We had a little car trouble over Thanksgiving. We barely made it to OK Speed style and Ben’s parents graciously let us borrow a car for the next few weeks while ours hopefully gets fixed. We’ve been thinking that it’s time for a new one.
I have a confession to make. Ben and I are 31 year old “adults” and have never owned a car that wasn’t from family. For reals. This is something we’ve bragged about for years, but now we have no clue what we’re doing! I want something pretty and Ben wants something efficient. New or used? SUV or sedan? How much
should we spend can we afford? Sunroof or no sunroof?
My first thought was that I need to get a full-time job. I am staying open to that idea, but we both decided that I shouldn’t give up the freedom of my time just so we can have a fancy new car. Instead, we plan on budgeting with what we’re making now and then if I found something we would just pay it off sooner.
I like this quote from Dave Ramsey, “When you are working, playing with your children or helping a friend, you are not thinking to yourself, “Man, I am so happy since I have a new car. Life is beautiful!” The key to happiness is not a new car, so don’t pay for it like it is!” He has some great car-buying tips on his site!
I agree with Dave, but being a 1-car family it’s important for us to have a dependable car that will get us where we need to go and that we can rely on for long trips to visit family. We keep going back and forth about it all. *sigh*
Any helpful car-buying tips out there? Are we crazy for having never had a car payment? Who loves the car they drive and why?
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