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A Small Taste of Luxury

My husband’s car has recently reached its demise, we have always driven used cars, nothing special, or fancy. The purpose of our cars is to get us to point A to point B. We have always smirked at the idea of wasting our money on something that would depreciate in value up to 20 percent a year.

The closest ever we had  to a luxury car is my little Nissan hatchback – it is fuel efficient and never steers me in the wrong direction. However, when our car is packed to the brim, every inch of space is covered with camping supplies, and that nice big SUV pulls up beside us at the lights… I do get that twinge of envy!

The oncoming death my husband’s car has forced us to upgrade and on Saturday  as we wandered about the pre-owned section of the lot I oohed and ahhed over the Xterra. My heart leapt for joy at the Highlander. But then there she sat looking at me, calling my name, I knew she had to be ours, the new introduction to our family.

Just to calm myself, I asked, “How much is she?”

The dealer quoted her price and mileage. I stroked her like the pony I had always wanted…She was a gem a 2008 Land Rover LR3 HSE.

My husband perked up, “It’s only a little more than the Xterra. How come?”

“It’s on sale this week. Do you want to take her for a test-drive?”

The kids hopped in the back seat and squealed with excitement, “There’s TV built into each of the seats! We can watch TV in this!”

My heart went pitter patter and we opened the trunk, “I could fit an army in here! ”

And then the dealer showed me how two more seats popped up for extra seating.I thought I had died an gone to little piggy heaven. It seated seven people!

I hopped into the front seat, admired the beautiful leather interior, it’s navigational systems, and an array of buttons! One for climbing over Boulders! One for driving in snow! And so many more that I wouldn’t even know what to do with!

We took it for a spin and I knew Audrey was mine. We were destined to be together on winter roads, and climbing through rough terrain in the summer.

My husband and I hopped out! The kids exclaimed, “Can we get it? Can we get it?”

Mr. MBA suspicious about the price, examined the inspection sheet, and began to discuss the possibility of purchasing the Land Rover. We went over the pros and cons. The cost of gas, cost of repairs if something ever did break down, and then we talked ourselves into this beauty of a gem.

The price was negotiated, the deposit was put down, and we were going to be the new owners of the Land Rover. But…

Sadly, as we arrived home, thought about it more, and wondered did we just make an impulse purchase. Perhaps, she would break down on us, and the expense to fix. Plus, the cost of gas, and the cost of insurance. Were we really ready to invest that much money into a vehicle?

Our practicality kicked-in and my husband contacted the dealer letting them know we changed our mind on Audrey. She was wonderful, luxurious, roomy, and more than I could have ever dreamed of…It was that taste of luxury I wish I never had tasted!

The next day I walked up to my little hatchback looked at the broken bumper, sighed over the missing hub cap, opened the door, to the whiff of sour chocolate milk in the back seat. I cursed Audrey for giving me that small taste of  exquisite comfort. And with that chugged to the grocery store, giving the stink eye to anyone who passed by in a gas – guzzling Land Rover.

Jealousy can be a bitch!

Do you have an SUV or Crossover? What would you recommend?

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20 replies

  1. Ug… I hate car shopping. My husband takes me along, and I don’t really know why, because my opinion never really seems to matter. As for the SUV, we have owned a Chevy Astro van, which we recently sold before it died and got a little nissan hatchback too! We also have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe to pull our trailer. It was used when we got it, and not nearly as fancy as the land rover. There are pros and cons to each. I love how the big vehicles handle in the winter, I feel invinceable in the snow! I like being able to pick up large things and shove them in the back.

    But I also love my little car now. It is so much easier to drive and park,and costs me half as much in gas. It is fun and zippy in traffic. With the hatch, I can fit almost as much in the back as I did in my van, of course I usually don’t have to have people sitting in my back seat anymore.

    1. I love my litte versa it’s great for parking and zipping around in the city! But hockey gear, ski equpment, and camping – it’s a pain to fit it all in…The kids are getting bigger so we can’t pack under their feet anymore 😦 A Tahoe would be wonderful for the winter months I would be invinicble! It would be such a nice feeling 🙂

      PS I’m also beginning to hate car shopping

  2. We have a Ford Expedition – we’ve had it for 12 years and it has nearly 200,000 miles on it and is still doing fine. It holds a lot of camping gear and is very comfortable on long trips. We looked at more expensive SUVs and I’ve always been glad we went with the Expedition.

  3. We have had many, many vehicles in our lives – ranging from luxury sedans to luxury convertibles to pickups to an RV (leaving out the boats here). Currently our crop includes a little Subaru Forrester that just won’t die. I would love to replace it with an Outback, but all the cars are paid for. The rest of the stable includes a Nissan Frontier Nismo crew cab for hauling stuff and going off road and an OLD Lexus 450 that is pulled out for comfort driving. Living in the wilds of Tucson, that’s all we need. Funny when we lived in Houston was when we needed/wanted and drove various BMWs, Mercedes, etc. – or maybe it was a stage of life.

    Spousal type really wants an electric vehicle for commuting – the current commuter car only gets on about 6,000 miles a year. Plus we don’t have kids to haul around.

  4. There’s nothing wrong with window shopping and a bit of day dreaming but it’s good you were practical in the end. My car rewuires a fair bit of lve and attention but she has always been very loyal and gets me around in a nice safe way so I’m happy with her

    1. Any car that didn’t smell would be a luxury too me 🙂 I love my hatchback but it would be nice for once to have room. I dream of going to a yard sale seeing that gem of an antique and purchasing it without the worry of it fitting in my car…Ohhhh! Too Dream!

  5. I have driven a SUV for about 15 years….I love them… I have had numerous ones… I started with Jeeps, did the X3, and now driving the Audi. It is funny, I never was a car girl… I didn’t care what I drove. I would have been fine with anything… But, then I married a car boy… He didn’t feel the same way. When I got the BMW, I thought it was crazy… I really wanted no part of it (I was scared to drive a “good car”) Marc teased me that it was like I just learned how to drive… But, then I found you get spoiled easily…..I spend a lot of time in my truck, but if my commute changed, I think I would be ready for a smaller car….

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  7. Oh my gosh, that made me sad! I really thought you were going to end up with the Land Rover!

    My husband is the logical “think ahead” type while I am the impulsive one. I’d have bought the thing then griped about how much it was costing later.

    Great post!

  8. I had a 1989 Toyota Corolla I drove until it clicked over 350,000 miles and I was afraid I might start having repair bills. So, I sold it for $500 and started driving my mom’s car. It was a 1989 Olds Cutlass Cierra with 55,000 miles on it, but she quit driving when she moved to Texas and it was just sitting around.

    Now, it’s got 120,000 miles and despite a brake job and a transmission (sigh) it’s purring like a kitty. I get 30 mph on the highway. Good grief.

    The finish is a mess – the clearcoat’s peeling and the paint looks bad, but I tell her to think of it as a visual theft deterrance device. What cool dude’s going to want to steal a 1989 that looks like it’s parts might be defective? LOL

    If I’m lucky I can keep it running until I retire. Then I’ll find a nice little whatever to go traveling in. If I can ever retire, of course….

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