We are currently saving to buy a car, and deciding what car to buy is proving increasingly difficult.
I know, I know you think I don’t want a minivan because they are not cool. No one wants to admit they are no longer a sexy young thing but a slightly used soccer mom. But that’s not it at all.
Currently we drive a 2002 PT cruiser which has definitely done its duty. We have managed to fit three kids in car seats in the back, a double stroller in the trunk and a week’s worth of groceries which I think is pretty spectacular for the little hatchback. It’s good on gas, easy to park and gets me around to where I need to go. Sure the radio decides when it wants to work and there are more than a couple rust patches punctuating its once shiny silver finish but for the money we paid I am happy.
Now of course kids grow and mine are no exception. I know it’s just a matter of time before we need more space and I have been saving for a new car for some time. But what to buy?
This weekend the family went to Montreal and our vehicle for our family and my parents-in-law was a stow and go dodge caravan in sporty orange. My father in law borrow it from his neighbour so we could get away with two cars instead of three. With each out stop I became more and more in love with this vehicle. Heated seats, DVD player for the kids (god that was a life saver), radio you could control front and back, ditto for climate control, roomy trunk, sunshields in every window, automatic doors and start up, the list goes on and on. “See” my mother-in-law said to me “this gives you a chance to test out the waters”. And she was right. As I envisioned what life would be like for us it seemed so good (and reasonably priced) and then it all came to a screeching halt.
We got to the hotel which had underground parking. As my father-in-law circled, and circled the lot looking for a spot to fit the van I remembered why I didn’t want one.
I live in the hustling and bustling city of Toronto and you are basically lucky to get a parking spot anywhere. Now having to park a boat, well I remember trying to do it with the work minivan and being endlessly stressed and disappointed. Even once we did find a spot in the underground the back end of the van was sticking out and a target for lousy drivers to hit.
So that’s my dilemma. What do we do? I have looked at SUVs and I used to own (and cherish) a RAV4 but for the most part they are out of our price range. I have looked at cross-over vehicles like the Mazda and Dogdge Journey but the seats are small and you sacrifice all the trunk room in the 7 seat models. And then there is the minivan. Great to drive impossible to park.
Anyone have any advice for me? Got any feedback on your vehicle? What have you got and why did you choose it. Our only criteria is that ours must be used and seat 6+ people. I don’t care how I look because at least I will look happy because the kids won’t be yelling, screaming and fighting (at least not 100% of the time! LOL).