A Minivan for me?

So… I haven’t posted much about it here, but on August 1, 2008 I was in a car accident. A lady ran a red light on the way into work and I T-Boned her. She flipped and rolled a good 50 or 60 yards, so she was going pretty fast. There was a witness who said she ran the red and the police cited her then and there.

Anyway, my Subaru Outback has over $12,000 in damage and it is still in the shop. My insurance is going to check it out today to see if they will total it or not. I’ve been waffling back and forth between wanting my Outback back, or wanting a new car… a minivan.

So I’ve been looking around for a better dog vehicle. Where I can have four dogs, maybe even all six, crated. And so far I like the Toyota Sienna best.

I had a 1990 Toyota pickup for 14 years and loved it. I like Toyotas. And Minivan… while I still would prefer a car, my lifestyle really warrants a Minivan over a car.

So the question is, do I want my Outback back, or do I want a Minivan? Can I afford a Minivan? And a car payment? Bleh… but now I have the new car bug. I hate getting the new car bug! Maybe I need some new eyeglasses in order to see straight and make a good decision!

9 thoughts on “A Minivan for me?”

  1. We bought a Sienna two years ago, moved up from a RAV4. I have two giant KennelAires strapped down in the back, and if I removed the middle seat row, I could have more crates.

    It’s easy to drive. I get about 20 mpg over lifetime so far. I use the AC a lot, and I’m in the city, so I would think 20 is about as bad as you would get.

    I love that the back windows roll down too. I bought those silver mesh shade thingies and a VentLock from Clean Run. The dogs are perfectly happy crating in the car at trials, and stay plenty cool. (I’m in the furnace part of California, too!)

    It’s a tough decision though, unless you are in a position to pay cash. Good luck!

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  2. There was a website somewhere (sorry I can’t remember the name) that rated cars for people who had dogs. Like which cars had cargo areas that you could easily put dog crates in, etc.

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  3. I had an accident a few years ago where a driver crossed the median and hit me head-on. Fortunately, aside from some bumps and bruises, only my car was totaled. After that, I wanted my next car to be a tank.

    I’m glad to learn that you’re safe and well.

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  4. I think you should go with the minivan. That would fit your lifestyle a lot better. But don’t get a new one. Get one that’s two years old or so. You will save thousands and there are pretty good deals on vehicles right now. I bet you can find something very reasonable. Good luck.

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  5. Oh my! Glad you weren’t hurt. Have to agree with Christy. If your car is damaged badly, might be safe to get a new one.

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