It Finally Happened

Monday, July 22, 2013


I knew this day would come. It was only a matter of time, really--as sure as the fact that I'm gonna have bladder problems after shooting this kid out of my tinkle taco. For over three blessed years, I was able to skidaddle out of this undesirable task, but this weekend I could swerve no longer.

You see, Saturday I had to go car shopping (wait for it) with my engineer husband.

When Tater Tot made his/her "I'll be popping out of you" announcement, it became undeniably obvious that we needed a new car. A truck and a two-door Yaris aren't exactly conducive for Baby Roach. No way can my noodley-oodley arms cram and jam a car seat into that teeny hatchback every day, nor do I want to win Redneck Mama of the Year by strapping my baby into the bed of a truck.

Hence car shopping.
As you may or may not know, engineers are a tad . . . quirky. (Love you, babe.) I've dreaded this day since we went to Bed Bath and Beyond for our wedding registry. (I'm pretty sure the BB&B lady thought we were crazy to share our lives together if we couldn't even agree on plates.) I knew if picking out dishes and blenders (that other people were going to buy us) was an incredibly painful experience, car shopping would be a whole 'nother ball of hurt.

Grahm's Approach to Car Shopping:
1. Research for at least one month prior to stepping onto a lot.
2. Ask people who own the car he's thinking about the pros/cons.
3. Test drive several vehicles. Research for weeks again.
4. Ponder. Research more.
5. Weeks and weeks later, start thinking about actually buying something.

Words like horsepower, cylinder,and  four-wheel drive are as foreign a concept to me as back hair. I could really care less what I drive, I just need a car to get me from Point A to Point B that won't chug-a-lug gas every two minutes (aka it won't cut into my shopping "budget").

Jena's Approach to Car Shopping:
1. Play dumb (not hard). Ooohh and aahhh over all the shiny things. ("Pretty!")
2. Make lots of unnecessary small talk with the car salesman, so he will like you and give you discounts.
3. Play the "We're expecting our first child" card as often as possible. More discounts.
4. Pick a vehicle based on color alone. (It can't be white, it has to be pearl.)
5. Buy immediately.

Needless to say, it's a good thing Grahm is the way he is (however painfully slow this process is/will continue to be). We would have driven away in the first shiny car we saw, if it had been up to me. But boy howdy, picking out anything mechanical with a mechanical engineer is no walk in donut park.

Fun fact: One of the car salesmen we dealt with told us that 4% of car purchasers spend more time searching for their new vehicle than they do in picking out a spouse...(The car is the real commitment, apparently.)

Linking up with Sami!

25 comments:

Casey Aslan said...

Love this! My husband is the EXACT same. If it were up to me I would have had a new car last December but "we" are still waiting for just the right time and sale...oi

Rachel S said...

I am so jealous of car shopping. I have tried to bribe my husband into doing this and he keeps saying no!

Melissa said...

Congrats on car shopping! As long as y'all decided on a car before Baby Roach makes their debut, you'll be fine. You and I are the same. I am all about instant gratification. I want the first thing I see, it was a huge problem with house hunting too. I always tell my husband I can make any house a home. So needless to say, I'm not the picky one when it comes to that stuff...I just want it to work. Good luck and can't wait to see what you decide on! If you want an opinion, I have a Ford Edge and LOVE it! :)

Katie Did What said...

Ugh, I HATE car shopping. I hate the sleezy car salesmen and the hours upon hours of deliberation and the back and forth and just, no. I much prefer your method to car shopping ;) And now the question remains: what did you get?!?

xo

Katie Did What said...

Oh, wait. you didn't yet. Okay then, disregard that question!! haha :)

Sami said...

Oh my gosh that is too funny! I have never been car shopping but I don't think I want to go anytime soon. I'm the same as you.. oh that one is pretty! Ooooh that goes fast! It's so bad haha.

