Kirsten bought a new car yesterday.
Anticipating the birth of our third daughter and the extra room she and her car seat would require, in 2003 we traded our Nissan Altima for a new Chevy Venture. I guess you can say we’ve come full-circle. Hayley is now the only one requiring a car seat. We’ve enjoyed the Venture but the extra space the minivan had came at the expense of higher gas prices and a sexy woman driving a not-so-sexy vehicle.
Last week Kirsten started researching cars she might want and visited dealerships to see what was available. When she found a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta in her price range and with the options she desired she started the negotiation process. Every day she’d go down to the dealership to inquire if they’d lowered their price to hers and every day the price came down…but not enough for her. On the last day the manager asked, “Do you bake cookies?” He said he’d come the rest of the way if she’d agree to bake them some fresh cookies. They had a deal.
My part of the ordeal was to show up and autograph four places on paperwork she’d already completed. I’m super proud of her. She shopped around, did gobs of research, found her car, and negotiated financing without any help from me. It’s nice to be with a woman who is capable, strong, smart, sophisticated, talented, and sexy. I hope she enjoys her new ride.