The Chevrolet HHR has been a great vehicle for me. I really have to toot its horn a bit, and say that it handled everything I threw at it without question. However, to be honest, it was a wee bit small for my needs. Sure, it could fit two Doberman-sized crates, but that left very little room for other luggage. We'd been casually looking at other vehicles, but hadn't planned on getting rid of the HHR for another year or so.
But then my friend Aryn's car ended up needing repairs... the kind that cost more than the car's actual worth. And so starts the story of the weirdest impulse purchase I've ever made.
Yesterday, while I was toiling away at my job, Aryn instant-messaged me a link to a little European station wagon for sale up in Ames. She thought it was very pretty. I agreed that it was indeed very pretty. I took a break from my work to peruse the dealership's other used inventory, and my eyes about popped out of their sockets when I saw a listing for a vehicle I'd wanted since high school - a Honda Element.
It didn't have super high mileage for a 2007 model, it was in great condition, it had four wheel drive, and the price was excellent... and it wasn't white. I refuse to buy white cars. I messaged Aryn back, to see if maybe she wanted to drive up to Ames together, so we could look at both vehicles. Aryn thought that was a fabulous idea, so we made it so.
In the end, it just made sense. The dealership gave me a great trade-in for the HHR... like insanely good. Apparently four days before the end of the year is a great time to buy a car, because they all want to get those last-minute sales on the books for year-end. I ended up walking away with a a slightly older yet much more reliable and appropriate vehicle for my needs. That, and unlimited free oil changes. Seriously, I'm way too excited about those oil changes.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to take photos of a car... at night... during a snowstorm? Blah! Anyway, meet Zephyr. Yes, I'm one of those nerds who names vehicles.