Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy One Month Anniversary To Us!

Today we are celebrating being full time RV'ers for a month! YAY!!! And what better way to celebrate than by getting a new (to us) car! YUP. Since selling both of our cars back in Tucson over six weeks ago, we've been either car-less or borrowing from awesome friends & family. It has been our goal all along to replace our cars with something that is flat towable; meaning that it is able to be towed by a tow bar with all four wheels on the ground, which is much less of a pain than towing a car on a tow dolly. There are a limited number of models & years which work for this without doing modifications to the vehicle. And we limited ourselves further by wanting automatic transmission instead of a manual. And then of course there comes the difficulty of getting the right combination of age, mileage, condition, reliability and price. OY!

Frustration was beginning to get the best of us. We've spent a ridiculous amount of time hunting and hunting. Most prospects have been located at the very least half an hour away from us, with most being at least an hour away. You can only do just so much driving around in someone else's car for what might end up being a complete waste of time.

We found three different cars we were interested in all at the same dealer, so we made plans to go there the next morning. Got up, checked the website and don't ya know they were all no longer listed! Change of plans I guess, right? Did some more hunting around and found two possible cars located not too far away at another dealer. Not cars we had really even been considering though. But....may as well go and see how they looked. They were both Honda CR-V's. Fabulous cars but because they hold their value so well we hadn't really thought we'd be able to swing one. But still. May as well go have a look. And at the same time we had made arrangements to go the next day to see a car that was about 2 1/2 hours away from us! The only reason we were willing to go so far is that this car came completely tow ready with ALL the equipment included. That's the holy grail folks.

So we go to the dealer with the Hondas. First one we looked at was the last one we looked at. It was love at first sight. And to seal the deal.....without us having any prior knowledge of this, we discovered that it already had the base plate and tow bracket on it!!! This baby had been a tow vehicle already. Bliss!!!!! We  took it for a spin and the love increased. This car was meant for us.

After the requisite wheeling and dealing we got where we wanted it to be and left there the proud owners of a 2004 Honda CR-V with 113,00 miles. According to the Carfax it's only had one owner, no accidents and has been extremely well taken care of. Once we got home with it we looked up owner reviews and found that not only is this a very much loved vehicle, it's been known to last up to 300,000 miles. We are just so very excited to have found her. Needless to say, we cancelled our meeting for the next day. Thank goodness!

Prettiness!

We now have Florida plates! ... I feel like I'm cheating on Arizona though

12 comments:

  1. Ironic that we bought it at Love Honda!

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  2. Congrats on your first month anniversary AND your cool new car! I'm on my second Honda and love it.

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    1. Ann- Glad to hear the Honda love. :)

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  3. You won't regret buying the Honda CRV. I just sold my 2003 CRV. Bought it new late 2002. Love that car for sure.

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    1. Sassy- Even more Honda love? Awesome!

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  4. Congrats on the CRV, wish you many good miles.

    I just read about both your tires blowing and I was wondering why they both blew at the same time.

    Two tires on the same side going bad at the same time is rather unusual, are you able to check the tire pressures yourself?

    It looks like the tire guy put both new tires on the same side. If all your other tires are perfect that is not an issue, I just prefer to put the 2 best tires on the front wheels and the next 2 best tires as the outside tires on the rear duals.

    My thinking is that I would rather have the oldest tires on the inside of the rear duals in case of failure but it looks like Karin (also my sisters name) is a skilled RV driver.

    Have fun in your new adventures.

    Carl
    OffRoadCruiser on the net

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    1. Carl- Just guessing that the first one blowing is what took out the one right next to it. As for why the tire guy didn't move the tires around, assuming it's because the road conditions were less than ideal. It was pitch black out there and very late. We had already been on the side of the road for five hours. Think we all just wanted the fix done and over with! Since we knew we'd be parked for an extended time once we hit FL we knew it wouldn't be an issue for some time.

      We don't hear of very many Karin's spelled that way. Very cool! :)

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  5. How nice you found a toad all set up. We just sold a CRv a few months ago and we really loved it.

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  6. I have a 2000 Honda CRV with 136K miles on it. Aside from a couple of new batteries, it has never skipped a beat. I love my car, and tell her that every time I turn the key! I have consequently converted other family members as well.

    I hope your new CRV brings you as much good fortune as I have had!

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