Amy said...

wow....about that percentage! crazy sauce.
It's definitely good to do some research. I did SOME with my current car but i really bought it because i thought it was pretty bahaha. i wish i had done more because this thing EATS gas!

Sarah said...

I'm with G-unit on this one...I'm a researcher. My mom has a subscription to Consumer Reports so I always read their ratings obsessively.

Hope you find one you love, that Grahm loves too!

Nicole said...

Sooo, I take it you didn't buy one yet? We just get what works for us...which is a pickup. I live on a farm for goodness sakes. It's a given that I'll be a redneck mama! hahaha.

Amanda Bumgarner said...

Ha! Jordan and I BOTH had to car shop at the same time due to a series of unfortunate circumstances. It was horrible. Jordan would rather cut off his nose than car shop, I ended up just going with a guy friend of mine. We pretended to be married and everything. For what it's worth, I LOVE my Ford Focus. I've had it for 3+ years, and it's been great. Gets 37 MPG and hasn't given me any trouble yet.

Amanda Bumgarner said...

*I forgot the "and" in the third sentence. Hello, comma splice.

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

That's hilarious! My husband, Jared, is the same way. He is so analytical and car shopping with him is torture. One day at work I went out and took photos of my car, looked up the blue book and sold it that night. I didn't even think about not having a car until I realized I had to get to work the next day. Then Jared was so mad at me even though I had a wad of cash ready for a down payment. ha ha. Needless to say he wasn't impressed with my "car shopping" skills.

Becky said...

Haha that is hilarious! I hope by the end of it you are both super happy with the purchase! I went with my mom to buy her new that is now my car about 10 years ago. I had fun during the test drives but everything else was really boring haha. I have a Honda CR-V that I absolutely love!

Annabelle said...

I am married to a mechanical engineer too! Oh my goodness, I have hard time letting him talk me into getting another car! I plan to have the one I got for a VERY long time!

Allison said...

My approach is just like yours. My husband actually wants to do research and spend time making a big decision...me, get it done! Haha. That's exciting you are getting a new car though! :)

Kayla Peveler said...

Holy cow! That is one wild statistic... I work with a lot of engineer brains in my day-to-day job. They can certainly be finicky .... but I'm sure your man will find you a care you BOTH love...in pearl, of course ;)

Whitney said...

Do we have the same husband?? Haha

Kalyn V said...

Haha I think my future husband and your husband share the same brain, he's a Mech engineer too, and we've been "looking" at new cars for me for a loooonngg time now. And by looking I mean never actually going to a dealership, just comparing things online. Grr so frustrating.

Jenna said...

Lol, sounds like my husband and I! He will mull it over for ever and ever to the point that I forgot we were even buying anything. I am all about how pretty something is and if I think I'll look good in it or not lol. Good thing we have these great guys to keep us from buying silly things :)

Corinne said...

Oh my! I can't imagine car shopping with my hubby but I think (and hope!) that it will be in the somewhat near future. So did you find something you two agree on?!

Kelsey Eaton said...

Our problem is my hubby and I are both the type that research and research and ask and ask so....nothing happens forEVER. He does it more than I do and it is rubbing off and me. He has convinced me to read every Amazon review before I bought some measuring cups. It is pretty hilarious if I do say so myself.

Nicole | Pharr Away said...

Ha! This is hilarious! As a mechanical engineer too my approach to car shopping is very much like Grahm's, but add to that the fact that I am a female so the "prettiness" of the car matters as well so the process just ends of taking FOREVER! My husband hardly even has a say, lol!!!

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Ha! It must be a guy thing, they are so into cars!

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

This post made me laugh, because it describes me and my fiance EXACTLY. As soon as we found out I was pregnant, the fiances car research began- 18 weeks later, he finally found the perfect car. I will say, his research paid off and we love it! But yes, if it were up to me, I would have taken a much lazier approach!

Mason's Mama said...

You are too funny! We just went through the car buying business! Best of luck to you!!