Before we left Italy we bought our car. It was such a ridiculously simple process—no haggling and no shady car salesmen—just us, our wallet, and a really nice Brit who sold us our Ford from the base's car dealership. We told him exactly what we wanted and just like that, he said it'd be waiting for us when we arrived. All we had to do when we got there was show proof of insurance and we'd be able to drive it off the lot.
My husband and I put a lot of thought into what car we'd want to get. After being a (kinda) one-car family for our duration in Italy, we knew it had to have four doors. (My previous car was a Toyota Scion, which was fantastic after I graduated college, but not so great once we started a family.) I didn't want a mini van quite yet, and a sedan still seemed too small. When I went back to America over the holidays I test drove quite a few SUVs and the Ford Escape came out on top. We debated between that and a few others, but we were drawn to the price (a sweet military/USAA discount) and the features of the Escape.
One year later and I'm still smitten with our car. Some days I still swear I can smell that "new car smell" and other days that scent is over taken by diapers, crushed cheerios, random bottles, and other items that remind me how lived-in our car actually is. Its automatic start feature is fantastic, because I can start the car while I'm still inside the house and it starts cooling off—such an essential feature when living in the south. The key-less entry and start feature means I don't have to mess with keys (something that seemed foreign to me when I first started driving the car), which is a delight when I have to carry 1,001 other things on each trip to the car.
But my absolute favorite feature (besides the back-up camera and beeping functions) is that I can open the trunk by just swiping my foot under the bumper. This is AMAZING when my hands are literally too full to open it manually. I actually let out a few whimpers when I have to open the door to my house by using my hands.
Anyway, this entire post was inspired because we recently hit 18,000 miles on our beloved car over the weekend, and I realized I never talked about the "new" ride in our life. Yup, that's a lot of road trips in less than a year, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
*Not a sponsored post. I just really love our car :)