Thursday, January 10, 2008

Car Shopping. Ugh.

We have come to the conclusion over the last couple of months that our dear little Subaru is slowly dying. This has been rather depressing, given the fact that she's been a faithful and sturdy little car for many years. She (yes, my car is a girl) gets fairly decent gas mileage and she can withstand just about any sort of water or mud that Bailey throws onto her on a daily basis.

So we've been car shopping. We started out looking at the new prius but I'm not sure Bails is going to fit in the back. I think all the car salesmen have been mystified when we go directly to the back of the car to check out the trunk before we even sit in the driver's seat. A family that buys a car based on their dog's needs. Weird, I know. So we've slowly migrated over to the wagon section. Last night I think we tried out every wagon under the sun: Volvo, Subaru, BMW, Audi, Toyota, and Saab. Both Chris and I have discovered that car salesmen are a rather strange bunch. Smarmy. One nice guy did let us put Bailey in the back of each car, despite the copious amounts of dog hair and drool that were undoubtedly left behind. Thankfully, we still have the Sube which runs fairly well and we're not in a huge rush to purchase a new vehicle. We'd love to have recommendations, by the way. What kind of car do you drive? What's the gas mileage and would you purchase it again? And, most importantly, is there room for a 100 lb beast in the back?