Family Car?

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Post # 16
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7625 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

sunflowers121 :  how often would you be towing? If it’s only a couple times a year it would probably be cheaper to just rent a truck when you need it. Owning cars is expensive even if you don’t have a loan on it. When we went down to one car we made the rule that if the person without the car needed a ride they could take a ride-share no questions asked, unlimited use. We still saved over $2k on our expenses that first year compared to owning a paid-off car. Even since I’ve done a couple weekend rentals, etc. and I do the math at the end of every year and we’ve always come out ahead by not owning a car we don’t need very often. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

love my oddessey. seriously, so much space.  we road trip frequently, mostly our family of 4 (2 kids still rear facing) and our dog joins us many times.  and sometimes with others in addition to our family.  our last big trip was 4 adults and 2 kids in carseats with 5 suitcases, a double stoller, a non folding wheelchair, a pack-n-play, a big cooler, and some other items.  and we still had room left over with everyone comfortable.

Post # 20
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

sunflowers121 :  Can you use his work truck to tow when you need to? Also I agree with PPs, just learn how to drive stick shift! No one just inherently knows- just like how you didn’t know how to ride a bike until you were taught. You’ll kill the car more times than you can count but you can learn and it will be good to know!

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

sunflowers121 :  Is the “fun” car that your husband is considering still something that will be family friendly or would your car be pretty much doing sole duty as the family car?

Post # 23
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6093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

sunflowers121 :  Obviously, your family is your business, but I’d be giving my husband all kinds of interesting looks and conversation if he was deliberately intending to purchase himself a car in the near future that wasn’t appropriate or usable for the reality of the family we have. It sounds like your husband is basically intending to purchase himself a bachelor car while you are actively discussing expanding your family. Meanwhile, you are looking for something just this side of a bus so you can safely haul all of the various beings that make up your family. That seems like a bit of a disconnect in priorities to me.

Post # 25
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3905 posts
Honey bee

I drove a Ford Expedition and GMC Denali back in the day. Both were good cars. I stopped at a crosswalk to let a family cross the street and had a guy crash into the back of my Yukon. He was in a little car and his front was all crumpled. My car had a scratch on the bumper. (There are signs all over the town saying let people use the crosswalk. When the police were called to the scene of the accident they told me not to stop for people in the crosswalk. WTF. This is part of the reason I have no use for the police – I made the mistake of driving while female. If I had hit the guy you can bet he wouldn’t have heard how he shouldn’t stop at a crosswalk)

I had a very large dog, two kids, and spent a lot of time driving my son and his friends and their hockey gear and sticks all over the place, in and out of state. They were good cars. When my son and daughter started driving we got them a jeep and i switched to the Range Rover Sport.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

TwilightRarity :  That stuck out to me too. It seems rather lopsided for one person to to do all the heavy lifting for family transportation while the other person gets to zoom around in a fun car (that their spouse can’t drive). What if the family vehicle is in the shop for repairs? Will the fun car be able to handle kids/carseats/dogs/groceries for a few days? What about a nice sporty 4-door sedan; maybe an Infinity or Acura or BMW or Lexus for him? Something with good power and handling, but also enough room for kids/carseats. With automatic transmission (not manual) so you can drive it too. Save the fun sports car for when the kids are out of carseats. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

sunflowers121 :  you could learn to drive a stick!! I swear, it takes time but it’s fun. I do not have kids but my fiancé and I also have 3 dogs, funny bc our dogs are 12lbs, 35lbs, and 75lbs, so similar to you!! I have a small Hyundai (never again will I own one) and I miss my old Toyota as well, I will be a Toyota girl all the way once I get my RAV4, at the moment I will not get anything bigger since I figure my 3 dogs and 1 baby (hopefully in the near future) will fit!

Post # 28
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273 posts
Helper bee

I have a Toyota Highlander hybrid which I love! I get almost 30mpg, spacious seating, there is a third row that I keep down most of the time and my two 80 pound dogs have more than enough space in the back, or if I have more people and no dogs, the back two seats pop up with enough space for two adults. It is spacious inside, but still a small SUV- a perfect mix! It also has a tow package. 

Also- I agree that the odyssey is extremely spacious and comfy 🙂 

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