Two weeks ago, I published a post about my clutter-free car…
I had written that post several days before it was published, and about one hour after I took the photos for that post, we got in a car accident… with that car.
We are extremely thankful that no one was badly injured — especially since we were going full-speed on the highway AND Nora was in the car! I probably got the “brunt” of the crash since it was on the passenger side. I had a bit of whiplash and some bruises/scrapes on my shins… but that was it.
Praise the Lord that Nora didn’t seem to be phased at all. She cried immediately due to the loud noise and quick stop… but was all smiles while we waited for the police and tow-truck to show up.
As with most accidents, and as any personal injury lawyer will tell you, it’s a long story…
Picture us going 70 down the highway (Dave rarely ever speeds anywhere!) when all of a sudden, one car ahead of us swerved to the left, the other swerved to the right, and we were left staring at a stopped car only a few hundred feet in front of us.
Dave slammed on the breaks and tried to swerve, but if we had changed lanes, we would have caused a bigger accident, and there was all sorts of construction debris on the shoulder… so we were stuck.
It was the first accident for both Dave and me, and I’d be OK if we didn’t have another one… ever!
Our insurance people looked at the car and said it was totaled… which meant we needed to start looking for another vehicle.
And while I was still so grateful that we were all OK, I was also so annoyed that I had one more thing on my to-do list. I was already feeling extremely busy with work and life… and NOW I had to start looking for another car! Not to mention we needed another car seat, we had to deal with all the insurance paperwork, and we had to get by with only one car for a couple of weeks.
Over spring break, Dave and I had talked about MAYBE trying to sell one of our vehicles this summer and looking for something a little bigger. He was pushing for a minivan… but I wasn’t quite ready to take that plunge; and neither one of us wanted a huge, gas-guzzling SUV.
We were looking at Chrysler Pacificas (and other similar vehicles) that have 3rd-row seating, more storage, sit a little higher, still get decent gas mileage, and offer more features than a car. However, after estimating the price we could get for our car and realizing how much more a Pacifica would be… we decided that we really didn’t NEED a bigger vehicle right now (especially since we’re still planning to renovate the kitchen this summer.)
Now, less than a month later, we were down one vehicle and we had a very generous check from our insurance company. So, we decided to look at Pacificas again to see if we could find a deal.
Of course, I scoured Craigslist immediately, but couldn’t find anything that had all the features we were looking for, low miles, AND in our price range (we didn’t want to spend more than our insurance check).
After almost 2 weeks of searching, I saw a Pacifica with all the bells and whistles (way more features than we even wanted), lower miles, in our price range, and literally within walking distance of our house.
I called the seller less than an hour after it was posted to see when I could look at it.
Yup, it was “the one”!
It’s black (I love black cars), it has 3rd-row seating, a moon roof, heated leather seats, power everything, tons of storage, 6-disk DVD player, brand new tires, low miles, all the paperwork, and much more.
Dave and I took it for a test-drive when he got home from school… and we wrote the check the next day!
We love our “new-to-us” car… especially since we were able to replace our Dodge Stratus with a fully loaded Pacifica and still had exactly $2.26 left after our insurance check 🙂
Talk about a fantastic (and basically FREE) upgrade!
And did I mention that I LOVE Craigslist?
Here are a few more pictures of our “new-to-us” car.
Yes, I had SO much fun cleaning and organizing our new car!
Dave and I are so grateful that both our families were able to help us out these past few weeks, that we had really good insurance, and that no one was hurt. Praise the Lord!