Ya know…Going through this whole car-buying process as a clueless newlywed made me think back on my first car-buying experience – A time when I was more clueless and not-so-much a newlywed. I was a recent college grad, and I had two criteria on my list: Cute car and affordable. (In that order too!)
Back then, I went with a 2004 Mazda 3 in strato blue. I souped it up pretty good too…Sun roof, spoiler, 6-cd player, alloy wheels…The works. It definitely concurred with my first requirement (cute), and as far as the “affordable” part, let’s just say that I was able to make the payments, but I hated forking over as much cash as I did every month.
But I digress…
After comparing and contrasting about seven different cars on paper, and then after test driving four of those, my husband and I decided that our newlywed car shopping experience was going to end with either a Scion xB or a Kia Soul.
Needless to say, buying a car as a newlywed was just a tad bit different than my “I’m out of college, and I have a job!” phase. This time around, my husband and I came up with a few more criteria to research: affordable, good ground clearance (Bottoming out on our driveway and hitting snow banks was a big issue with the Mazda 3 that we wanted to avoid entirely with our new car.), handles well in the snow, more storage space, great gas mileage, reliable, and a good warranty. And the very last thing on the list: cute.
I admit we probably looked pretty goofy to all the salesman when my husband busted out his measuring tape and started measuring the trunk space and ground clearance on the vehicles while I followed, making scribbles and check marks on our massive spreadsheet. But in the end, it was so worth it.
The winner? A 2010 Kia Soul. Hands down, this car met all of the requirements we wanted in a car and more! For practicality purposes, it handles well in the snow, has GREAT ground clearance, great gas mileage, plenty of space, AND a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty taboot!
But wait, there’s more!
It also has an iPod jack, hands free Blue Tooth, lights in the speakers that light up along with the beat of whatever music you’re listening to, AND it has a USB port, which my husband and I have determined is just about the coolest thing in the world because for about $30, we can upload all of our mp3s onto a 16-gig flash drive, plug it into the car, and Voila! Good music wherever, whenever! And did I mention that we got all this for less than $20k?!
Sorry to sound like such an infomercial, but I’m super pumped to be the owner of this car! Oh, and I’d like to give a shout out to my boy, Sterling, who hooked us up at the Bedford Kia dealership! (He was awesome from the start!) So all in all, I would say that my second car-buying experience was even better than the first.
There’s just one thing…We bought a manual, and I kinda sorta technically don’t know how to drive a stick shift…Eh, how hard could it be? Right?