Big Adult Decision

by Julie on July 12, 2012

in Deep Thoughts,Finances,Life

Hi all!

I know, I left you with quite the cliffhanger yesterday with my “big adult decision.” Don’t worry, I’m not moving, I didn’t get abducted by aliens (although it was close), and I’m not adopting a puppy.

I did however, buy a new car.

Part of the process of buying a new car is saying good bye to your old one.

When I was at the dealership this week, signing tons and tons of paperwork, I asked the sales guy if I could see my car one last time. He asked, “Why?” and I told him so I could take pictures. If he only knew I was a blogger… ;-)

I mean, my Mazda3 meant a lot to me. The car represented a great era of my life. I got it in 2005 right before I graduated Kent and moved to DC. It took me through countless road trips and supported my long distance relationships including my family back in Ohio. The thing had almost 160,000 (!) miles on it. I drove it to the ground, which is probably why it became such a burden.

It was only a 2005 vehicle, but it had so many problems. My mom hypothesizes that it was a lemon of a car. Every time I turned around something was going wrong with it. The tires were low, the engine light was on, the steering wheel wouldn’t steer, it wouldn’t turn on properly, the lights were dimmed, it overheated, etc etc etc…

Tons of car problems = tons of money. Money which I didn’t have and I didn’t want to put more money into a car that was just going to break down again.

It got to the point where I was afraid to drive it and driving anywhere became a chore. Not to mention, I had a bad emotional connection to the car that dated back to July 7, 2006. Plus, it was broken into and I got my purse and other items stolen. Sigh… It was time to go.

And now, I have a brand spankin’ new (to me) car! A new car that will take me into the next era of my life. A car that will support me when I fall and applaud when I succeed. It’s a beautiful car and one that is brand new (to me). The color couldn’t be more perfect, and while I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes, I am a girl after all. It’s a car that’s safety features make me swoon and the bells and whistles make me feel unworthy of something so fancy.

I wish so badly that I could show you a picture, but for safety reasons, I’m choosing not to. Maybe in about 10 years, I’ll post it when I’m trading it in for something else ;-) If you are curious, feel free to email me and I’ll tell you what I got!

One thing I will tell you is that I bought the car from Sharpnack Chevrolet in Willard, Ohio. They helped me tremendously and I never once felt pushed to buy something that I didn’t need. This car is well within my budget (even though my budget was already very tight) and I couldn’t be more thankful!


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Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I was lucky enough to see the new ride and I can attest to it being perfect for you! Super cute!! Congrats!
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Amber July 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Congrats!! What kind of car did you get? I got a new car this year too and I love it! Such fun to car shop and have something new ;)


Versa Dave July 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I can’t wait to see pics of you hanging out the sunroof.
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Julie July 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm



Jessica B. July 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Phew and Yays! So glad you are not moving. ANd Nothing wrong with getting a puppy. Abducted by aliens i would be worried about.
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Julie July 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Hahahaha… abducted by aliens would be a VERY interesting blog post.


Lyn @ Life Lyn Style July 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

When you said where you parked last night, you never mentioned this part! Congrats.
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Julie July 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

Ah! I’ll have to show it to you next time I see you.


Holly July 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I love that you went all the way to Willard for your vehicle! And I wonder how many other readers are famliar with Willard. LOL

We just got a new vehicle too. Nothing blogworthy but I was emotional too and totally understand your desire to take photos. I remember bawling when I was about 8-years-old because my parents were selling our station wagon.
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Julie July 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

I’m sure your new car is blog worthy! I wanna see it!


ClassyFabSarah July 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Yay for new cars!!
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Sana July 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I am not adult enough to buy a car, maybe in ten years!


Julie July 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

Oh man, I didn’t think I was either LOL.


Sourire11 July 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We’re working with Sharpnak to buy a car now! that place is great. I”m super curious as to what you got…


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