Saturday, January 19, 2008


R.I.P. Jesse's Car

Well, the day we all knew was coming finally arrived yesterday. Apparently, while he was driving down the highway, his car decided that it was going to die. It totally stopped working and he had to have it towed to our house. We knew that we would be shopping for a new car in the next couple of months, but we were definitly hoping to wait at least until we got our tax refund. Last night, we came home and did some research on the internet to look at cars/minivans that we were interested in. We found several at local dealerships (within 5 miles of our house) and decided that we would go look at them today. Unbeknownst to us, the websites for these two large car dealerships were not accurate. Jesse called it the "bait and switch" because once we arrived, the sales people conveniently knew NOTHING about what was on their website. After about 2 hours of dealing with complete moron sales people, we went to Carmax in Hoover. We had seen several vans that we were interested in and magically, their website was accurate. They were completely organized and when we decided on the van, options, price, payment, etc that we wanted, all it took was a few clicks on the computer and it was ordered! The salesman was knowledgeable and did not pressure us at all. He actually encouraged us to look around at all the options before making a decision. We ended up choosing a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan that is fully loaded (minus the leather) and it should be here from Nashville by Wednesday! We got a great deal and I am looking forward to going in and signing the paperwork so we can bring it home. As long as it it is ok when it gets to Hoover from Nashville-it will be ours!!! We are really excited and hope to get some good use our of this car! Look at all the features it has:

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 4D Pass Ext Van
All Grand Caravan Models typically include the following standard features:*
•Drivetrain, FWD
•Speed Control
•Fuel Tank, 20.0 Gal Cap
•Battery, 500-cca
•Braking System, Anti-Lock
•Moldings, Body Side
•Lights, Cargo Comp't, Liftgate & Reading
•Cup Holders, F&R
•Power Outlets, F&R
•Floor Mats, F&R
•Console, Floor w/Storage
•Stabilizer Bar, Front
•Wiper/Washer, Intermittent Rear Window
•Spare Tire, Limited Use
•Steering, Power
•Brakes, Power F&R Disc
•Defroster, Rear Window
•Steering Wheel, Tilt
•W/S Wipers, Variable Intermittent
•Restraint System, Dual Front Air Bag
•Seat Trim, Cloth
•Cargo Nets, (3)
•Garage Door Opener
•Steering Wheel Touch Controls
•Traction Control
•Alternator, 160-Amp
•Axle Ratio, 3.43
•Towing Cap, 3800-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)
•Wheels, Aluminum
•Headlamp Control, Automatic-Off
•Mirrors, Dual Heated Power & Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity
•Doors, Dual Power Sliding
•Fog Lights, Front
•Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped
•Console, Overhead
•Light, Overhead Ashtray/Cup Holder
•Windows, Power
•Door Locks, Power
•Seat Adjuster, Power Driver's
•Trip Computer
•Seating, 7-Passenger, (4) Bucket & (1) 3-Passenger Split Fol
•Air Conditioning, Tri-Zone Manual
•Transmission, 4 Speed Automatic
•Quick Order Pkg
•Seating, 7-Passenger
•Tires, P215/65R16 LBL
•Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/CD & Cassette
•Roof Rails w/Crossbars
•Entry System, Illuminated Keyless Remote Control
•Engine: V6, 3.8 Liter
•Glass, Sunscreen
•Seats, (1) 3-Passenger Split Folding Rear Bench
•Seats, (4) Bucket


Anonymous said...

Shut your mouth... you have been giving ME grief about getting a new car and now YOU are getting one first! Enjoy the Family Truckster!

Natalie Adkinson said...

Oh and we decided to get one from Birmingham, so it is actually Dark Blue...and it has a space in the driver's side door just perfect for a cell phone!