Anyone that knows me knows that having too many choices stresses me out. So when it came time to replace my car, the task became nearly paralyzing.
For my husband, on the other hand, the Consumer Reports guy who would happily spend hours pouring over options on cars.com, the task of finding me a car became an entertaining quest to find the best deal on the best car.
It began with weekend drives.
What cars catch your eye, he would ask?
I don't know that I ever pointed out a car and thought, gee, that's cute. My husband, though, can pick out makes, models, years, and body re-designs and tell you what each was rated in nearly every category.
Where I saw too many choices, my husband saw options.
Every time I thought we had narrowed it down to one or two models, he threw in another option.
"I just want you to be happy," he said.
How can I argue with that? He's a love.
When we had finally decided on a make and model, he found a car at a nearby dealership. We agreed that we would get up early, go for breakfast, and, if it was the right deal, sign on the dotted line.
And so we did.
We got up early and were prepping to leave. Just before leaving for the dealership, he said, "I don't want to confuse you, but take a look at this."
In my mind, I was back in our wild goose chase.
As it turned out, the car we wanted sold, and our plan B at the same dealership turned out to be a bust.
The wildcard he threw in at the last minute turned out to be the one we bought.
In New England, where we live, where nearly every street is a significant hill, all-wheel drive is a must. He found us a good car to replace mine, and I am grateful. This 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring has great reviews, she's certified, still under warranty, and super cute.
I feel like a huge weight has lifted off my shoulders. I will never like car shopping, but knowing I have the best and most knowledgeable shopper on my side makes all the difference.
Here's to wonderful memories and many thousands of safe happy miles in our new car.