My car is falling apart at the seams and we’ve embarked on a new car hunt. The last time we bought a car I was 6 months pregnant and I used my pregnancy hormones to the max; car sales people just don’t mess with hungry pregnant woman. They are pretty accommodating, in fact.
This go ’round, though, we have a toddler with us, a toddler who is active and talkative. I made the mistake of letting him play in the first car we looked at (at the urging of the sales woman). He now sees showrooms of cars as giant playgrounds. Next time the weather is bad I’ll have to peel all the toddler goo out of my car, put the backseats down and let him explore. It’s amazing fun, it seems.
But anyway, because of that first time I’ve ruined all future car shopping trips. He expects to play in cars. It’s hard to focus when you’re worried your sweet kiddo will ruin a brand new $30,000 car that’s not even yours. Or, when he’s flashing the high beams and honking the horn with the ferocity of a big rig trucker.
Not only do we need to entertain him while car shopping but we need to shop for a car for him. We need more space. We need carseat tethers in the middle seat. We need seats that clean off easily, space for a rearfacing seat, and room for lots of baby wraps and a stroller in back. There are so many new family friendly features now too – several companies have keyless start, and I just imagine how amazing that could be in those moments I’ve logged down my arms with groceries and am carrying a sleeping babe in my arms.
Then again, I also envision said keyless key being hidden in the depth of a laundry basket, going through the wash, and me paying several hundreds of dollars replacing a fancy key…
We haven’t even picked out a car yet, so I’m not sure what we’ll do when we have and need to sit down to negotiate. Then again, car shopping with a toddler has allowed us to breeze in and out of dealerships so maybe it’ll speed up the negotiation process. Or get us another free keychain…or drive me super crazy. Probably a little bit of all three!