Sunday, January 22, 2012

You just won a BRAND NEW CAR! Seriously? No.

So, some of you my know that we now are down to one car.  Which is fine when me and Cimaron work the same shifts, but when we don't I need to rely on the good will of the people I work with to get home.  In the fall I used to be able to walk to the trax station and ride it to the 39th stop. I would say it is about a mile walk (not bad at all and I actually enjoyed getting the exercise).  Well, now it's cold and I feel like I'm a bother to people at work and get anxious to ask for rides home.

{I feel like I should just join the homeless people on the corner by Walmart with a sign that says "no car... pregnant... need a ride home." I would have to throw the pregnancy card, right? }

And I know it's NOT going to kill me to get a little cold, but my UTA pass from Weber State has now expired {shouldn't suprise me since it's been 1+ year since I graduated} and the cost of a ticket for a 2 mile trax ride is not very cheap.

Anywho, now the big question is...

to buy a car... or not buy a car?

And if we get a car, do we get a cheaper one that we can pay for with cash? Or do we get one for a couple more grand and put that cash down and get a really small loan?

I'm seeing pros and cons to both.

Meh. I think I know the answer and I may be leaning toward the more expensive option  so I can look good in "newer car". I know. It's lame.

I find myself going back and forth a lot on this decision though and I'd really like to get it off of my mind. Sometimes I even feel like I can do without a car... and then we would be able to keep our money!

{This realization usually comes to me when Cimaron is able to give me rides.  But then we NEED a car when I'm walking home and weirdos are honking at me. Hello? I'm with child. Who came up with that, anyway?  Do ladies really find that attractive?  Yeah... I have a great husband at home, but some creepy guy just honked at me.  Now I'm really confused. Decisions, decisions. JK JK}

But our circumstances are different from other families because Cimaron has a job where he can't just up and leave to come get me from work... and he NEEDS the car incase a story breaks and he needs to go report on it so I can't drop him off for work.

That's about all for tonight. If any of you are selling a car, giving one away for free, or have any tips, please share :)


Kendra L. said...

oooh tough. One car is not fun, especially in your case. In my case, I just hibernate at home and only go out (especially because of the cold weather) for Crue's doctor appointments and church! haha.

My thoughts on the issue: What happens when you go into labor and need to go to the hospital? I guess it would be acceptable for Cim to leave work then...? Not having a car at home with a baby isn't too big of a deal...but it gets pretty inconvenient in my opinion, especially if Cim can't always be "on call". So I say get a car. cheaper or more expensive....hmph. I dunno. For us when the day comes, we plan on getting a bigger, slightly newer car just because our current one is on its way out so eventually it will replace it. Your Malibu seems to have a lot of life left. But then again, you want a reliable car for both of you.
HAHA ok I can't make decisions either. so I'll stop now. Best of luck!

Heidi said...

HI Carli! Remember us? We were in the Memorial Park Ward together. Wow I can't believe I found your blog! I was looking at my friend's blog and recognized your last name. :) How are you guys?? I see you are due to have a girl in May. How exciting!! Is it your first? We have 2 kids now: a boy and a girl. Please feel free to look at my bog too! It's private, so I need your email to invite you. Just send it to I made our blog private once we started having kids: too many crazies out there. :) Can't wait to hear from you!!

Kirsten said...

We're wondering what to do about cars, too. We'll need a bigger one with the baby, but we're not sure whether to keep the little one and finally become a "2 car family" or sell it and be a little more financially solvent. If we sell it, maybe you'd want it? It's not very ugly on the outside, but it has been playing home to two kids under 6 for the last three years, so it constantly needs serious vacuuming.

Dave & Brittney said...

Hi Carli, this is Dave! I know this is an old post, and you've probably already made your decision one way or the other, but I had to comment.
Brittney and I have had just one car for a few years now and I have to say that I totally understand the "join the homeless people on the corner by Walmart" feeling. Brittney has our car and I'm going to school right now, so I mooch rides from my classmates. It's one of those things that gets old after a few times.