We have been tossing the idea of getting a car back and forth for a while now. Until Henry's arrival, we really didn't "need" one because we were able to get around pretty well using mass transportation and renting cars. Henry even came home from the hospital by car service (White Lincoln Continental, doesn't get a better than that.) Things did get more complicated since we moved because we don't have a reliable car rental place in our neighborhood, and we are now further from Penn Station where we would catch a train to Long Island.
On the plus side, garages are much cheaper in our new neighborhood (1/2 the price of the old, I won't even frighten you with actual numbers, you suburbanites would shudder at the cost. Just be happy you have a nice free driveway.) And, we are very close to major highways and bridges. As Les likes to point out, we practically live on the George Washington Bridge. I will pretend that he means that in a positive way :)
We went to a dealer yesterday just to see what is out there. There are brands that I have never even heard of. As a funny aside, Adam has NEVER owned a car in his life. He registered a boat before he ever registered a car. I find that pretty funny. We decided against a sedan because Henry has A LOT of crap that we need to schlepp around. Also, we won't be using the car on a regular basis, just for trips or shopping so we will always be carrying a lot of stuff.
He went back to the dealer today to test drive a car that we found online. He didn't like it, but found another that fit our criteria. In perfect NYC style, he test drove, purchased, registered and insured it in under an hour. He drove it home tonight. My sister said we acted like we were buying a loaf of bread.
I won't keep you in suspense any longer, we purchased a mini van. Not just any mini van, but the Father of all Mini Vans, the Dodge Caravan. In powder blue. Doesn't get any worse than that.
Since we don't drive it every day, we don't have any ego wrapped up in our car and think it is fun to own a minivan. As Adam's friend Ted said, he thinks we are the only people in the world who have willingly bought a minivan, and have not done so under any duress.
I will be sure to post some pictures of us in our hot new ride soon. The three of us took a test drive tonight to the Bronx to Target. We know all of the hot spots.