Thursday, January 26, 2017

Our New Ride · Dodge Dart

It's been a little over three months already since we mustered up the faith to purchase a new car. I shared a little bit over on Instagram about a week after we got our new ride, but I wanted to post here too. Buying a car was a big step for us. For any one, really. We'd been hoping to hang on to my Dodge Neon until G wraps up his associates degree in a couple years, but it didn't work out that way. Long story short, my brother and sis-in-law were in dire need of a second vehicle. Their differing work schedules were starting to bring about a lot of stress for them and we knew that they could really benefit from having another car to drive. So, after much consideration + prayer, we made the decision to gift them ours. We both felt it would be the best option.

Looking back, it all happened so quickly that it seemed surreal for a few weeks. I mean, we went from talking about it one week, to finding a too-good-to-pass-up deal on a brand new 2015 Dodge Dart the next. Since it was nearing the end of the year, I think the dealership was trying to get rid of what they had left of their 2015 models (especially since Dodge ended up discontinuing the Darts last year). I was really surprised they still had new 2015's available. We'd already done loads of research on the Darts beforehand and knew exactly what we wanted to get. The only thing we changed our minds about was the color. We were dead set on white, but that went out the window as soon as we laid eyes on the silver. I couldn't be happier with our choice!

I had my 2005 Dodge Neon for nearly 10 years. What's really cool is that it belonged to one of my best friends, Lauren, before it became my first set of wheels. Lauren's parents had purchased the car for her. Later on she ended up getting married and moved out of state. Around the time that my parents started looking into getting a car for me, Lauren made me aware that they were planning on selling their car since they didn't really need a second vehicle at that point in time. Years before, I actually told her that I wanted a car like hers one day.

My parents had a set budget before they started looking. Without even mentioning that amount to Lauren, she told me her asking price. Lo and behold, it just so happened to be the exact figure that my parents were willing to pay. God worked it all out in our favor. I can't even begin to rehash all the memories that little white car holds. From all the road trippin' adventures, to the jam sessions and all those aimless late night drives just to clear my mind. That car was a blessing. I'm glad that it'll be staying in our family until it finally breaks down.

The Neon served us well, but I'm looking forward to making new memories in the Dart :)

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