Lots of people have asked me what car we drive, since we’re a family of 10, soon to be 11. The answer isn’t super fancy or terribly exciting.
But I’m not gonna lie, I do like my car.
I like it a lot. Leather + DVD + automatic doors = happy momma.
We had an Odyssey that seated 7, but traded it in for one that seated 8 when Sophie came home. Unfortunately, they don’t make and Odyssey that seats 9. Or, even better, 20.
So what do we do? How do we get around?
We drive two cars when we have to. Ideally we’d all get around in a big fancy Sprinter Van that seats approximately one million. Kinda like that family- with- 8- kids- that’s- on- TV- but- just- divorced. Unfortunately, Dodge has not yet called us up to offer us one for free, or even a fatty discount on the ridiculously high sticker price, so we don’t have one.
I know. It makes you giggle just to think of driving one.
Giggle. And sweat. I mean, it’s like 20 feet tall! And positively huge! Who wants to bump into an old college roommate driving one of these honkers ’round town?
I do. When you have 8 going on 9 kids, you start to want things you never thought possible. Trust me, it ain’t pretty.
But since we didn’t win the lottery (it would be hard because we don’t even play the lottery) and The Big Guy hasn’t told us to start knocking on Dodge’s door, my husband drives a 1993 Honda Accord. God love the old girl. She was given to us by some close friends who didn’t use it anymore. At the time, we weren’t sure if we needed it since we already had 2 cars, but we decided that Chris would drive it. We sold the car he was driving at the time (another, much newer, Honda) and then used that $ to pay off our Odyssey. And to help bring Shepherd home 🙂
Then we started to save the $400 a month we would have been spending on a car payment. And, to date, we’ve saved close to $8000.
Sooooo, what are why are we talking cars now?
We’ve moved to New England. And winter is a few short months away. Last year they had “hundreds of inches” of snow in this area, per the kindly gentleman at the Lowe’s checkout. He then proceeded to chuckle when I told him we were from the South.
Yes, I am panicking already.
So, while we still aren’t going to go
buy take out a loan for a Sprinter, we are planning on buying a new(er) car soon. We’ve done our research and pared it down to one car that we can not only afford, but that we actually want to drive. Nothing personal, Dodge Caravan, you’re just not my style.
The Honda Pilot. It seats 8 and has 4 wheel-drive. Pretty good gas mileage for a SUV, and it is very well rated.
Chris is heading out to look at one today, hoping to trade-in his old(er) Honda in the process. We’ll see what he comes home with.