When a SAHM shops Car August it will be 5 years, I'll be honest just thinking about it makes me a little tense. My car will then be 5 years old and the motor plan will end. I know when I say this I might sound a little "snotty" but in my defence, I drive thousands of kilometres alone with my four kids. Knowing that I have road side assistance makes me feel a little saver as well as the costs of towing a car for any amount of kilometres and then the dreadful bill to fix whatever part of the engine is gone.... doesn't matter what it is, it's mostly unaffordable. I am however looking forward to having no car payment. This is not a win win situation unless maybe if I extend my motor plan, which is something I'm totally considering this time around. It will cost us, but I think it might be worth it.
My wheels and I So back to me being a "snob." I will live in a 3 bedroom house, I will shop at PEP, I don't do facials, I'm not big on brand names, accept for Muppie Lounge of course but I won't live by these rules. I mean yes I like it but it doesn't bug me if I don't have it. Not in the least. I am however and let me just say this, always have been a car snob. Don't get me wrong, not towards other people. Purely for myself and my own enjoyment, I just love nice wheels. I think it through, I test drive, I plan and there's a couple of boxes I need to tick before I'll even consider a car. Some things have changed though over the years, like the size of my family and the conditions of our roads, so my boxes have changed a little, but it's still a huge decision for me and one I don't take up lightly. I decided to share my journey towards new wheels - or who know's maybe just an extended motor plan.
Option 1 - Extended Motor Plan Extended motor plan - this way we get to have no monthly car payment and I still feel safe. I don't get to drive a new car, but with the kids still little I am willing to wait so that I (the kids) can take better care of the next car. Kids mess and brake things and we see it when its way too late. It's not like I don't like my car, I do enjoy the space and the V6. My problem with my current car - the tires. They are low profiles and for those that haven't seen the roads down this side of the world, it's really bad! I go through tires like toilet paper.
Option 2 - Mini 5-Door Hatch S This is an option I've been looking at for a while now, and it might seem absolutely crazy to you but I've tested it and it works. A small car where the kids fit like sardines so they can't walk around in the car and have one big party while I drive. (It's not really that bad, I promise.) The small zippy sexy little beast that I've been eyeing for a long time now... the Mini 5-Door Hatch S.
the Mini website and build your own car. I do this to relax, I love it. The boot is big enough for 4 school bags or weekly groceries. We went to a Mini dealer in Cape Town last year to see if we will fit, and we do. (Without my husband) I think this is the best town car and what I love about this specific model, it has 4 doors so I won't have those issues. My first Mini was the Cooper S and only had 2 doors. Luckily that was before kids. My other concern with this option, the low profile tires, and this car might just fit into one of the pothole in our town.