New Car Smell

I hate posting my blogs “late” meaning a few days after Wednesday but oh well. So, as you may or may not know I was on a hunt for a vehicle. Yes, I said “was” because I BOUGHT A CAR! I basically had about 2 weeks to find a car before my work schedule changed and I had no idea where to start.

So, I decided to go to the bank and ask for a loan. I should have looked for cars first, but I didn’t. So, I went over my options with the amazing lady at the bank and came up with a magic number. You see, this magic number was great but once I figured out the car I wanted……it wasn’t the magic number. Because I was approved on the spot, I didn’t want to try and ask for more money so I decided to try and work with my budget.

This is what I learned:

· Find the car you want and it’s price range before you ask for a loan.
· Shop around for interest rates (bank vs. dealership).
· Every time you ask for a loan your credit score takes a hit.
· If you get a loan at the bank and approved on the spot, and decide you want more money you need to reapply for the loan. Not only does your credit take a hit but you can be denied and you can lose the first loan that you were approved for.

So, now it came time to figure out what car I wanted. Originally, I was going to buy a Forrester until Tim came along and saved me. Tim Holodryzuk is my car hero and this is why:

· He is a very, very experienced mechanic and knows a lot about cars.
· He offered to help me find a car. All I had to do was tell him what type of car I wanted, my budget and he helped me find cars online.
· I test drove a few cars and decided on a Honda CRV.
· Not only did he find cars, he made phone calls to the owners to ask them questions.
· He test drove 10 cars in 1 day and found the car that I should buy and even negotiated the price for me.

SOLD. I bought a silver 2010 Honda CRV!

Next, I needed winter tires so Tim did the same thing. He searched Craigslist and found me winter tires. I was able to save a lot of money on both my car and tires because of Tim and if I ever need to buy a car again, he will be my go-to person. He is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have time to car shop, doesn’t like to car shop, knows very little about cars and anyone who needs a car. Guess what? He is for hire in the Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton area. If you need a car, this is who you want to call. He will help you find it, examine it’s parts and negotiate a price. Tim rocks and I will be forever greatful!

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The Spinning World

There is a lot going on in my life right now and I’m having trouble picking what to share with you, my readers. So, I thought I would sum up a few things:

Etsy Purchase

I made a purchase from Etsy (a custom made chess board) and ordered it in September. It was an anniversary present for Shayne. You see, there were a few different people involved in making sure it arrived to me and the following mistakes were made that made my package SO LATE (pictures are at end of this post):

· Sender spelled my last name wrong and shipped DHL.

· DHL contracts out to Loomis to deliver.

· Delivery came to my work and it was $19 COD and the temp didn’t ask someone about it (not her fault….) so he was sent away (1st attempt).

· Loomis guy didn’t fill out Loomis sheet properly and only had 1 attempt (NOT 3).

· Due to his error package was sent back to DHL but DHL couldn’t find it because my name was spelled wrong and the sender didn’t give me a tracking number.

· Finally got tracking number, paid the $19 and the package arrived.

· ANNOYING.

Car

My employer changed my hours and now I need a car to arrive by 7am. I’m excited to finally have a car again but car shopping was not in the life budget and is stressful. I’m thinking I’ll end up with a CRV. Stay tuned. Should have in soon. So, yay car but boo to being back in debt. It was a nice month and a half.

Rain

It has rained for many, many days but the sun is finally out and I’m less angry at the weather. There is a lot of snow in the mountains is good. Due to buying a car I need to delay the purchase of new ski boots and a seasons pass. LAME. Hopefully, it happens in the next month so I can get skiing!

Life has also been full of concerts and flu symptoms (still). So, this is the first week that I’m back at cardio/weights. YAHOO.

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