I've been aware for some time now that I really needed to be getting a new car. My poor old van was still running fine, but it needed a lot of work: the check-engine light was stuck in the on position, and I could no longer direct which vents I wanted the air in the front to come out of. Little things like that, but they would have been expensive to fix, and we were up over 250,000 miles.
I knew what I wanted: something with great gas mileage that we could pay off within a year. As much as I loved my van (and the Honda Accord I had before it), I did NOT love several years of high car payments. Oh, and I also wanted some cool bells and whistles--heated seats, XM radio, on-board navigation, that kind of thing. We compared the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra, and Sentra came out the winner (although it was really close), just like it did last year when we bought Mike's car.
Here's the new baby!
And here's the proof that the old baby was getting pretty long in the tooth:
I have to admit I cried a little bit when we said goodbye to the van. My kids grew up in that van!
I think we'll be quite happy with the Sentra though. Just as soon as I figure out how to work out all the gadgets!
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