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I am Pilot of my Destiny

I missed a posting.  I bought a car instead.  I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I wasn’t thinking it would take three hours.  And now I am trying to block those three hours from my mind because otherwise I will realize that I probably didn’t get the deal I thought I got and then I will feel like a patsy.  And not in a good way like Patsy Cline was.

I bought a Honda Pilot.  It has a third row and 4 wheel drive which I need having a family in Montana.  I had an Odyssey, which is a great family car, but I got stuck and slid too many times to truly enjoy that driving experience.  And I get nervous once a car is over 100,000 miles.  I think that is because my parents’ hate it when their cars get over 50,000.  I think they unconsciously taught me that a car can spontaneously combust after 100,000.  If you like to play Russian roulette, keep driving.  Otherwise, it is time for a newer model.

This will be me this winter. That gives me a few months to figure out what is on top of the car.

I did my research.  I have been looking at cars for six months.  I test drove GMCs and Chevys and Toyotas.  I read about them online and studied Consumer Reports and I googled car dealerships in three states to get a good deal.  I ended up buying it in Utah.  A friend told me about the Costco auto buying plan and I found a dealer in Utah by my parents house.  There was another dealer three hours from Helena, but I thought I would visit family and make it a family experience.  Plus, the one in Utah had a great used pilot and so I went to investigate.

Well, by the time I did all this research and asked the price on the used Honda vs. a new one through Costco and then tried to figure out mileage and insurance, I had so many numbers going through my head that right now I have no idea how much my car actually cost.  I remember it was less than a new one and it has a DVD player in it and a navigation system – which is really important in Montana where most of the roads are not included.

I also may have gotten burned on a warranty.    When asked if I wanted the warranty, I said no.  Then he found out I was a member of Costco and took the price down by half.  Then he found out I was a member for over 5 years and took it down even more so now I bought it.  I know three times the charm and if you offer something three times, people are more likely to buy it, but I didn’t realize how much this applied to me.  Go ahead.  Offer me the Brooklyn Bridge three times and see what happens.

So I forked over a load of money for a used car and I was so happy and excited that I bought a great car with all the bells and whistles for my family.  But then I put my family in it and I wanted to scream.  They climbed over the seats and pushed the buttons and tried to figure out the DVD player and what can go in the hidden compartments and then my eight year old took the manual and started to read it and let me know that I don’t do all the things I’m supposed to and that if I don’t read the manual, we will all die because it gives a warning in the front that sort of says this.  I pretended to read it for five minutes.  I got really tired, but in Utah there are signs saying fatigued drivers need to get off the road so I pulled my brand-new exciting car into a rest area and realized that no matter how much you research and how fancy a car you get, driver seats are not beds.


  1. Andrea says:

    Dude. Its a sledding donut. I wanna go. 🙂 Good job on the car and if the warranty is all they ‘added’, then I think you did pretty good.

    1. Marianne says:

      I just hope it is a few months before we use a sledding donut again… And the warranty only works on Tuesdays, I think.

  2. Ironic Mom says:

    You are so funny. Love that last paragraph.

    We need a new car. Our second car is a 14-year-old hand-me-down station wagon from my father in law that is literally falling apart.

    Enjoy your sleep.

    1. Marianne says:

      Kevin’s dad got a new car when you could actually see the road under the brake peddle. Or maybe his mom…

  3. Cool car, I am pretty sure that is a sledding tube up top. good luck with that one.

    1. Marianne says:

      Maybe I will just settle for a sled and a real donut.

  4. Jackie says:

    I bought my Pilot a little over a year ago. I didn’t like it at first, but now it has grown on me. I love the roominess it has and since Utah has 10months of winter now it has worked out really well. Good luck with yours.

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