I finally got some good news I’ve been hoping for. The last two years, my car (a 2007 Cadillac that I’ve had for 4 years) has cost me several thousand dollars in repairs. In June, when I paid off the loan, I was told the car’s value was only $2400. Ouch. I’ve been looking for a newer used car, and I wanted to trade in the Cadillac – Caddie, as I called her – before it needed any more age-related repairs.
I went to the same car dealership where I’d gotten Caddie. They work with credit unions only, not banks, so the vehicles aren’t priced very much above their actual value. That’s the good news. The bad news is that their inventory moves so fast, it’s hard to find a car you like. And you certainly can’t order any cars. Since I’d already been watching their site since June, I jumped when I found a vehicle I could actually afford – and a 4-wheel-drive, at that, which is an absolute necessity when living on a mountain.
Long story short: I fell in love with the Jeep immediately, and the credit union financed it 100% because of my payment record on Caddie’s loan. I took Jeep on a test drive at 10 a.m. Thursday and pulled into my driveway with Jeep around 3:00 p.m. I am so relieved I found something before winter, which sometimes starts as early as September up here on Big Rock Candy Mountain.
I can’t keep calling my new car “Jeep.” Got any suggestions for names?