For the last couple of months, we have been casually looking for a used car for our daughter, who will be 16 this month. She will need a car to get her to and from school and work, but we didn’t what to spend a lot of money.
Over the last week, I’d found several cars on Craigslist that we eventually decided to see and test drive. Every one of them had been a disappointment except one car that had been owned by an elderly woman who hardly ever drove it. Our girl – who has routinely told us that she didn’t feel strongly about what kind of vehicle we chose for her and that whatever we thought was best, was good enough for her – expressed some disappointment that the car was…well, it was a big car and it looked like one might expect a car owned by a little old lady to look like.
Then I read the safety reviews and discovered that this otherwise perfect vehicle had some worryingly poor crash test results. I decided to do a search on safe vehicles for teens, and found a very useful list published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Recommended Used Vehicles for Teens. Game changer! Nothing we’d already seen was on the list! Unfortunately, there were very few vehicles that were within our budget, either.
But there were a few, and tonight my husband and I will picking up a low-mileage, 2-owner 2006 Saab 9-3 for our kiddo. Saab? I had no idea that they were considered so safe.
I’m writing this here because while I am a Master Procrastinator (pretty sure I have my certificate somewhere), I have focused almost exclusively on this exhaustive vehicle search.
Give me a to-do list with ONE item on it, and I am ON IT! As long as it’s not boring or routine.
So I am finally back. Whew. It’s been a long week!