Over 3 years ago, we were in California about to move to Northwest Arkansas. But I needed a bigger car to drive cross country in. So even though I swore up and down that I would never drive a minivan, I made the decision to purchase a minivan. I actually was excited because of all the space. We had gone from a small Mazda 3 to a Chrysler Town & Country.
This is a picture similar to our van but ours was gold.
But it wasn’t a good decision after all. The day we packed up to leave California, the van broke down. I got in and ready to drive off from our apartment, when I shifted, I heard a screw fall and then the shifter wouldn’t go into park. Since I couldn’t put it into park, I couldn’t turn it off. We stopped in Stockton to get it fixed only to find out it would take 3 day. WHAT???
Luckily, my husbands 96 year old Grandma lived in Stockton. She let us stay with her. So in a way it was a blessing in disguise. Our kids got to spend 3 whole days with their great grandma. So I’m very thankful for that. I was not thankful for the $800 plus I had to shell out on the van.
Finally after 3 days, we hit the road. It took us 3 days to drive the 1800 miles plus. My husband drove the U-Haul, I drove the van with the girls. I had never driven that long distance before. It was fun. Well….kind of.
At one point, we made it to Oklahoma. While we were driving, we saw a storm off in the distance. Slowly I realized, we were driving straight for that storm. And once we finally made it into the eye of the storm, I realized just how different storms there were from ones we had in California. I was not prepared. I had never driven in rain and lightening so bad in my life. It scared the crap out of me. You have to remember, we came from Northern California that rarely saw any kind of storm.
We made it through and finally made our way into Arkansas. I was so excited. It was so green and beautiful. And the Ozarks just blew my mind. We made it and unpacked into our rental house.
After that, all kind of things went wrong with the van. I lost a tire, it blew. A few weeks later my radiator blew. And a bunch of other things. Over the next three years, it was something every year. The radiator blew twice in less than 2 years. Then the shifter broke again a few months back. I’m pretty sure I put more money into that van than it was worth.
So I had enough. The other day I made the decision that we were upgrading to a brand new car. And this next car will be the one we drive for the next 10 years.
so last night, we traded in our van and bought a brand new 2019 Kia Sorento.
Its a beautiful car. It’s all decked out and even had third row seating. I love it.
Now I will no longer carry the stress of this van around. I was always worried daily about it breaking down. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Now I have piece of mind. I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels.