Our new-to-us minivan arrived today – and my wife and kids love it! It’s a little smaller than our older van, but it has built in booster seats for my kids and it has Sirius satellite. My wife says it drives more like a car than a van – and we love the bright red color. I must admit, I was
a little very nervous about buying an automobile “sight unseen” – but it looks like everything worked out just fine. I drove it to my local mechanic – he looked it over and gave it the thumbs up. The tires are new, the upholstery is clean and paint job is scratch-free.
The guy who delivered the van works for several automobile dealers and delivers cars and trucks all around the country. He brought some paperwork with him – I signed the papers, gave him a check, signed the back of the title from my old van – and he was on his way. (I took the tag off of my old van before he left, and I’ll transfer the tag once I receive the title from the dealership. They’ll mail it once the check clears.) I called my insurance agent – and the he is out of town. So, I called the main telephone number and they told me that I have 30 days to add the van to our policy. Of course, I’m not going to wait that long – but this is good information to have.
I will confess, I didn’t “like” handing him that check – but I just bought an automobile for cash! If you would have told me three years ago that I could purchase an automobile that my wife liked, with low mileage and a good safety record – for cash – I would have fallen on the floor laughing. If you are new to my site, or new to personal finance in general, let me assure you, “it” can be done. I am an average dude who makes an average salary – but three years ago the “light came on” and I decided to change my life. It’s been a long time since I attempted to be “motivational” on this blog, so I’ll just put it like this – Being debt-free and paying cash for an automobile – Totally Rocks!
(I’ll now through in a “I’m a dork” for old school readers.)