There’s a new Benz in my driveway.
Those who know me are aware of how absurd the above statement is.
I’ve never been much of a ‘fancy car’ girl. I’m not enlightened, or trying to sound all holier than thou… I have my vices, but cars? Never. I gladly whipped a green Neon (with automatic nothing, and sporadic air conditioning) for much of high school, and was gifted a 2000 Saturn LS when I went off to graduate school. It’s now 2011, and the SAT still rolls hard! My only complaint is that the back window is now perpetually open (thanks Syl), and to keep from resorting to duck tape, I just crack the other windows to make it look intentional. It’s actually not that bad, save the for occasional spider that wanders in.
Our truck, a 2004 Buick Rainier is in need of a new transmission… and a new radiator… and a new camshaft… and a new air pump… and despite that disgusting diagnosis yesterday and the equally disgusting accompanying bill, I’m still smiling. Why? Because life is short and I’ve made a concerted effort to stop complaining. Plus, my cousin (also Gia’s Godfather) was sweet enough to loan us his car while we wait for ours to be repaired. Enter the 2011 Mercedes C300… with its automatic errything… hot butt, navigation, XM radio, OnStar, gigantor sunroof, and nearly silent start-up. Let me reiterate. I’ve never been a car girl. Have yet to buy my own car. Never had intentions of buying a ‘new’ car. But this my dears, this has made me rethink some things!
So if in the near future, you see Ms. CurlyNikki, diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean… you know it’s not for stunting purposes. It was purchased solely for the experience! Touché Nadeira, touché.
p.s. As I typed this, mostly with one hand, Boog was banging on the keyboard, mouthing the corner of the screen, and pulling up using my boob and nape hair for leverage. Nice. Oh, and on my way home yesterday I stopped off and bought a bottle of wine. Why? Because my aunt finally came to town after playing me for 3 long weeks ;o)
Go for new! I feel you on not really being a car person. But I will tell you that I just purchased a nicer car (volvo s80) after driving my 2000 Ford Explorer gas-guzzler with a broken door handle until the wheels just about fell off. But get this, on my way to the auto dealer to get my new car, the old one was hit and totaled. Maybe that was a sign that it time for that thing to be put to rest.
@ Anonymous April 24, 2011 11:47 PM
I am with you. I have not had a car note in 5 years and its so freeing. Anyone that can pay for it with cash- God bless you. My $5000 '02 Montero Sport gets me from A to B. I can "give like no one else" without it taking away from my car note.
Forgot to add: Oh and the LED lights are soooo nice both during the day and night. Definitely stand out amongst other cars.
I just bought the C300 black on black last week, and I love it!!!! It is perfect for young women on the go. It's virtually silent while driving and just perfect. I didn't get all the additions because I wouldn't have used them. So, I say go for it. I've been driving Mercedes since I was 21 and they've been great ever since. Just make sure you keep up with the maintenance and it'll last you for 200,000 miles or more.
SOOO glad your aunt came back to town! LOL… she was trippin hard 🙂
SN: Everytime I pass the shiraz, on my way to the reisling or moscato, I think of u
Though these cars are nice, if anything goes wrong with them it will be an arm and a leg to fix. Not only will your car payment every month still be high but just for wiper blades and an oil change you will be spending over a hundred dollars. I work at firestone complete auto care. I watch it happen all the time.
u guys are total enablers.
Once you drive in luxury, it's really difficult to go back to regular. Enjoy!
My BMW-fanatic fiance has turned me into a car person. I text him that i now want a "beamer". He then told me i would have to first learn that the car is "bimmer" and the motorcycle is "beamer". Now that i have gotten that down pack, i'm in the market for my first fancy car, 5-series.
Nik, what I want to know is was that the best bottle of wine ever or what? LOL! That Aunt is THE worse family member. As a previous poster said, glad to see her come and glad to see her go.
And on the car thing, I'm a little concerned about that back window rolling up after y'all leave NC; snow in the window is a more miserable(although less creepy) feeling than a spider-rider!
Welcome to the family! I am on my 4th MB S class! I won't buy anything else. The last one was a gift from my husband for my 40th bday – delivered w/a bow in the front yard and came fully paid off – only bragging on my hubby not the car! The one before that is still running and we gifted it to a friend in need. It has almost 200,000 miles and still running strong! The E class before that one is still running and another family member is driving it with nearly 300,000 miles on it. You will never go back once you are in the family. Congrats!
Loved this CN! Keep them coming because you are too funny!
