Not too long ago, I wrote an article on readying your car for dog-friendly travel. I talked about installing a backseat barrier and using a hammock in the backseat. To be honest, it was actually readying Ryan’s car and not my own. With Sasha’s tendency to climb up on the center console and that one time she managed to pull up the fabric with her nails, I decided that she wouldn’t be riding in the Prius any longer. I didn’t want to put my upholstery through the Sasha cyclone.
Most of our outings with Sasha were in Ryan’s car – a 2004 Escape. Anytime we took a long trip or filled up at the pump in his car, I would cringe. The rising gas prices certainly did not help. Nearly $70 in gas for a complete fill-up was hurting the wallet.
After much discussion and opting for not cutting back on outings with Sasha, we decided to weigh our car options. For our lifestyle, we were best suited to have a commuter car [mine] and an SUV or similar for taking Sasha out. Ryan did a bunch of research online on what new/used cars were out there. I think he was leaning towards a used Hybrid SUV, but there weren’t a whole lot available in the area. While he was doing that, I admired the pretty new Prius options. My 2008 is operating fine for the most part, but it was fun to think about a new car.
Over the weekend, we decided to pay a visit to the local Costco-preferred Toyota dealer. Costco works with the car companies to come up with a Costco member discount on vehicles. It works best for those who don’t like to haggle [ME!]. The discount varies with the car model, and I think it’s a good way to get your hands on a car that is either extremely popular or one that you wouldn’t be able to negotiate a price on normally. I wanted to check out the new Prius C.
I didn’t pick up a new car that day, but on our way out, Ryan wanted to stop by the Ford dealer. More than three hours later [Did I mention how much I hate car shopping?], we left his 2004 Escape and took home a 2010 Escape Hybrid. Much of the haggling had to do with the fact that it was KIWI GREEN. It’s even more green than my car. See below:
We were seriously considering repainting it, but it really doesn’t look so bad now. On the lot, however, it was in the sun, and they had little flags and stickers all over it. Not attractive.
Ryan added “haggling for a car” to his belt, and now taking Sasha out won’t seem like such a stretch on the wallet, even with the extra car payments. He did a great job and got a steal of a deal – we didn’t leave until everything had been negotiated – purchase price, interest rate, payment period, trade-in value, etc.
Pro-tip: Bring a snack!
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network (TWIN) community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.