The dilemmas of shopping for me can be boiled down into one dilemma, the parting of me and my money.
The new job I am taking is going to require some commuting.
My car is 12 years old and has 150k miles on it.
Oh, and my car, totally not going anywhere even in an inch of snow kinda car.
So I am going to need to buy a car (read: Jeep Wrangler with 4 wheel drive) before the end of the year or shortly there after, and that pains me.
- I haven’t bought a new car in 7 ½ years.
- I haven’t had a car payment in 4 years.
I was already taking a painfully slow approach to buying the motorcycle that I have so long coveted owning.
Now I am gonna be dragging feet on buying a Jeep too.
My friend and mechanic is not even talking to me anymore about motorcycles as he provided me with ample what about this one, or this one, or this one (for the love of God pick one!!!)???
Just kidding about the not talking to me part and he did graciously send me many, many options to consider, which I was still considering until taa daa I found the brand I want.
He’s actually the reason I’ve even made it this far in my search this time, this far as in, I really could get one and got approved for a loan and motorcycle insurance.
At my last oil change I asked him, do you know how to maintain a bike?
Well hello. Why yes he does.
I walked away a new woman, well really drove away a new woman, because my greatest fear had been resolved….I know someone who can help me keep the bike maintained.
And I finally have decided on the bike I want, which is not a Harley but a Buell (sports bikes created by ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, and they were sold at Harley Davidson until they parted ways @ 2009).
This is the bike I last learned on and it fits me perfectly, it is about half the weight of a Harley and is more agile and easier for me maneuver.
Oh, and they cost about half of what a used Harley costs.
Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!!!
Plus, right now, I find the sports bike a little bit hotter.
So, these are the things I am sitting on at present….
I’ll make a decision soon (as soon as I am able to stomach that yes in the real world cars really do cost a lot more money 7 ½ years later and I am going to have to have a car payment and give them my money monthly).
And NO, I will not be turning in my S2000.
Some people want really big and fancy houses, others want every latest and greatest gadget known to man, others want the best *insert anything here* money can buy, and some, like me, want a simple fleet of varying vehicles for the different driving experiences because it brings me such great joy.
Of course, I will be buying used as I always do and of course, it is going to take me a little while to act on this.
Cuz right now, I am seriously sick to my stomach and need to go drive my free to me car and let go of my shopping dilemmas.