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Buying a new car! (kinda long)

I've never owned a nice car.  Each of my two cars have been hand-me-downs from my parents and then my MIL a few years before DH and I got married.  But my car is not doing so well, so I am finally going to be able to get a new car.  I'm super excited, but a little frustrated with DH.  

 Let me give you the back story on DH's car buying history: Before we got engaged, DH had purchased a total of 7 cars in 5 years.  Can you freaking believe that!?  Me either.  Think of all the money wasted.  They were all new cars, and he traded them in for a better model or because one little thing was wrong with them.  I mean, this habit was almost a deal breaker for us.  Well now he's had his car for 3 years and it's all paid off now due to a generous gift his dad gave us.  

I've never owned a car that was less than 8 years old before getting it, so any car I get that's new or lightly used will be a huge step up for me.  Well, I'm okay with buying a lightly used (no more than 4 years) Honda because my family has had awesome experience with Hondas lasting forever.  I found the one I want.  It's under our ideal price range, 3 years old, and only has 30,000 on it.  It literally looks and drives like new.

Well DH is all hung up on having the best and nicest car we can afford, which would be a brand new one.  But I don't need a brand new one; I drive 120 miles every day of the week during the year, so I'll put a lot of miles on a brand new car.  To me, lightly used makes just as much sense, if not more, than a new car considering how many miles I'll put on it.  How can he not understand that even a gently used car is good enough for me because it's about 100x nicer than any car I've ever owned?  And why does he talk to me in all this car dealer language that I don't understand, having never bought a car and all, and then when I ask nicely for him to explain it, he tells me it's too complicated or gets frustrated?  

 Ugh.  Boys and their cars.  Honestly, I think it's killing him not to be the one getting a new car this time.  I'm not going to let him spoil my fun.

Re: Buying a new car! (kinda long)

  • Yes, with only 30 miles on it in three years, I am surprised he does not consider it a deal.  My DH always says that a new car's value depreciates the moment you leave the dealer's parking lot. Sounds like this car would be awesome for you, especially with how much you travel.
  • image e_jakiela:
    Yes, with only 30 miles on it in three years, I am surprised he does not consider it a deal.  My DH always says that a new car's value depreciates the moment you leave the dealer's parking lot. Sounds like this car would be awesome for you, especially with how much you travel.

    Ditto this.  I do not get car fixations at all anyways.  Enjoy your first car that is all yours; not given to you (though graciously) from someone you know! :-)

  • Yeah, I don't understand the car fixation either!  Good luck getting the car you want!
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