Thursday, May 15, 2008

Well, we put it off as long as we could, but with gas prices being what they are, economically it just didn't make sense to keep the Expedition any longer. The Green Beast is gone!

In it's place is this:

Meet our new 2007 Prius Touring (aka: Roz)

We really drug our heels on this particular decision because neither of us particularly like the way the car looks. How pathetic is that? But we made the decision a couple of months ago that it just didn't make sense to get anything else. We made a list of options we wanted the car to have (for instance, we wanted a touring model), the color we wanted, the extras that were important to us and we started looking.

Boy were we surprised to find that these cars are in such demand that they simply cannot be found out here!

Until last Thursday.

We drove to Tennessee to look at it late Saturday night. We took care of the financing online on Sunday, and we drove back to Tennessee yesterday afternoon and picked it up. It was exactly what we both wanted in a car. Down to the color and the tint!

Did I mention we got a phenomenal deal on it? We paid about $8000 less for the car than it should have cost. And all because we knew the deal better than the dealer did. He had to go to Florida to get this one (that's how rare they are) and apparently didn't realize that it takes Kelly Blue Book about three months to catch up to changes in the market. YAY us!

Anyway, we averaged close to 60 mpg on the way back from Nashville (we stopped there for dinner), and only used a gallon and a half of gas. Did I mention that the car recognizes its owner? Yep. you don't need a key to unlock the door or start the car. You just push a button! How cool is that?? It even has a rear view mounted camera with night vision to help you back up more safely. Everything is handled on a touch screen monitor on the dash- the audio (with a 6 disk changer), the climate control stuff... everything! You also have the option of taking care of everything from the steering wheel so you don't have to take your hands off the wheel.

I'm totally in love with this car!

We've decided to put the necessary $1000 into my car that it needs (new tires, brakes, timing chain, water pump) and funnel more money into paying off the Prius early. We think we can have it paid off in about two years. At that time, we'll probably just get another one and save the Saturn for Michael to drive. He's about to turn twelve... he'll be driving in no time!

Needless to say, we're totally stoked about this awesome car!


Blogger anne said...

Man that sounds fabulous!! 60 on the highway!? That's unbelievable!

9:18 PM  

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