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Buyer’s Remorse

August 25th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Yep, on that brand new Acura Crossover SUV.

Not that it isn’t a wonderful vehicle, but I keep looking at my old Odyssey and think about all the things I can’t do with the new one: Carry 7 people comfortably (it happens more than you might guess), throw dirty stuff in the back (would never do that with the new Acura), fit a 4’x8′ piece of plywood, or a washer and dryer both in the back, drive it home all sweaty from basketball, carry everything Devon owns home from Pasadena.

And I think about how much we will be spending to repair the house. The insurance covers most of the repairs, but we need to get a lot of new furniture — the old is getting ratty. And Gisele needs $10,000 worth of dental work (2 implants).

I’ve felt buyer’s remorse a little before, especially when we bought this house, but it was mild, and in my heart I knew we had done the right thing. This time my heart tells me differently.

Pondering my options.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dale // Aug 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Don’t let those feelings get you down, Daryl. I know you did the right thing. Once you think about it, you will know too. Think about all the people you worked with that spent their stock as soon as it started to return. At this time of your life you deserve to have some nice things.

  • 2 Donna // Aug 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Why don’t you just keep that old Odyssey and use it for all your hauling needs, and drive the new SUV for everything else? You have already said Gisele likes to drive it, so you can share it with her. I don’t think you made a mistake. You keep your vehicles a long time, and you don’t spend your money foolishly. A splurge on a high quality item once in a while is warranted.

    That said, I do know the feeling of buyer’s remorse. I’ve had it myself (not on my 2010 Honda, but on ). It passes. Give it some time. You may even end up delirious a few months from now.

  • 3 Donna // Aug 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Whoops, that link code was apparently incorrect.

  • 4 Don // Aug 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Do you still have the Odyssey? If so I agree with Donna. Use it for the old stuff when you need to but enjoy the new one. You definitely deserve to get a new vehicle every 10 years or so. Of course my truck is now 11 years old but since I rarely drive it and it’s been paid off for a long time I just park it and drive it when I need a truck.

  • 5 Daryl // Aug 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I do still have the Odyssey, and have been driving both cars these last few days. I had to rent a 24′ extension ladder to fix some roof tiles, and of course I had to tie that on the roof rack on the Odyssey.

    I also thought about keeping the Odyssey so I would have both. If that was my plan from the beginning, though, I might have bought a different car — the SUV was supposed to be compromise that gave me most of the benefits of the van in a sportier package. I’ve been following the development of the Chevy Volt for years now, and that might have made an interesting around-town vehicle (when it’s available this fall).

    Anyway, I’m feeling a little better about the purchase — it is a very nice car and fun to drive.

  • 6 Dale // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    It’s good that you have options. You never know when a father/daughter backpacking team might want to throw their dirty, sweaty backpacks in your car;)

  • 7 Daryl // Aug 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Dale, you and Karen are welcome to sit in my new car any day. I just might want to put a waterproof seat cover on first, depending on your sweat level…