You may remember from posts in May, of our drive from Merida, Yucatan, MX to Richmond, Virginia, USA.
It was quite the trip.
We made the trip in a 1999 Ford Taurus. We've owned this Taurus since 2001, and we drove it to Merida in 2006.
Here you can see it loaded for the trip. It's a good car.
We had already decided that once we got settled in a bit we'd sell the Taurus, it's a great around town kind of car, but no longer what we want for road trips. It really is a great car, rock solid and dependable, and in pretty darn good shape for a 17+ year old car. We just wanted more comforts and reliability for travelling.
We haven't sold the Taurus, yet, but we did go out today and buy a new (used) car.
You all know Tom, or at least know of him, so you know we didn't just run out. I told Tom what I was most interested in, and well, he grabbed that bone and didn't let go. Tom has been researching for weeks, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeks, and had us narrowed down to 2 potentials. One was nearly 100 miles away, and the other only about 60. We drove first to the farthest, then to the next, test driving, inspecting, and assessing.
Once we decided between the 2 we sat down with the salesman and got busy.
So this is what we decided on, a 2014 Toyota Prius 3. We really liked the color package of the one we didn't get, a pearly white exterior with soft grey interior. But the one we chose, even with about 11000 more miles just felt more solid and sound. We have a light grey or silver exterior, and a deep grey interior.
I'm very happy with the choice, and even though it can get frustrating I can't appreciate any more how much time and effort Tom puts in to his research and due diligence. He did a bang up job!
It's funny, we've never been ones to switch up cars, we tend to drive'em till they drop. We maintain them, and try to take care of them, and they have served us well. We only once bought an actual 'new' car. A 1976 Datsun 710 Wagon. That was a great car, we had it about 12 years, when I decided I needed something sporty.
ok, so this one had a short life span, I think I kept it 3 years. I guess it was my penis envy stage, not sure what I was trying to show off, but I guess I got it out if my system. It was great fun while I had it.
So those of you that have been concerned for us with the Taurus, relájate, calmate, respira.