I hope you don't mind my continual updates, but your replies, thoughts, and comments have been really helpful.
Today's update . . . Learned Something New . . . it is extremely important to test drive a car before buying.
Today I found out that we were looking at the wrong model of vehicle.
The DDs have only ever driven their "boat" or mine, both being Grand Marquis. Big cars.
Skip to LONG STORY SHORT unless you want to read the long story
They test drove a 2-door Honda Accord, and 2 4-door Toyota Corollas. I would have paid cash and walked out the door with one of the Corollas, but, then again, I didn't drive it. I'm not sure I
would be happy in one of those cars. It sounded like a good deal to me.
I pulled the DDs away from the salesman to have a private chat.
DD#1: That last car was okay. I'd be fine with it.
DD#2: I don't like small cars. They scare me.
DD#1: Yeah. I just keep thinking about getting into that accident with a smaller car.
Me: It's a good car at a good price.
DD#1: I guess I could get used to it, but it just wasn't comfortable to me.
Me: Comfortable as in not big and roomy?
DD#1: No! It's not that, I guess it's a mental thing.
DD#2: Oh! I know what you mean! I do not feel safe in BFbob's car.
Blah, blah, blah . . .
Okay, maybe it's sounding like I raised a couple of SSy car snobs with the big luxury car, but I do believe they have a valid point . . . you do need to feel safe and comfortable in whatever car you drive.
Sooooo . . . we went back into the dealership and DD#1 asked the dealer if he had anything in our price range that was larger in size.
He brought out a 2006 VW Touareg with 146K miles, fully (and I mean fully
!) loaded with all the accoutrements, I could list everything, but that would make this post waaay to long.
DDs eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. We took it out for a test drive. I could easily tell that the DDs were much more comfortable driving this sized vehicle rather than the Corolla. They settled in and smiled while they were driving.
I don't think it was so much the extras that made them happy, it was the size of the vehicle that gave them comfort.
In the back of my mind I kept thinking all of these extras means so many more things that can go wrong. I wondered about the reliability of VWs (not having done any research on that type of car.) I even asked the dealer about repair costs. He admitted that repair costs would be higher since it's a specialty type of car. blah, blah, blah
I was seriously thinking about making an offer, but I called my mechanic first. He said that he won't even look at a VW. It's not allowed in his shop.
LONG STORY SHORT:
So, since we found out what type/model of car they would feel comfortable in, we are now looking at Toyota RAV4 or similar smaller SUV type cars.
I wish I knew this before we did all of our previous research.
Any suggestions on smaller SUV-type cars?
Again, thanks for listening to my long-winded tale of woe.