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Tale of Two Cars

Posted by Bryce Wend on March 12, 2009

So I need to get a new car.  My current car has been great, no I take that back, it’s been a fantastic car.  I’ve had my little Honda Accord since I graduated from college and moved to the big city to start my new life.  It was gently used at the time but great on gas mileage, low maintenance and the sportiest thing I had ever owned.  Of course compared to a hand-me-down Volvo Station Wagon and a stock-model Ford Ranger this isn’t saying much. 


My little 2-door Honda represented a life that was carefree and simple. 


But life changes and now I’ve found myself at a crossroad. 


I’m more financially stable, have achieved a certain status in my career and am now responsible for a young child (who will travel in said new car).  The truth is I am really torn on what type of a car to buy. 


This wouldn’t be such a hard decision if I was one of those people who got a new car every four years, but I’m not.  This car has got to last me at least seven or eight years.  That means I will own this car when I am nearing the 40-year old mark, Wow.        


I have never owned a brand new car and I definitely want one for this purchase.  My husband drives a behemoth GMC Yukon Denali which, despite it’s gas guzzling tendencies, has been great for the long road trips that we take at least two to three times a year.  Also, the better gas mileage I get on my vehicle, the higher my company car allowance goes.  So, here’s the skinny: 


Do I go with the Lexus RX350 “I’ve arrived in life” luxury SUV, with room to expand when Mason gets a sibling?





The Nissan Altima Hybrid aka “I’m a semi-sporty, enviro-conscious, mom who just may run out of trunk space at any given moment.” 


The sensible side of my brain is at odds with the ego that wants to be unleashed.  Which would you choose for me?


2 Responses to “Tale of Two Cars”

  1. Rob Leguillon said

    Hey Bryce i would love to buy your car for my summer internship in LA. How much? Oh yeah and both of the cars you picked are cool, but i would go with one of those new Volvo XC-90’s. They are safer and you can get one with a twin turbo!!(gas milage smash milage) Plus they look cooler, but out of the two i would pick the Lexus.

  2. Chris Wend said

    Go with what you want Bryce. It only matters what you like since you will be driving it all the time! Or put a picture of each vehicle in front of Mason and let him help you pick!

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