We mentioned in our post about year three that on top of buying a house this year, we also bought a car. Another new adventure for the two of us. We knew this purchase was coming soon-ish as Ellie (Devra’s car) will be turning 20 next year, and Eddy (Will’s car) was a 1999 Ford Taurus.
With both of our cars being 90’s babies, we knew that one of them was going to need replacing soon. Consequently, we had been saving our pennies for a new car for the last two years. The plan was to replace Ellie in the beginning of 2016 with a small SUV.
Well, like most plans we make in life – God had some different timing in mind.
Instead of saving for another 5 months and replacing Ellie, we had a nice surprise of Will’s check engine light coming on. Eddy’s transmission was going out, for a car that’s only worth about a grand, that’s a kiss of death.
We were given estimates to replace the transmission, and decided that it wasn’t worth it. We weren’t quite where we wanted to be with our car fund yet, but buying an SUV was a strategic move we felt we should do. We want to start a farm in the next few years, and the SUV would be part of that. We also have two old cars that aren’t always so reliable and wanted the peace of mind knowing we have one car we can count on to get us to Kansas and back at Christmas without worry.
The next week was very stressful and exhausting. Eddy sat motionlessly in the driveway – saving the last few moments of a working transmission for the drive to the dealership to trade him in. Will and I shared Ellie…. Which was challenging because we don’t work the same schedule and we were trying to go here and there looking at cars.
We knew we weren’t buying a NEW car (probably never will). We knew we wanted a 2008-2012 Ford Escape with low miles and preferably all-wheel/4-wheel drive. AND we had a very strict price point. We had been saving for a new car because if at all possible we don’t want to have car payments. Every sales person would offer us financing, and every time we would say no. It was tempting, but we stood our ground.
Here’s where the story of buying a car really starts
What we were looking for is the magic combo everyone is looking for. As soon as an Escape meeting our criteria would hit the lot – it would be gone. After a week of spending every spare moment looking on line for possible car candidates and multiple hours every day going around to various dealerships we finally had it narrowed down. It was Thursday night, we were leaving for Colorado the next day, and we wanted a car to come home to.
We landed in a predicament between a blue Escape with 119K miles on it with a warranty from the dealership (due to the high miles) for exactly the amount we had in the car savings fund, and a red Escape with 54K miles on it and a price that needed to come down for us to consider throwing extra money at it.
We found ourselves with no time and no space to make a big decision. I will spare you the details of the whole scenario. In two separate cars, we were in transit from one dealership to another. We used those moments to pray, seek godly counsel, listen, and try to discern the best decision for Team Pomeroy. We asked God to give us peace about which car to pick.
When I got in that red Escape to meet Will at the dealership, I was overwhelmed with a peace I hadn’t felt yet during this process. I beat Will to the dealership, but he had told me the price we needed to be able to buy the Red Escape. I walked in and told the salesman that the mechanic said the car was great and we agreed with him. I told him we had another car offer on the table that worked for our budget, but that this was the car we wanted and we needed the price to come down.
While he went to get a piece of paper that Will had but I didn’t, Will arrived at the dealership. He looked at me and said “This is the car, Wifey. This is the car we want.” God had given us both peace about the decision. What happened next was even better – Nick, the salesman, came back with a new offer on the car. The price was exactly what Will said he would sign on the dotted line for, BUT I had not told the salesman that price. It was just further confirmation that we were making the right choice.
Will let me write the big check, and less than 24 hours before leaving on our anniversary trip we brought Robert into the Pomeroy Life.
I am going to miss having matching cars, but we learned so much through the process of buying a car. We learned about all the fees that get added to the sticker price of a car. More importantly we grew in our ability to listen to each other, to stick to our principles, to weigh options, to humbly seek counsel, and to work together as a team.
Robert is hubster’s new car. He was sweet to offer that I get the new car and he take mine since we had been planning to replace Ellie, but I told him that I get to spend money on school, a gym membership, races to run in, house projects… all he wants money for is the occasional lunch out with his coworkers. He should get the new car. What a man though. Such a servant.
As for Robert’s name, Eddy was easy to name. He nearly matched Ellie so he needed a matching name. But where to start with Robert?! For those of you who didn’t know me before I was Devra Pomeroy, I used to be Devra Redford. When I would tell people how to spell my name I would say “Redford, like a red Ford truck.” Consequently, before I was married I really wanted a red Ford. At first Will suggested we name the Escape Redford, but I just didn’t think that was right. Then he had the brilliant idea of naming it Robert, Robert RedFord.
So there you have it folks. The story of our new addition.