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Carquest: *** You have won ***

We have car! We went shopping on Wednesday night while my Mom and Dad took care of Dante. (I have the best parents EVAR, by the way.) A big group of dealerships here (GO, formerly John Elway) had a big event where they brought all their used car inventory to the Pepsi Center, so Laura and I headed over there to scope for used cars. Specifically: Honda or Toyota, under $12K, under 60K miles.

We bought one! It’s a 2001 Honda Civic. It actually has 66K miles on it, but we bought it for only $10,500! WOO! I am so excited about Laura having a new car. Her old one has been not-so-secretly driving me crazy for quite a while now. We had a 3-day grace period in which we could return the car for any reason, so we got it checked out by our mechanic during that time. The verdict: all is well! The car just needed new belts for $120, and now it’s ready to go! YEAH!

We were up LATE that night, because it took a really long time to close the deal. Not that there were problems or anything, it’s just that we asked our sales guy to pull a bunch of information (Carfax, safety ratings, interior space measurements compared to Laura’s old car), and then we had to wait in line a long time to get all the paperwork done once we pulled the trigger. Also, I had to drive back to my folks’ place in Aurora and pick up Dante, though when I got there they said they’d keep him and Mom would bring him up the next morning. Did I mention I have the best parents ever? I decided that night I would go into work late so that I could sleep in and enjoy the Dante-free house.

We brought Laura’s old 1992 Ford Escort in to trade on Friday, and the new era has begun!

Back view of Laura's car

Front view of Laura's car




Rilo Kiley in Denver, 9/11/07


  1. Woo! That’s excellent!

  2. Oh, sweet! That is a great used car. I had a 1997 Honda Civic 4-door that lasted 225,000 miles on its original automatic transmission. At 66k miles your new one is barely adolescent!

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