Post # 1
DH and I aren’t TTC yet (we will be TTC in 3 years), but in about a year we will be purchasing a new car for him. Currently he drives a 2008 Honda Odyssey with 85,000 miles, and I drive a 2009 Toyota Yaris with 35,000 miles, they are both worth about the same amount. We are struggling to decide which car we will trade in. We will be purchasing a Subaru for him, so I will be driving whichever car we do not trade in. We won’t be getting a new car for me for about 5-6 years.
I really, really, REALLY love my Yaris. I am so attached, it is part of me! But, I don’t know how realisitic the Yaris will be with a car seat. I don’t mind the Honda, but it seems pointless for me to drive around the giant gas guzzler (the Yaris gets double the MPG of the Honda!) for three childless years for no reason. I would probably only be driving the Yaris for about two years with our future baby.
So, Bees, what would you do? Do any of you have experience with kids in small cars?
Post # 3
Would any voters care to share why you voted the way you did?
Post # 4
@NY152: I did not vote. I think both of those cars would work with a carseat and unless there is something wrong with them, I would just keep what you all are already driving. Why is your husband getting the subaru? Are both paid off? I definitely would not saddle myself with either a new or larger car payment when my expenses would be increasing for a child. Maybe if you provide a little more context you will get more advice.
Post # 5
I voted to trade in the Honda because I am almost positive your Toyota gets better gas mileage.
Post # 6
I’d keep the Yaris. It’s newer, lower miles than the Odyssey, and will be much cheaper to run and maintain. A coworker of mine had a carseat in their Yaris after they had their first child, and it worked out okay.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@NY152: 3 years is a long time to drive the Yaris and replace it with another bigger vehicle if you end up needing one. At this point four seats are plenty and even if you get pregnant right away, so long as you don’t have twins/triplets you won’t grow out of the Yaris or the Subaru for at least the next 5 years.
Post # 8
I understand you have a plan in place but you never know what life will hold. Over the next 3 years your going to add miles to each car along with probably needing repairs, I think the Yaris will cost you less to hold onto and put you in a better position should it be necessary to move up your car buying. Also – I’ve seen car seats fit in a Yaris and it’s completely likely that you would travel together in the subaru once there was a baby in the picture, so it’s not like you’d be trying to cram a bunch of people and a baby in your tiny yaris for a cross country road trip.
Post # 9
Slightly off topic–but I have a Toyota Yaris that I LOVE too!!! Mine’s 2010, though. I voted to keep the Yaris because I think that there is room enough for a carseat in the car and the operating costs (not to mention the mileage) are so much lower.
Post # 10
Keep the one that’s newer, gets better mileage, and you like more. I know it’s easy to fall into the “what if” trap, but plan for your life NOW. You aren’t pregnant, you don’t have kids – and you don’t plan to even try for 3 years. That’s almost 4 years until you need to (MAYBE) put a babyseat in the back of a car. If the Yaris is that much of a pain in the ass, you’ll take his Subie or trade in the Yaris when the time comes.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your input!!! I am glad most of you seem to be leaning towards keeping the Yaris, because that is the way I am leaning too. I love it, it has low miles for its year, and it gets 37 mpg in the city. Who wouldn’t love it??
@hotpinkbride: Both cars are paid off, and we will be purchasing the Subaru in cash for what is not covered by the trade in. Honestly, we are getting DH a new car because he hates driving the minivan and works very hard and deserves a car he likes!
If some of you are wondering how we wound up with the minivan, DH had bad luck with cars for years, needed a reliable vehicle, and my parents sold him the minivan for a great price.
Post # 12
@NY152: Got it, makes sense to me then!
Post # 13
@NY152: Completely immature I’m sure, but I voted to trade-in the minivan simply because I hate minivans
Post # 14
@GardenRose: Ha ha! I don’t mind minivans, but I definitely prefer my car.
Post # 15
@GardenRose: LOL same. I read the OP and thought, “Why in the hell does someone who doesn’t have kids drive a minivan?”
Anyway, trade in the van. I have a Subaru and I love it.
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Trade in the gas guzzler and keep the car you love. Enjoy it while you still can!
Plus, you’ll save money which is very important. And you never know exactly when you’ll get pregnant. Maybe it’ll take you longer to conceive than you plan, or maybe you’ll get pregnant on accident sooner than 3 years. You never know, so I’d keep the better MPG and the car that you love.
This coming from a Smart car owner who wants to start TTC in less than a year. I’m gonna’ hate giving up my car! 🙁