Overdue Truck Upgrade

Dan bought his 2002 Toyota Tundra in 2003, three years before he graduated college. He’s driven this truck through undergraduate school, graduate school, five jobs, three houses, two kids, one dog, and one wife. The truck is still running, but it has over 216,000 miles on it! It has an extended, but not a crew, cab and so although it can (barely) fit one rear-facing convertible car seat and one infant seat, it cannot fit two rear-facing convertible car seats (yes, our 3-year-old still rides rear-facing – it’s five times safer than forward-facing and she is well under the height and weight limits to remain rear-facing). We’ve known for a long time that we were going to need to upgrade the truck and now seemed like as good of time as any, before any more maintenance costs crept up and before Lillian needs to move into a convertible car seat.

A few days before Dan’s 34th birthday, he came home from work very excited – he’d found the truck that he wanted to buy! However, it was $6K more than what we had agreed we would spend. I quietly let him pitch his purchasing plan to me and then, when he’d completed his proposal and looked nervously at me, I smiled at him and said “Happy Birthday! Get it!” I think that he was surprised, but I was mostly relieved that the search was over and I wouldn’t have to get him another birthday gift.

Dan initiated the purchase and the whole family went to the dealership to sign the final papers for our new Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 truck.

New Family Truck!

Dan LOVES (I cannot stress this enough) driving his new truck. It has all the bells and whistles and technology that you could imagine (and lots that you can’t!), has a very large interior, and is just so darn nice and new! The luxury of the new truck will make selling the old Black Stallion much less difficult. It is definitely our new preferred mode of transportation and we are looking forward to many years of comfortable commuting in the new truck!

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2 Responses to Overdue Truck Upgrade

  1. I remember Dan buying his old truck on the way back to college after a break. He left for home in his old, old rusty red pickup, stopped at a dealership on the way, had his dad and me join him in San Jose and assist with the paperwork for the Toyota Tundra. Without a backward glance at his first truck, the red one, he transferred his suitcase, etc. to the new truck, left the red one behind at the dealership and off he went, continuing the return trip to college in the new Tundra. His dad and I returned home that night, shaking our heads in wonder. Glad he is enjoying his new Ford. Looks like this time he took a whole different family with him to the dealership to sign for it!

    • Carrie says:

      Ha! Dan doesn’t seem to have the same sentimentality towards cars as you guys do (although he still fondly remembers all of his old vehicles and his memories with them). I had to make some updates to my post after reading your comment and talking with Dan. I had originally written that he had purchased the Tundra in 2006, but I was wrong – it was 2003. Anyway, I’m sure that if each new purchase didn’t excite him so much, it would be harder for him to part with his old vehicle. As it stands, though, he sure loved his Tundra and now he really loves his F-150!

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