Weekly Wrap-Up #7- We Bought a Car!

After weeks and weeks of researching and searching, we finally got a car!  And let me tell you- it’s a huge weight off of our shoulders.

Up until now, we’ve been borrowing my mother’s, which was incredibly kind and generous of her, but not exactly convenient for any of us.  I know she’s glad to have her car back, and we’re glad to have our own.

Finding a Car

We knew that we didn’t want to get a brand new car and have those big monthly payments, but the used market in our area proved to be a bit challenging.  All of the used vehicles we checked out at dealerships were much higher than we wanted to spend- we would have had to finance one, completely defeating the point of going with used!  Craigslist was discouraging, and it’s especially hard to find something decent when you aren’t knowledgable about the mechanics.  It would be so easy to get ripped off by a private seller.

So much to consider, and even though we weren’t spending a ton of money, it was still a lot to us.  Since we just moved to the US last summer, it’s taken a lot of effort to get on our feet.  Buying a car was one of the big steps in our journey to getting settled.

In the end, we found a 2000 Mercury from a friend of a relative.  It’s so nice to buy from someone who you can trust.  We’re really happy with it, so hopefully it lasts us for a long while!

Alexa Rank Update: I’m feeling good about my ranking this week- down to 220,957.  I could potentially reach the goal by the end of this month.

Recently enjoyed posts:

I Need Opinions… by Bre at The Weight of Debt- Bre is thinking about deferring one of her student loans so that she can pay off the smaller one quickly.  Check out her post and share your thoughts.

Defining What Financial Independence Means to You by Michael at Save-Invest-Grow- Michael asks how you define FI, and what you’re doing to reach it.

Hope you have an awesome week!

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and travel lover living on a budget.

17 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up #7- We Bought a Car!

  1. Congrats on the new car! Even better getting it from someone you know and without the nasty loan. 🙂 We’re going to be in the market for a new to us car way too soon and hoping to be able to escape a loan as well.

  2. Thanks sooo much for the mention! I could use all the opinions on that I can get!

    Congrats on the car! A car is on our soon to be purchasing list too! Since my other half has a new job and we no longer can carpool together he only has is motorcycle to commute to work every day. And Florida’s rainy season is coming!

  3. Congrats on the car! Over the last two years we’ve had to purchase 2 cars… it really sucked for our finances but has made life so much easier. We live in the suburbs and there are basically zero public transportation options.

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