I have a day off today!! I am so excited I still ended up getting up early…lol. When Mr. Achilles woke me up at 5:30 this morning with endless kisses, my mind drifted to blogging and would not allow me to sink back into blissful sleep. That’s ok. I have things I want to take care of today, other than recharging my batteries.
Last night, I planned my day. The core of the plan is lots of laziness, but there are a few things that I should take care of since I have the time. Days off hardly ever end up being truly days off. I’m almost never home now so this is my opportunity to take care of all of those things that get neglected for lack of time.
One of the things I am doing today is looking for a vehicle. I love my 1996 Ford Windstar…its been a pretty good van…but its time for it to go. She has gotten very demanding about the necessary repairs and I just don’t have the time (or the desire) to put all of the time needed to fixing her broken or breaking parts. Unfortunately, one of the things that is failing on her is the head gasket. Just not worth it to fix.
Thankfully, her head gasket hasn’t gone, yet, though I can tell that that could happen any time now. So, before I am left stranded on the side of the road or freeway, I am replacing her. Though it will be sad to see her go, I am excited about the prospect of getting a smaller, more gas efficient vehicle. I do a lot of driving.
So, what car am I getting? I have no idea. I have spent the last week perusing the Craigslist cars and trucks section and have seen a few vehicles that I think will work out just fine. All I need is a vehicle that will last at least a year, gets really great gas mileage, and will fit all of my cleaning supplies in it. This may turn out to not be the ideal vehicle for everything (will all four dogs fit?), but, for now at least, I will worry about that later. Keeping me moving is the priority.
As I am looking at vehicles, I find myself wishing that I had more money to put out on this. How many vehicles can be listed as running great but needing a transmission or head gasket for more money than they are worth?? How can a vehicle be ‘running great’ with those kind of repairs needed? In a higher price bracket, I believe I wouldn’t have to stumble through as many misleading (ok. outright deceiving) ads. Perhaps I’m wrong about that.
I have considered going to one of those used car dealerships that “finance anyone (your job is your credit)” but I have to admit it just sounds like paying too much for a vehicle I could find for less through a private owner. The…downside?…is having to drive around to each vehicle I am interested in and believe could be the one, for now, to see how honest the current owner’s posting was. Exhausting.
Any who…as I plan on there being a bunch of napping and dog play going on today, I suppose I should get at it. Craigslist…here I come.