Yes, after holding off and managing to split our crew between multiple vehicles, we caved and now are the proud owners of a minivan! It was a bit of a painful experience, as it often is unless you’ve got unlimited amounts of disposable income and ninja level of negotiating skills.
First things first, we had to decide what we were going to get. Of course, this involves evaluating how much we could afford. I looked at one of the “Best of 2015” lists and I saw the following:
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna
- Kia Sedona
- Mazda Mazda5
- Dodge Grand Caravan
Well, despite the fact that I did my due diligence and researched all of them, I knew that we were probably not going to be able to swing the Odyssey or the Sienna. Both are great vehicles but they are a bit pricier than anything we wanted to spend.
I also have owned a Grand Caravan in the past and, really, I didn’t want to go down that route again. I checked out the Mazda and it really didn’t seem like our style so that left one option – the Kia Sedona. I immediately began scouring the internet for reviews, options and, naturally, deals. I found a good price but it was more than 100 miles away.
We decided to check dealerships in our area first to see if there were any unadvertised deals going on. In the process, we got to test drive a Sedona to see if we actually liked it. To be honest, it really could have been anything, as long as it wasn’t super rickety, we were going to get it. We knew that, with the twins on the way and the year-end sales on right now, we needed to just find something. We opted against buying it that night, however, so that we could talk it over and because of the better pricing up north.
To compare, we stopped by the Dodge dealership across the street and encountered the most ridiculous salesman ever. First, he acted like he barely knew what the Grand Caravan was… It was kind of crazy. Then he didn’t even hide the fact that he wanted to go home and that we had caught him on his way out. The rest of the conversation is not worth recapping but, needless to say, we scratched the Dodge off our list immediately after that experience.
A couple days later, we made the two hour drive up to the other Kia dealership. We had our hearts set on the EX model (especially after we sat in it!) but then reality set in and we realized that those payments were much higher than what we planned to pay. We came down to the base model, the L, and after a couple stressful hours, we made the trek back home with one new minivan and a cranky baby in our possession (and Josh’s old car since the trade-in just wasn’t worth it).
So far, we’ve only driven it once but it was fun. We felt so official which is, of course, ridiculous since it doesn’t make us any more of a family than we were before Saturday afternoon. There was just something about making that commitment in anticipation of our twins that felt unique and special. Sure,
I was nervous driving our new acquisition on the highway all the way home but I was also proud and a little bit giddy. I glanced in the back of the van on occasion and pictured our babies snug in their car seats as we embarked on mundane shopping trips and grand adventures and I felt a sense of peace. It’s crazy to be expecting again (never mind twins!) with a six-month-old baby but something about that experience helped me feel like it’s all going to be alright.