The Van is home.

Not our van, thank God! 

Friday they called to pick the van up. It was 5:30 pm. We had plans at 6pm at our friend\’s home. So we made a mad dash in Navy\’s truck, to pay and pick up the van, then to Navy\’s house to drop off the truck. Navy and Sara were home, at 6pm. Wow, it all worked out as if we planned it that way. We got to our friend\’s home at 6:25. 

The van runs great – the mechanic told my husband that he was impressed at how well taken care of the van was. That made my husband pleased. He does take really good care of the vehicle maintenance. Yesterday he took it in for an oil change. 

Not like my first husband who would run cars into the ground. I remember being 8 months pregnant and there was a solenoid problem with the battery and I had to start the car using a screwdriver under the hood. Each month it was harder and harder to reach under the hood with my growing belly. 

We were always breaking down. Stranded. Overheating. flat tires, blowouts, etc. 

When the husband and I married I told him, he had to promise me he would always keep the vehicles in good working order, and we would always have a newer vehicle – – till death do us part.  I was still paying on my car and he was still making payments on his when we married so we started off good. 

So within the next month, we will hopefully decide on a new vehicle and I think we have resigned ourselves to the fact that we may have to put the money we saved as a down payment. Car interest rates are low – KIA is offering 0% for up to 60 months.  It seems like the hybrid is the best way for us, to go. Plus there are tax incentives (that is another reason why it looks like we may finance it) We\’ll see once we get there and talk turkey. 

$1000. from our city electric as a credit

$ 4168. Tax credit for the purchase of a new plug-in electric drive motor vehicle. 

$833.  A point-of-sale reward available to all California residents who purchase or lease an eligible new Battery Electric (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) vehicle at participating retailers.

$1000-1500 for your old vehicle no matter what condition it is in. Which we won\’t take advantage of because we need our van for other heavier duty things the car won\’t be able to do. Another California incentive. 

8 thoughts on “The Van is home.

  1. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 1:55 pm

    Bet you're glad to have the van back! Hurray! I hope no more problems for y'all.KIA's are nice vehicles now. I think you'd be happy with that brand. That one that looks like a little box, the Cube (I think?) is kinda cute. Has more room in it than it first appears and it comes in pretty colors.Good luck!Blessings. xx

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  2. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 4:08 pm

    Having a dependable car is no longer a luxury at my age, but a necessity. I've always thought that I would want to get a new car when the tires needed changing. Is that wasteful? Like you I have done the old car thing, from starting a car every morning by pushing it to a hill and then popping the clutch, to getting out at a stop light to pull and blow out a clogged gas filter before the light changed. If i can afford it, I figure I've earned it.Enjoy your new car!

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  3. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 6:34 pm

    We've actually had 3 KIAS and we've been happy with them. My husband came into the marriage with a KIA Sofia – we bought a Sedona Van and we had a Kia Forte.

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  4. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    OH boy, I remember my ex doing that as well. With 2 kids in car seats in back! Not a way to please the wife. My dad was impeccable with his vehicles. So I wasn't used to this and it made me uncomfortable to say the least.

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  5. Anonymous May 23, 2021 / 9:40 pm

    Glad your hubby takes good care of the vehicle. Having an undependable car is so stressful! Now you have a plan, hope it all comes together!

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  6. Anonymous May 24, 2021 / 4:31 am

    My biggest fear in traveling is breaking down on the interstate! Done that and been there. So I’m so thankful that I have a newer car and AAA now! I like how you plan things out and figure out the pros and cons.❤️

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  7. Anonymous May 24, 2021 / 5:18 pm

    I've broke down on a bridge on the San Francisco Bay once – back when there were no cell phones. Not fun at all.

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  8. Anonymous May 24, 2021 / 10:37 pm

    I don't know how I feel about such cars

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