Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A New Set of Wheels

I mentioned earlier that this past weekend was one of the best weekends ever. Another thing that made it so special and wonderful – I bought a car! For quite some time now, I had been telling myself I should start looking around. I had my car for seven years and while it still functioned perfectly, it was time for something new. Here’s the story of how it all came about:

I had pretty much already made up my mind that I would never buy a brand new car. I figured it was just silly to since the value of the car is said to plummet as soon as you drive it off the lot. So, I started looking online at a few cars that were only a couple years old to get a ballpark idea of what they were going for. I knew I wanted a Honda Accord Coupe – that was a definite. I used to drive a Civic and don’t have one complaint about the car, the service, the maintenance, etc. Everything was so affordable and dependable compared to the Ford I drove in high school.

I decided that on Saturday, after acting class, I’d run by a dealer or two to test drive the 2012 Accord to get an idea of how to compare it to the slightly older models. Upon arriving at the dealer, a salesman anxiously greeted us, and the process began. We started off with the basics so I told him the car that I was looking at, the number of doors I wanted [2] and that a sunroof was a necessity [obviously.]

Well, they only had about 3 or 4 Accord coupes on the lot. The only red Accord was an LX [no sunroof] so that wasn’t an option. The only EX [one step up] was black and that color was not an option for me. Then, he mentioned the grey Accord. Sigh.


This grey one was the EX-L model meaning it was pretty much the top of the line Accord –leather seats, XM Radio, Bluetooth capabilities, etc. As a pretty practical gal when it comes to spending money, I knew I didn’t need those things. I decided to take it for a spin anyway. With only 5 miles on it, this car was literally fresh out of the factory. It was gorgeous from the outside, the interior was fresh and pretty spacious compared to my Civic, and it drove like a champ. It was love.


After that, I test drove the new Civic coupe but my mind had already been made up – I wanted an Accord. At that point, the question was “What do I do now?” The sales manager told me they had another red Accord getting ready to come in but it was an LX-S [again, no sunroof. Not happening.] I took a look inside the black EX model with the cloth interior and liked that one as well but they didn’t have it in an exterior color I wanted. I could either keep looking around, wait for them to get additional shipments in, start looking at used cars, or see what kind of deal I could get on the EX-L.

Let’s just say I can’t pass up a good bargain. 

I had been sitting there at the salesman’s desk hours before going back and forth in my head about whether to buy, wait, grey, or red and then it just hit me! I knew what I wanted and what I didn’t want. I had an amazingly unbelievable deal laid out right before me. AND the interest rates were below 1%. NOW was the time to buy. Five hours later, the paperwork was signed, and I was the proud owner of a brand spankin’ new metallic grey Honda Accord EX-L!

Signing my life away! ;)



It feels so good to see something perfectly fall into place like that. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to save up money and be in a financial position where I am able to take this on at this point in my life. As a follow up to yesterday's post, I've learned that if you want something, go after it. Don't put it off. Seize the day!


Oh, and you better believe I’ll be treating my new car like a baby!

24 comments:

Sarah said...

congrats on your purchase :) such a pretty car!!

Kate said...

Did you buy your car at a Hendrick Honda? I see it flashing on the computer screen when you're signing your life away. Clearly Im the girl who notices details, haha!! Anyhow, if you did buy it there, well that is none other than one of the Hendrick's family businesses... Emily from The Bach-ette... Ricki Hendrick. Them!

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

Yay! That's awesome that you found the perfect deal/car! So happy for you. Enjoy the new car smell for me :)

CALLIE said...

Yay!!! So excited for your big girl purchase. I took the plunge two years ago :) Love the new ride!!

Shayna said...

Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations lady! That is sooo exciting! I'm so happy for you!

Heidi said...

Congrats on your new car! You are so right about Hondas-- such great cars! Love the one that you chose. I'm almost at the point where I'm starting to think about a new car too.

Lyzz said...

I miss my sun roof!! Love it!

Hilary said...

Love it! I have owned 3 Accord EX-L's and they are the bomb.com

I know how nerve wracking it is to purchase brand spankin' new - I almost threw up as we were signing for our Cherokee!

Kaileigh said...

I'm currently car shopping too! I had my heart set on the Mazda 3 but then test drove a Civic. Hondas have such a good name I think it's going to win out!
Congratulations, its a pretty nice looking car!

SarahLagen said...

Congrats!! I'm super impressed! You go girl!

Britt said...

Congratulations! You will love the Accord!!

The Pink Growl said...

congrats!! I will probably be buying a new car in the next year or two and I love those! Good choice!

Lindsay said...

Congrats again on the new car!! She's so prettyyyy :)

I just read your last Vegas recap and can I just say that you are one of the strongest people I've ever "met". It takes a lot to close a chapter of your life and move on while still keeping your head up. Keep doing things for YOU because you deserve every bit of happiness!

Sorry if that's a little cheesy...

the girl in the red shoes said...

Congrats! The new car looks amazing!

CMae said...

Hondas are THE BEST CAR!!! I'm on my second civic! :) Great choice! And you are absolutely right about this being the time to buy from houses to cars! :)

Raquel said...

Yay congrats!! I need to get myself a car too haha.

Amanda C. said...

It's so pretty! Congrats.

Kristen said...

yay! congrats on the new car!

The Sweet Life said...

Congrats on your new car...love it!! I just bought myself a new car as well.

Vannessa Gabbett said...

You definitely made a great decision, Chelsea. That Honda Accord EX-L suits you well. It sure is a blessing. Yes, seizing the day is what truly matters. Letting opportunities pass is a no-no. We only get one life to live, and we better make it right. =)

Tyra Shortino said...

Well, I think with a car like that, everyone who gets their hands on it will also treat it like a baby! And even though you did not get the color red that you’d wanted, the metallic grey isn’t that bad at all. Anyway, congratulations on getting the car! Grabbing this great opportunity is certainly a good move. Carpe Diem!


Tyra Shortino

Delsie said...

Congratulations on your new purchase! I think in the end, you chose the right car and the right bargain to go with. It’s definitely necessary to test drive the cars you’re interested in, for more comfortable you are in a car, the safer you will be on the road.

Delsie Maidens

Erwin Calverley said...

I think it was a good thing that you decided to buy the car and not let the opportunity pass by because you might not get another chance to find such a great car. The Honda Accord EX-L really suits you in any many ways! It is elegant, graceful, and beautiful, just like you. Anyway, how is the car doing? I hope it’s still running smoothly.



@Erwin Calverley

Ernest Houston said...

I wouldn’t be able to pass up a great car going for a great bargain either! Congratulations on your new car! I love that picture of the car in full profile with you standing beside it. It really shows the elegant streamlined design of the Accord EX-L. I hope you’ve been having fun with this on the road!

Ernest Houston