The following post is sponsored by Cars.com.
I still have my first car. I keep threatening to get a new one, but here we are (16+ years later) and I can’t seem to bring myself to get rid it. It’s not just a car we’re talking about here, you guys. This was the first big purchase that we made as a new family. At a time when so much was up in the air and nothing felt like ours, buying our first car was a really big deal. Independence! Taking charge! Pretending we were grown-ups as we saved for our down payment and acted like we knew what we were doing! (Spoiler alert: we didn’t. But thank goodness we bumbled through the process like we were professional bumblers!)
We were so excited. Scared out of our minds, I’m sure. But I remember feeling so proud and excited and really feeling like we were doing something right. We had this nice car! This nice, safe car that would be perfect for the three of us. Safe! A smooth ride with plenty of space. (Even today, I’m amazed at the trunk space. I can’t believe I can fit so much sporting gear PLUS coolers and chairs and not even blink an eye.)
This car had been so good to us. It really has. Even after the summer that I was rear-ended (twice!) and the semi-truck tried to drive over the right side of the car, the car is still in pretty good shape. (Yes, that really happened all in one summer.) And for years we’ve had the plan that we would gift it to our teenager when it came time for her to drive.
She has Mercedes dreams. But Camry realities.
As we make plans for our next car purchase, it’s been a little fun to think about what kind of car we’ll get. I’ve taken to perusing Cars.com for car shopping ideas and I love how drama free they are. I mean, I’ve had the same car for the past 16 years, two kids, a few different homes and a zillion soccer and softball games. It would be so nice to keep it simple. After all, that’s a lot of memories for one car that I’m having a hard time letting go of. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me so long to figure out what my next car will be. (I’m still not sure.)
What would make it even more fun is the idea that my (eventual) car loan could be paid off. Like, not writing a check each month and still owning the car. THAT kind of paid off, my friends. Cars.com is going to make that happen for a lucky winner in their #newcarface contest up to $25,000. RAD.
To enter the #newcarface contest, submit a picture with your BEST new car face (and your new car) in your favorite way:
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Remember, you must include a picture of your new car face AND your new car to be qualified while following the instructions above. Participants can submit ONE picture during the promotional period. Please do not include any personal information in your pictures (like your license plate) and a “new car” is considered a new or used car bought or leased on or after 1/1/2012. The contest is open legal US residents (excluding MD, NJ and TN), 18+ who hold (or whose immediate family member holds) a qualifying vehicle loan or lease. Begins 7/29/14 at 8:00:00 am CST and ends 1/2/15 at 12:00:00 pm CST. Prize value up to $25k. Subject to the Official Rules. See Official Rules for full details, including eligibility criteria and qualifying vehicle restrictions. Sponsor: Cars.com, a division of Classified Ventures, LLC. Please visit Cars.com for more examples and contest details.
Have fun with your #newcarface posts!! If you’re like us, you’ll get an orange blur in the background who has epic new car face as well. Funny thing is, neither of them will be driving MY new car. But I’ll break that to them later.