Enjoy! I love the heated seats in my CLK. About to upgrade to a BMW 335is.. ready for some hard top convertible action. =)
Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Funny post. But I agree with Anon 1:00 a.m. I was taught that the car value depreciates once it leaves the lot. Over the years I have found used cars to be very reliable, (Mitsubishi then Honda). My CRV is 13 years old with over 131,000 miles and runs just as well as day one. No need to upgrade.
don't get car fever just yet!!!………..after reading "the total money makeover" by dave ramsey, my outlook on cars and how i spend my money in particular has definitely changed!!!plz read it nikki before you purchase a new car or check out daveramsey.com!!!!!!! as he always says "if you wil live like no one else, then later you can live like no one else."
Funny post! When you move east, get something heavy and safe so the winter won't blow you away! Lol
Hope all is well in St. Louis. That airport tornado was crazy, eh?
Enjoy your ride. Your cousin is giving and thoughtful! Lovely!
*sigh* I've never been a car chick either. Until recently. My love just purchased a 2K11 Audi A5…….Why didn't anybody tell me??!!! All I've ever wanted was a butt warmer…to me, that was luxury. But his car….that's luxury. So, it appears after the wheels fall off the Accord (cause yea, I'll be driving that bad boy until then, I'll want to upgrade.I have to say though, when I have to fill up with these ridiculous gas prices…I miss my Geo….
Funny on the car thing! And whew, you know that aunt? Glad to see her come, glad to see her go! Glad she decided to show up for a visit!
Go for it Nikki. I love my luxury vehicle. I have a 2002 MB CLK 320 and although the higher gas prices make me question every now and again I keep on pushing. Life is short. Some people spend money on other things, I enjoy a nice ride. I am in the market for an upgrade too so your post is right on time. 😉
Enjoy the ride! Sounds sweet.
lol, enjoy the ride
Enjoy the ride and the fact that you can give it back. With $4+ gas, a car that takes premium gas and $100 oil changes is no fun 🙂
Wow, congratulations, you deserve it for all the help and encouragement you've given all of us.
I think you should go for it ma'am. What edition is it? Sports or Luxury?? I got the C300 sports when it first came out and I love it (no boasting inteded). However, I must let you know the car sits low (well the sports one does) so be careful when driving because you can scrape the bottom of the car : ( enjoy the car…
LOL! Enjoy the ride…I will graduate to it one day! That has truly been my dream car since I was….7 and I'm now 36 and still ain't got it! LOL
I swear this is why I love you! Hilarious! This post and the Easter post. I hope G-Baby and fam are enjoying their Easter. Oh, and enjoy the Benz while you can. Plus, sometimes you need that hot butt for those cold climates…like Pennsylvania.
I love that song too! I'm sitting over here just being thankful until I get my own car again one day.
As a frequent passenger and borrower of other folks' cars, I must say the Mercedes navigation system leaves some stuff to be desired compared to cheaper rides. Also, I'm not cool with whoever came up with this "hot butt" (LOL) stuff in new cars. My arse brings the heat on its own ;D
LOL, Nikki you're delightful.
Go 'head girl!
I can relate. My first ride was a used (only 2 yrs old.) Nissan Maxima that was a high school graduation present. Once I completed grad school all I wished for was a crock pot and a kitchenaid mixer (lol). Well, hubs brought me a 2007 new BMW… floored I tell you. See, I don't ask for the elaborate and am a simple plain Jane, but this did something to my inner self. Because this year I upgraded to the new 2011 6, now the hubs just shakes his head…. sorry! But he literally turned me into a car junkie.
Nikki, enjoy the ride…
lol love this. You never know what you're missing until you see how the other side is living!
Loved this. We are so much alike. I will never have a new car.
I'm just smiling from ear to ear………… You and G will be flyy fo sho!
Nadeira out. lol
I loved that song too! Nikki, I love your blog, thanks for sharing your life with us. Happy Easter Nappturals!
@Samantha, me too!–'gangsta white walls… you may not have, a car at all. but remember brothers and sisters, you can still stand tall 🙂
Happy Easter!!! I used to love that song growing up.
I feel you Nik. I've never been a car person either. I just like what I like. I did have a Mustang convertible for 5 years (totalled it the month before my last payment=(.). That car payment was planned for other things, so my dad found a 2000 Mercury Sable for me for $2000 bucks and I drove that until last year when the air conditioning went and the tire rod popped. I was mad because I knew I had to buy a new car because I didn't have time for my dad to look for a good used one. I mean, MAD!!! I had no desire for a car payment and felt like a new car was a waste of money. But, I broke down and got a car that I think will last me forever, a Honda Accord LX. I actually enjoy my car again=). So, do you lady!! =)
Girl. Hot mess. Happy easter! Your cousin must love and trust you!
LOL! Nikki you are comical!
you are too funny…..go for it chica