Problem was, I wasn't planning on buying a car for awhile--I didn't know if I could afford it. My parents graciously bought my Focus for me, and the plan was to transfer the title and deed over to me when they finished paying it off next month. It was my responsibility to get car insurance. I was perfectly fine with that plan until the avalanche started. Then I wondered just how much a used car would actually cost.
When I got to work on Thursday, I pulled up Carmax.com and perused the used cars. I found one that I liked, a 2009 Pontiac G5 coupe, and plugged in the numbers on the car payment estimator. I was pleasantly surprised--the payments were well within my budget. I got excited and called my dad to tell him of my plan to buy the car next month. My dad was on board, but suggested I get the car as soon as I possibly could, since it might not be there next month. And he pointed out that I would only be waiting a few weeks anyway--why not just go ahead and buy it now? He also suggested I get financing through my credit union.
A few phone calls, some signed documents and one test drive later, I was the proud owner of the Pontiac G5. My first solo car-buying experience turned out to be the most random experience of my life. It was exciting and nauseating, but when I look at my little red car, I feel a swell of pride and a sense of relief that I had put off the avalance of car repairs a little longer.