I guess it’s more Mars/Venus actions but if I’m in my car and I think I hear a weird noise, as soon as I get home, I tell Vince . . you need to take my car to the mechanic. I think I heard something. Vince, on the other hand, tries to convince himself, and the car, that there’s nothing wrong.
The other day we were out in Vince’s car and I kept hearing a noise. I was thinking .. he has to hear this and he’s going to say something because I hate to always be the one saying . . there’s something wrong with this car. It’s 21 years old and, in my opinion, it’s one thing to be frugal but when we can afford to do better, a 21 year old car is just not what I want to be driving around. We got to the roundabout and the noise was loud. Vince said “Was that my car?” I said “It’s either your car or, the same car has been behind us all day and it’s their car!” On the way home, he didn’t hear it again so . . to Vince . . it was fixed!
This morning we left to go to town. He had to pick up an Rx at the pharmacy, I had ordered an enlarged picture of Oscar and had to pick that up at Walmart, and I wanted to go to Sam’s Club. Almost as soon as we left home, I heard the noise. Vince looked at me like “Did you hear a noise?” but he didn’t say anything. I think my eyebrows were raised and I was thinking . . if this car leaves me stranded, someone is going to be in serious trouble! We got back to the roundabout and it was when we would slow down almost to a stop that it got really loud. Vince said “We may NOT be going to Sam’s Club!” Oh, I was getting frustrated. Why are we driving a car that will not get us where we’re going and back? Why can’t we drive the Highlander? Why can’t we buy a new car??
Then he decided it had to be the air conditioner (because a 21 year old motor couldn’t be making weird noises, right?) so he turned off the a/c. Ever try riding around in the car when it feels like 100 degrees and the sun is shining full blast and the gas fumes are pouring in the open windows? I still didn’t say anything but he knew I was not happy. To Vince’s credit, we didn’t hear the noise with the a/c off.
I have begged Vince through the years . . we don’t need to have ALL our vehicles being old. When the Highlander got to be 10 years old, I asked him . . get rid of the Honda, use the Highlander for our second vehicle and buy a new vehicle. That was 5 years ago. Didn’t happen.
So, we went to Sam’s, got what we needed, drove home with the windows down. We got everything put away and Vince said “Let’s talk!” I’m thinking . . great idea! He was ready to buy a car. I wanted to say “Let’s go right now and do it” because I knew, before the day was over, he’d change his mind.
Finding a new car is next to impossible. There are just no new cars out there. We first looked online at the Subaru Forester but they’re 4 cylinder and Vince wants 6 cylinders. And, there was only one at the local dealer and it had black interior. No way — especially after today with no a/c. Then Vince decided he would get a Honda Pilot. No Pilots at the local Honda dealer; a couple in Springfield that had been used at a PGA tournament so they’re considered “used” but they’re still $55K. No. I understand cars are expensive but no . . just no . . not paying $55K for a car that isn’t even considered new.
Then Vince asked about CRVs. No new CRVs either but they do have four coming but there are “special circumstances”. (1) You have to be “local”. Joplin to Springfield . . we’re not local and (2) you have to have a “sellable” trade in. Vince said “What does that mean?” and the lady said “a trade in that’s less than 5 years old. Well . . forget that!
We called dealer after dealer – no new cars. I understand there’s a shortage but also, we don’t need a new car bad enough to have to jump through all the hoops to get one. Vince took his car to the mechanic. It’s the compressor. New one should be in Monday. I laughed and said “Does that mean you’re keeping the Honda another 15 years?” Vince said “I doubt I’ll be driving in 15 years so . . maybe!”
I think I’m just going to stay at home til . . til when? Til there are new cars on the lots and you can go in and look at two or more and decide which one you want? Til dealers aren’t asking $3,000 to $5,000 more than the MSRP? I don’t know. This new “normal” . . I don’t like it!