Well....I finally broke down and did it. I bought a "family" car.

It just got to be too difficult putting the car seat in the back of my convertible on my days off.

It all started a few weeks ago. I found a listing on the company bulletin board for a 1998 Honda Passport that someone was selling for a decent price. I figured that I'd take a look at it to see if it would work for what we wanted. Cathy and I have been talking about getting a new car for a while to replace the BMW, but we hadn't really decided to get serious about shopping for a car yet.

I called the bank to see if I could get financing for the rough amount that they wanted for the Passport and was approved. So we took a look at the Passport and it was quite nice. I made an offer to the guy and it ended up falling through. C'est la vie. I was annoyed at the whole situation at first because the guy kind of screwed me over on the deal, but oh well.

I started surfing around on the web to see what we could afford and what kind of vehicle to get. Found some startlingly mediocre reviews of the Honda Passport/ Isuzu Rodeo on Consumer Reports so decided to steer away from that particular brand. Noticed that the Honda CR-V's got great reviews from both Consumer Reports and owners. So we decided to pursue that when we got our tax return back.

Cathy was home from work one day this past week due to a dentist appointment. Later that day we were driving across town to go to Walmart and run some errands. I saw this green CR-V sitting out at a local business. We stopped to look at it and I decided to test drive it.

Good car, great shape, only minor cosmetic imperfections with it, and best of all, my mechanic said that there was nothing that he could see that would stop him from buying it. Off to the bank we went. 3 hours later, we are the proud owners of a 1999 Honda CR-V. Hopefully, our taxes will come back soon so we don't have 3 car payments!


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