No, I am not about to talk to you about how much I love Sarah Palin (I don’t) or how awesome her book was (it wasn’t). Instead, I am going to talk to you about my beautiful new car. You know, because I’m modest like that.
After a week of driving Dan’s Corolla around town and feeling completely claustrophobic in it, I decided I COULD NOT WAIT to get a car. So I spent the week doing research, not just on cars, but on the dealerships that sell them. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Do you want to buy a new car? A used car? You need to decide. I couldn’t afford new, so I went the used route. And between CarMax, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and CraigsList (which, frankly, I feel entirely uncomfortable with), Hertz was the only dealership with cars that were in my price range and met my needs.
And what were my needs? Pretty basic. I didn’t want a tiny car like I’d had previously, for two reasons. The first being my claustrophobia and my fear of all of the OMG SO GIGANTIC trucks that litter the Central Valley. (Do you have any idea how frightening it is to be turning into the same lane as a Ford F350 when you’re driving a Mazda Protege?)
Secondly, I needed something that was dog-friendly. Nixon fit in the backseat Protege, but it’s super gross to have your dog back there one day, and then the next day you need to give someone a ride and you have to offer them a towel to sit on and ask them to please excuse the mud / dog hair / drool / God knows what else.
Thirdly, I want power EVERYTHING. I don’t care if the car has a GPS navigation system or a twenty-disc changer, but I do mind having to manually roll down my windows because the original owner was THAT CHEAP. And if you’re asking yourself right now, “Do they still make cars with manual windows and door locks?” I can assure you quite confidently that they do. In fact, four out of the five cars I could afford from CarMax DID NOT have power windows or locks. I mean, REALLY??
On the plus side, Hertz – the car rental company from whom my dad has bought his last two cars – had just what I was looking for: medium-size, dog-friendly, Japanese-made vehicles with power everything at affordable prices. After looking through their inventory, I fell in love with the Rogue. Large but fuel efficient, sporty but utilitarian, I felt that this car met all my needs. So I started hunting for a model in my area.
The Stockton Hertz lot had two 2009 Nissan Rogues, both priced at $17,000 – one in gray and one in red. Dan advocated for the gray car, but I’ll be damned if I ever own another white / black / silver / gray car again. It’s just so blah. And I’m not interested in blah.
Then I called Roseville, who had a Rogue, in red, for $16,000. Would I drive the extra eighty miles to save a thousand bucks? You bet your ass I would.
So that’s how I spent my Saturday. Dan and I drove to Roseville where I test drove and immediately fell in love with the car. I then found out that the price had dropped another five hundred dollars, on top of the three hundred dollars I was already saving by being a Triple-A member.
HELLO. Where do I sign??
Three hours later, I drove off the lot in this beauty:
Under normal circumstances, I hate driving. But this car is just SO FUN to drive. And it’s PRETTY. And I’m finding myself making up excuses to go ALL THE WAY TO ATWATER to buy dog toys when there’s a perfectly good PetSmart around the corner from my house.
Do I have an addiction? Maybe. Am I okay with it? TOTALLY.