Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shiny New Stuff!

On an unrelated note, happy 100th post!

This weekend, Sarah and I had a first in our relationship/marriage.  We bought a car!  On Friday, we were walking around town, as usual, and we noticed a car for sale that looked nice.  It was a Volvo S60, which is their mid sized sedan.  We took a look at it, and even though we were not really looking for a new car, the price was good, and it appeared to be in good shape, so we took the phone numbers down and gave them a call the next day.  We had been talking about a new car for later in the year, but had not given it much thought besides that.

We talked to the owners on the phone the next day, and they gave some more detailed information about the car and its history.  It sounded good, so we looked up the Carfax on it to see if it had anything else we should know about.  The carfax report came out clean.  Actually, they have always taken it to the dealer for service, so it had an entire maintenance history on there, which matched what we had been told on the phone.  Things were still looking good.  So we contacted our insurance company to get a quote on what it would cost to insure such a car.  It came out lower than I was expecting, which is always nice!

On Monday, we met the owners of the vehicle and took it for a test drive.  I was reminded again that people in Glendive are pretty chill and trusting.  The lady gave us the key and told us to take it wherever we wanted.  I was expecting her to want to ride along, but she had brought a DVD and got back in her car and watched a movie while we tested the Volvo.  So Sarah and I drove the car around town, through residential areas with lots of turns and stops and starts, and out on the highway, at 80mph.  The car ran smoothly and quietly everywhere and handled like a dream, like a Volvo.  When we got back, we conducted a thorough examination of the car, inside and out, and even under the hood, and had the whole thing inspected, and it all checked out.  So we decided to buy it.

Today we were able to finish all the paperwork with the bank and the state of Montana.  We met the owners again and transferred the title and registered the car.  We put the new license plates on and gave the old ones to the previous owners.  We called the insurance company and had them activate the quote we had gotten the other day, and by 5:00pm, the car was officially ours.

For anyone interested, here are a few statistics:
2006 Volvo S60
2.5 Litre turbocharged engine
5-cylinders, in line configuration
EPA says 19mpg city, 24mpg highway, previous owners say they got higher
5-speed automatic transmission
Front Wheel Drive
208 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
236 ft-lb torque at 1,500 rpm
0-60 in 7.4 seconds
3,393 lbs empty
Built in Ghent, Belgium, imported to the USA in Port Hueneme, CA.

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