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On Father’s Day we all went to see Disney Pixar Cars 3 –what a great motivational movie! When we left the theater my husband shared how motivated he was to get back on the road with his bike. I think the new character Cruz Ramirez may have had something to do with that. She was everything you would want in a friend – her enthusiasm is infectious and she was super encouraging to Lightening McQueen when he was what I would call depressed. Hubby hasn’t been on his bike at all this year and his new found motivation got me thinking about cars and my cars and what not. Mater reminds me of my car, no not because he’s old and Rusty, but because he’s a reliable friend. I’ve had some good times with my cars back in the day…
In high school I got my first car, it was the smallest car ever, a white Dodge Neon. I thought I was so cute in my tiny car and as a sophomore in high school I drove that car all over my town. I couldn’t stay home. I didn’t know anything about car maintenance and I drove that car to the ground and during my first semester in college my Neon took its last breath. Where was Luigi and Guido when I needed them? (Cars inside joke!). I went on autotrader.com in search of a car that I could afford on a college student budget. I found another tiny car, a gold Nissan Sentra in the neighboring town. It was affordable, had decent mileage and it was in really good condition. I took much better care of this car and passed it down to my mom after my college graduation because my dad got me a Ford Explorer as a gift.
Question: What was the first car you ever had?
When you go from a Neon and Sentra to Ford Explorer you feel like the queen of the road. Something about sitting above everyone the road makes you feel powerful. I found my next car on autrotrader.com, a Nissan Murano that I had for many years until we went from a family of three to a family of four. Suddenly my big car didn’t feel so big. When family came over they would have to squeeze in the middle of a newborn car seat with the base and a rear face toddler car seat. Talk about tight. There was only one thing to do-get a larger car.
My husband asked me the craziest question ever, “Do you want to get a mini van?”
Oh No, This Mom Does Not Do Minivans! What do I look like driving a mini van?
For families with larger hauling needs, passenger space is paramount. But there was no way I’d be hauling a minivan around. While the practicality of minivans is indisputable, when I checked autotrader.com I quickly learned they aren’t your only option for transporting a big family and relatives and friends. In fact, there are many great alternatives that provide more capability, personality and style.
Using the autotrader.com advanced search filters I immediately selected a vehicle with a 3rd row. This immediately narrowed my search down to ONLY the cars that would give me the space for family, friends, and cargo when needed. We decided on a Toyota Highlander which totally fits my personality, lifestyle and style. It’s comfortable, has a great modern look, it’s reliable and it has so much space! Our car has been a part of the family for a year now and my kids love it. It’s been there for us on our many adventures to the beach and water parks, road trips out of state, carpooling to extracurricular activities, and when we have friends and family along we have 3 seats for them!