a suggestion from Lindsey at Redhead Baby Mama (one of my IRL friends): Rose. Get it? Compass Rose?
The interior is pretty fantastic. I hated having leather seats in the Sable with Charlie, and now I can fold down the back to let her spread out when we ride to the dog park. She was very cautious with the hatch – it took a little bit of coaxing to get her to jump in. She’ll get the hang of it soon; she loves that the back windows roll all the way down (er, that they roll down at all).
I don’t know all of the buttons and I haven’t read the manual. Is it weird that I’m actually looking forward to looking more purposeful when I pull up to Home Depot? Surely I can’t be the only one embarrassed driving down the road with molding sticking out of a beat up old car.