It's on his way home from work and he's driving the car we'd be trading (it's his work car). Plus, he'd be the one discussion financing details with the guy. He knows where I want the payment to be and I've discussed with the salesman what discounts and all that I'd be able to get.
He drove the car I was interested in and one he was interested in. I was interested in a 3.5L V6 and he's interested in the 2.5L 4cyl. He drove them both the same distance and the same speed. He said the 4cyl wasn't lacking that much power in comparison to the 6cyl, so he didn't think I'd miss anything there. And he also compared the gas mileage per the computer system in the car and discovered the 4cyl got 10 more miles per gallon in that short trip compared to the V6.
Then he hopped in the 2014 Fusions. He's pushing for me to get one of those if/when I decide to get a new car. He wants me to talk to the credit union and see what Lynn can do for us and we'll go from there in deciding what to get. Where we usually buy a car and keep it for an extended period of time (I've had my current car for 7 years) and we pay them off before they're due, he'd like for me to get a 2014 and drag the payment out as far as I can so it's low initially and then snowball it when we can - which is what we did with the current car and ended up paying it off 3 years early, but comfortably. In order to do this, I have to bring myself to like the grill on the 2014... He said that with the way I hold onto a car for so long, he's not as comfortable with me getting a 2011 over a 2014 b/c by January it'll already be 3 years old.
He said if I want to, next week he can flex a day (he's got overtime coming both this weekend and next, so he can take 8 hours off penalty free) if I want to take a day off and we can drive all over hell looking at whatever car I want to look at and drive whatever car I want to drive til we find one I want. But we could also just drive to the neighboring town and hop in a 2014 there and drive one around and see what I think without taking a whole day off.
First though, he wants me to print off or email home the budget so we can both take a look at it, ensure nothing is being missed and verify that the money is available every month before we commit to a car payment. He also wants to see what it'll do to our debt payoff.
Personally, I want a new(er) car and I'm ready for a new(er) car, but I'm torn between my goals. I want to pay off our debt, but it's sooooo slow going right not that it feels like it'll be FOREVER before we'll be in a place to get a new(er) car if we stick to the current plan, and I'm afraid the car won't outlive the debt - I'm afraid it'll start to develop problems and then we'll be in a place where we NEED a car, rather than WANT a car, and when you NEED a car, it's harder to hold the upper hand with negotiations.
So I don't know what to do... grrrrr. Sometimes I hate being an adult.