Monday, October 19, 2009

Dodge Caliber....I will always love you!

I've been looking for a bigger car for about 6 months now, but most of the ones I like (Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Chevy Traverse) are all out of my price range. I currently drive a 2007 Dodge Caliber and although I love the car, a little bit more room would be ideal. Something a little "heavier" to drive in these Michigan winters.

I refinanced my 2007 Dodge Caliber a couple months ago and found out that I am going to lose almost $5000 if I try to do a trade-in on it. The value of this particular car is so far below average for other cars the same year and size. It's been upsetting, but in the same breath, I love my Caliber so I wasn't too heart broken.

Well, I think for once the God's have answered my prayers because we received mail on Saturday informing us that there was a "bank sale" in my town with hundreds of vehicles that were bank-owned and they were ready to wheel and deal to get the cars off their hands. Along with the advertisement was a key that you could try to unlock a new 2010 Chevy Cobalt. The sale ended on Saturday at 6pm so about 5:30 we decided to head over and see if we held the winning key to the Cobalt. I mean a free car is a free car, no? Well, as you all figured...I did not win the new car, but instead I picked up this beauty.....

It's a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica with almost 10,000 less miles than my Caliber had. It is the exact size of vehicle I had been searching for and the color fit my taste just right. After some wheeling and dealing....I got this vehicle for the same monthly payment that I was paying for my Caliber and they even gave me almost full trade in on it so I didn't have to carry over a large amount to a new loan! Can you believe it....I NEVER have good luck, but I guess sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. The sale had ended and the bank was pretty much desperate to get one more car off the lot. I had them eating right out of my hand....I almost wish I would have played a little more hardball with them...hehehe

And for those of you who know me personally, you know I tend to get very attached to material objects, so I'm sure it doesn't surprise anyone that I spent a majority of Saturday evening crying over my Caliber that I missed so much. I was so emotional that my fiance was convinced that the only way to get me to stop crying would be to call the dealership first thing in the morning to see if we could get my Caliber back.

By this morning I was a little better.....until I saw my exact Caliber drive by me on my lunch hour! Again...the tears flowed. Do any of you have trouble letting go of things??? I guess maybe my problem is that I don't like "change". It makes me uncomfortable.

Let's just hope that this Pacifica grows on me as much as the Caliber did and I'll be able to put this all behind me. One day I hope to look back at my "Caliber withdrawal breakdown" and laugh about it.


RealRach said...

You come by it naturally, sis! I'm the same way. I cried when I saw my Ionia house a few weekends ago. I only lived there 3 years and yet I still felt attached. It was my FIRST HOUSE! So yay, I get it.

Shaw229 said...

Like you always say Amy Jo, "GET OVER IT"> LOL>>> Sorry I couldn't resist saying it just once. I like this car better. It has more room and I feel like you're safer in it. Michigan winters are awful. Look @ last year up here!!

Abbie said...

Man... for a second I thought you were going to say you got it for free!! Think of it as going to another loving owner. :)