It was such joy to get to drive it home! And even though I had the heat on high since it is so nippy out, I didn’t get particularly exposed! Hooray! 15 months ago
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spent 45 min on the phone getting insurance updated to cover my new vehicle. Then I need to get to the DMV etc to take care of the rest. Excited, and exhausted all at the same time. Need to breathe. 15 months ago
Apparently my car is going to be delivered A LOT SOONER THAN EXPECTED! wowza! Gotta finish getting my little ducks in a row on this in the next couple of days. Feeling both excited and a little awe struck or perhaps in disbelief that I’m finally going to have my car!!!! 16 months ago
We shook hands on a deal, and now I’m just waiting to work out the last details and take ownership. So relieved that this is going to work out! Think I’m going to feel a lot more empowered after I’ve tied this up and have my own vehicle! 16 months ago
Sitting in the Volvo right now. Good test drive. Grounded little car. Compact but comfortable. Don’t feel particularly exposed. So that is wonderful start. And it even has a sun roof!
So the car checked out well and I am planning to buy it from them the week after Christmas! Yayayayay! 16 months ago
The condo is rented – thank goodness! And just as awesome family friends want to sell their white Volvo sedan that is in good shape before they move back to Australia. I’m going to get to test drive it early this next week to get to see how I do in terms of mold or chemical exposure … Crossing my fingers! 16 months ago
The volvo wagon had a bunch of repairs it would need… new timing belt, struts, etc… = expensive and out of my price range/not good value.
Talking with my mechanic about my condition (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) further, it seems like this is going to be a long and painful process, and that I’m probably going to end up needing a toyota from 2002/03 or newer that have the good air quality filtration systems.
Next step is to start working with a dealer BEFORE they detail the cars coming on to the lot.
What a pain in the butt! sigh
Taking a break on this for a bit, as my parents are continuing to let me borrow one of their vehicles, and I need to get caught up on some other projects like renting out my condo that is currently sitting empty… things I’d put on hold while I focused my full energy on getting a darn car. Blargh. At least I have transportation and support! Thank God for that! 18 months ago
My parents mentioned a volvo station wagon for sale in their neighborhood when we went over for dinner last night. We called the guy, and went and test drove it, and it is by far the best vehicle yet!
Going back out to see it again tonight and get the key so that I can take it to the mechanic tomorrow morning to check it over…. and it if he thinks it is sound, I’M GOING TO BUY IT! And it is going to be awesome…!Reasons this vehicle is wonderful:
- Safe – Solid and handles well, + silver so decent for visibility
- No exposure! – One of the best aspects, I didn’t seem to get particularly exposed! Granted, I was already exposed up to my eyeballs, but it didn’t have bad smell or anything, even with turning on the heat
- Carting my stuff – easy to get massage table in and out of the back, will be a good vehicle for putting kayaks on top, and car seats in the back seats. It even has jump up seats for more passengers…
- In good condition, and will be a good investment in that it should meet my needs for years to come without fuss :) 18 months ago
I still believe I will eventually prevail in this project… just getting gloomy about how long it is going to take me and how many times I’m going to get exposed/have allergic reactions along the way! Worst one yet tonight when going to look at the wagon… it was semi ok when we first got in and started test driving, then my sweetie started playing with the air controls, and I immediately felt the wave of bad air hit me and had to pull off in a parking lot and switch out with him to drive us back to our meeting point where we left our car. Nearly two hours later I still have hives on my throat though my mood is finally starting to stabilize and the migraine isn’t as bad as it was… sigh18 months ago
Going to see a volvo wagon this afternoon and a BMW tomorrow evening.
Feeling so ready to wrap this project up! It is exhausting… 18 months ago
Went and checked out a Mercedes yesterday and a Jetta this afternoon. Liked how they both handled and had my stone buddies w me for energetic and emotional protection. Issues with both. Might have liked to get the Jetta except that I had a chemical exposure while test driving it sigh18 months ago
Sure, my life is overflowingly busy right now… but it is really time to bump this baby to the top of the list! 18 months ago
There were a few small issues w the vehicle. The biggest things though we’re it’s sloppy handling and the fact that I felt a little exposed being in it. So, the hunt continues. 18 months ago
Found a Ford Taurus wagon that I’m going to check out in the morning… just within my price range, and will hopefully fit my needs. Please cross you fingers for me! 18 months ago
busy cruising craigslist, meditating, researching, and doing my best to find a wonderful vehicle and cross this one off my list! 18 months ago
Neither vehicle was good for me. The older one showed signs of head gasket issues. The younger one probably had a history of smokers in it because I got exposed when I stepped into it to test drive sigh This whole process is feeling too overwhelming right now. And yet, I have to figure it out so that i can have transportation to work! UGH! 19 months ago
Saw an old volvo wagon on Monday evening that is a distinct possibility. Taking it to the mechanic to check over Thursday morning. Also going to be checking out a younger volvo wagon with less miles but a little bit higher price tag Thursday evening.
Super excited to think that this whole project might be positively resolved by the end of the week! 19 months ago
Between being out of state for a trip to see family and then being sick for the past two weeks this project has been delayed. Probably start car hunting at least on-line again alter this week. Hoping to get things resolved by the end of labor day weekend. Also stressful that i’ve had to dip into car savings for bills since I’ve been sick and unable to see as many clients as usual. UGH! 20 months ago
Called on a wagon that looks promising from the on-line reviews. Tentatively going to see it this weekend. She was very candid, and we connected over the fact that she homeschools her kids. Two primary cons at the outset – one being that the AC stopped working last summer, the other that it needs a new battery. 20 months ago
That simple, I’m overwhelmed. Feeling more calm about having to tackle this project. Still got to deal with actually researching and making a choice. Pep talks, advice, and suggestions welcome! 20 months ago
of what’s what, and the relative costs/benefits. Still feel woefully ignorant, but at some point, I’ve simply got to start making calls and use my best educated support network to make a good choice. God, this is NOT my favorite kind of project! 21 months ago
continuing to browse on craigslist. Mostly I just need to avoid exposures for few days and get my energy back! Oh, maybe remembering to actually TAKE my vitamins would help? 21 months ago
Both looking for a good all around car at a reasonable/in my price range price, and also learning about what to look for so as not to aggravate my symptoms being MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitive.) Any insight appreciated! 21 months ago
Going to be traveling a lot in August, and need a vehicle come Sept, so thinking to try to resolve this goal by the end of July :) 21 months ago