Post # 1
The beloved car post. I would love an opinion from all you mom’s about car needs!
We currently own a Toyota Rav4 and an Infiniti G35 coupe. We love both cars, but we are also expecting. It seems that it may be time to trade in the G35 for something with four doors. We already have the SUV, so it doesn’t seem that we need another one. Or do we?
Thing is, I don’t want to pay a butt load for a sedan! The Infiniti has about 5k left on the loan, it’s worth about 11k trade in. When we are this close to being clear on this vehicle I’m not really willing to finance another 15k for something fancy and new (or more depending on the car). I’d be willing to finance maybe 7k or something, plus the 6k downpayment from the trade in.
I guess my question is, do we really even need to do this? Should we keep the infiniti and just suck it up and have the Rav be the “baby car”?
Getting a different car MIGHT save us money in the short term, as the Infiniti requires premium gas, get’s sports car like gas mileage and costs more to insure since it’s a “sports car”.
Also, any recommendation’s on reasonably priced nice looking sedan’s that fit a car seat well? So far on my list are used Altima’s, and Fusions.
Post # 3
@MsJ2theZ: we both have sedans but we ALWAYS take my car. It’s just easier because I like my car better and Dear Daughter likes her seat in my car better. We’ve literally taken SOs car a handful of times in the past year and a half. I say just keep the coupe and save up when you don’t have a car loan
Post # 4
My son (11 months) has never ridden in DH’s car. He has a seat in there for emergencies (hand-me-down from a friend), but any time Darling Husband has needed to take him somewhere without me, we switch cars. Otherwise, we all take my Rav4. I don’t think you’d need to trade the sports car in.
Post # 5
@Jess1483: Rav4 FTW! Love them!
Post # 6
My Darling Husband has a Subaru BRZ (That he claims can fit a baby seat… uh huh) and he is keeping it. I figure if he really needs to fit a baby seat in there I guess he could in an emergency. Otherwise we will always use my Subaru Legacy to get around. We can’t switch cars because I can’t drive the BRZ (Manual). We discussed getting a forester instead, but there is really no need for that right now. Plus, he needs to have a toy 🙂
Post # 7
At the moment my assumption is I will drop baby off at daycare in the morning and he will pick up after work. If one of us was staying home it wouldn’t matter as Much. Although i suppose a few minutes in the Infiniti every day isn’t a big deal.
@MrsMath: my husband THINKS he needs a toy, but fact is the guy drives like a granny!
Post # 8
I have a huge full-sized sedan and Darling Husband has a teeny tiny little Ford Fiesta. We’re going to keep our cars as-is. He thinks a car seat will fit in his, but we’ll probably just end up driving my car most of the time. The mpg is just so damn good in his car, we love it for taking trips just the two of us.