1. Mazda are solid. Congrats on a new car. We are still in a sedan and I can see the attractiveness of having an SUV.

    So Canada road trip eh? Does that include coming all the way over to Vancouver? ?

  2. steveark

    100,000 miles on a car is nothing. Very few cars made in the last decade won’t go 200,000 miles with few, if any, repairs. I just replaced my 2008 Infiniti with 200,000 miles on it. It never went to the shop for a single repair. Our other two cars have 160 and 170 k miles on them, they still run like new. I just bought a newer Infiniti from one of the internet car companies. I wired them the money and they delivered the car to me. Talk about easy, and the price was great too. Sounds like you guys made a smart purchase, that Mazda should last forever.

    • His car definitely would have lasted longer (cosmetic issues aside). We just got to the point where it felt OK to take the trade-in offer and make the switch.

      Fun story – my dad gifted me my dream car when I turned 17. It was a ’94 Camaro with over 200k miles on it, but he rebuilt the engine at his shop. I used to drive past and drool over the car. He always told me it was for a customer of his!

  3. Congrats on the new car!

    I hate car shopping with a passion. And since we are in the thick of teen drivers, we have also been in the thick of car shopping.

    Luckily, I haven’t had to shop for a car for myself in a really, really long time. And hopefully that’ll continue for a while…at least until we are done shopping for teenagers!

    • Oh my gosh. I am so glad this isn’t on our radar anytime soon. Hopefully by the time HP is old enough to drive, he can just teleport or something 😉

  4. Melody

    Vehicles are interesting. Major, depreciating purchases that are none-the-less essential.

    We had a ’98 minivan shared by the two of us (no kids). When the van hit 220,000 miles it started to have minor issues so we purchased a 2016 Honda Fit (gas mizer hatch back) for 10,500 (17,000 miles but a rebuilt title) and moved the van to secondary position (only driving 3,000 miles or less in a year with it). The insurance cost actually went DOWN because we were moving to a safer vehicle. It’s cheaper to drive the two cars then it was the one. After a few years we were looking to replace the van and choose a 2014 Toyota Tacoma for 17,000 (just 22,000 miles). That’s where we are now.

    I’m CRAZY cheap, and it hurts me to have about 25,000 just rotting in my driveway, but the bottom line was that by upgrading to two vehicles that were nearly two decades newer, the safety factor increased exponentially. For instance, we insisted on vehicles with side crash air bags, high testing scores, back up cameras, etc. We also get perks like better gas mileage, lower emissions, etc… I think it’s important to only have as much car as you can afford but that it isn’t always a race to ‘how low can I go’. We do expect to have these for at least another decade but I am assuming that in another decade there will be even more improvements to vehicles (self parking, lane drift warnings, electric batteries) so I’m assuming I will move up then.

    • I wish I had you with me when we were car shopping! Though I do think that we think similarly in many regards. We knew we wanted to be able to drive this one for at least ten more years. It helped to have someone else take the depreciation hit some. I was really floored when I saw that the 2020 version of the same car was over $10k more without any upgrades. Yikes!

  5. We have pondered our next car for over a year but we can’t/won’t commit because I don’t want to pay the kind of money it’d take to get the car I’d prefer (hybrid or all electric minivan). The one good thing about being stuck home for a long while – I can put off that decision even longer. We can use this time to save more money and hopefully wait out the higher prices. They won’t go down enough in the next year for us to afford it but it’s got to come down some? Maybe?

    We have picked up a few other things that are more immediately useful to our quality of life, though.

    • It was such a hard decision to make! Part of me really wanted to look more at hybrid or electric, but I’m not totally sold on battery disposal and other things. And our stupid state runs on coal–something like almost half. However, I am hopeful by the time *I* need a car, I’ll be able to go electric without giving it a second thought. In the meantime, I am celebrating having a fuel efficient vehicle that runs on regular gas…and having less need to drive period.

      I will cross my fingers that prices come down for you!

      • I know, the electric battery technology (and the infrastructure for it across the country) is still not quite where I want it to be to commit that kind of minivan money either so there are quite a few pieces that need to come together. Crossing my fingers for prices AND improved tech in the next year? 😀

  6. Congratulations! I despise car shopping. This is apparently a great time to buy a car. Kudos for finding a way to get through it with your sanity intact 🙂

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