Friday, March 14, 2008

This is Getting Ridiculous


Jared and I sold another car. Our 1992 Toyota Camry wagon. I know what you're thinking. "Didn't they just buy that car?" The answer would be yes.

A little background for you. In the 4 1/2 years we have been married, we have owned a total of...drum roll please...SEVENTEEN CARS.
(This number does not include the Chinook camper we co-owned with Jared's oldest brother or the Ford Explorer we recently sold but never had our name put on the title.)

So, for those of you who don't already know this about Jared and I, let me do some explaining. When we first got married, we agreed we would only buy cars we could pay cash for. We didn't want a car payment. Our plan? Buy older cars from private owners who are motivated to sell. This plan not only gives Jared the opportunity to utilize his killer negotiating skills, but it also gets us a lot of good deals on cars. Then, we try to sell before we have to do any major repairs (which for older cars is usually within a year.) This buying and selling strategy, coupled with the fact that car shopping for deals is a hobby of Jared's and making a profit (of any kind) is a hobby of mine, has made us the proud owners of 17 cars in less than five years.

But really, seventeen cars? I know, I know. It is getting ridiculous and it's not something I am proud of. In fact it can be a little embarrassing at times. Hence the reason I felt I needed to do some explaining before anyone sees me driving a different car. So when you see me and think "Is that a new car? Didn't they just buy that other car?" You will already know the answer. Yes, we did just buy that other car and now I'm driving a different one. You will also know the reasoning behind it. Jared found a deal on Craigslist and Kim is greedy and wanted to make a profit. What can I say? It's just how we roll.

6 comments:

Bethany said...

I think this is so cool. I mean who wouldn't want to make a profit. And since your husband likes to tinker a little bit it serves a duel purpose.

Stacey and Brody Miller said...

FYI I think I am kinda obsessed with your blog. Whenever I get on here I just have to check it out. You are so entertaining. Way to be Kim!!

kim said...

Stacey...feel free to check away! I've always dreamed of being important enough to have a stalker...

And Bethany, thanks for the justification...that makes me feel a little better :)

Autumn said...

Wow, this sounds incredibly familiar. Are we married to brothers with similar traits? And do we both like to make an easy profit. Yes. I was just looking at a picture this past weekend of a time when we owned five cars...and trying to cram all five in the picture. I was thinking it would be a great post. I hope you don't think I'm copying you! I will definitely have to link this story since its strangely familiar.

But darn. I really liked the camry. This car and the Land Rover I was hoping you'd keep longer. But who am I to speak about keeping cars for any length of time? I'm going to put pix of ours-lets see yours!

Andy & Jessica said...

I love this about you guys!! You should be proud to have owed 17 cars with no monthly car payments. Have fun with your new car:-)

Thomas Family said...

Kim, i had no idea you guys were in the car-selling business! Now all you need is to get Jared to wear some plaid pants, talk with a raspy voice, and smell like cigar smoke, maybe call himself Pete, or some other classic car salesman name, and you guys will be set!
:) courtney