Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gas Guzzling Woes :(

So we've been trying for the past few days to see if we can trade our gas guzzling SUV for a less of a gas hog minivan... and there is no relief in sight. We are too upside down on our loan... the trade-in value is at least $6,000 short of what we still owe. We would have to come up with a $4,200 down payment. Which we in no way have! Mostly due to the raising gas prices and all the travelling we've had to do in the past couple of months. We are quite in the hole at the moment.

I never dreamed I would be an SUV owner. I actually made fun of those soccer moms barrelling around in an SUV instead of a minivan.

Then we moved to northern Wisconsin. And really, if we wouldn't have had a vehicle with 4WD last winter - we wouldn't have made it anywhere. They just don't make minivans with 4WD. They may have AWD, but that's just not the same thing.

But boy do I kind of regret that decision now. I say "kind of" because I'm so noncommittal ;) Really, in browsing around at minivans, the features on my Explorer are pretty cool. I love the seat-warmers in the winter (or cold as hell spring that we just had). I love the control panel! It tells me exactly how many miles I can go before I reach E. It also will display current mpg (ugh!). And all sorts of other useful things (tire pressure...etc.) The minivan control panels we were looking at left much to be desired. They looked completely old school compared to the digital readout on my Explorer. And I think we were even looking at luxury model Chevy Uplanders and Pontiac Montanas.

Oh well. I guess we will just have to continue getting further in the hole with gas prices until our economic stimulus payment comes... then sadly it will all go towards catching up on bills!


Jenn said...

I hear you with the bills, we have the hospital one from having the baby and because I'm from Canada we have paid alot out in fees so we could get married and I could move here and now my card thingy runs out in sept and we just did the paper work to renew it last night and it's another 585 so that's around 5000 we have spent on this crap that we have to pay off.All the money we owe on the cc is for that stuff. The ants, when we moved to this house it was nov and I seen no bugs now though we have a billion ants every where outside and I have been seeing some in here and that's after I had a guy come spray and I do it all the time . I want to move ! I have an escape and I love it ,it has all the things you said your car has.

Sassy Pink Boutique said...

I just paid $70 bucks to fill up my X-Terra-it's an outrage I tell ya...and outrage!

Suzie said...

Oooh but isnt it worth it just to have a seat warmer. SOunds great nothing like a warn toosh

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Gas prices are sucking us ALL dry! It is crazy.

Anonymous said...

OK....I do love my seat warmer..and it did make me happy even during the spring, but it makes me want to cry to shell out (no pun intended) $80+ every time I fill up. I've taken to filling at half a tank so it is only $40 or so...somehow it makes me feel a little better.

Anonymous said...

I hear you on this - although we have the slightly more efficiant minivan. We have an Odyssey and I do love it. We traded up from a CRV. Although I wish I could just change to a small car that has awesome gas milage but we just don't fit. Ah well.

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