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There’s so many things to prep for before the baby comes and my mind has been going a mile a minute. Everything from thinking of who will watch Henry while we’re on baby watch (kind of crazy I know) to setting up school savings funds for this little one, to nursery details, it feels like a lot to get done. This last week or so we really got our booties into gear and starting making a list of the major things we want to get done before the baby comes. We divided it up into three categories: home (work on the nursery, purge any unnecessary items so the space is clutter free, etc.), finances (I’m embarrassed to say I have looked up preschools already and we’re planning for different savings accounts and school funds, hospital bills, etc.), and finally transportation.
We’re a one car family over here. After we both took the plunge into working full-time from home, it just made sense for us. We are pretty sure we will still keep one car, but we’ve been thinking about upgrading to an SUV. We currently have a Toyota (my first car was a Toyota as well) and they’ve always felt so reliable. However, it’s a basic sedan and not a lot of storage for all the baby gadgets and trips we hope to take with the little one, so we began our hunt for an SUV. Plus, they say an SUV is safer. As a petite person, I’ve always been a bit nervous to drive a larger car. A few summers ago we had the opportunity to test drive the Jaguar F-Pace and I fell in love with the car. Of course going from a Toyota to a Jaguar is a big jump, but I loved being up higher and I felt more protected on the road. Not saying we have a Jaguar in mind, just an SUV.
We’re both not fans of car dealerships (I don’t really know anyone who is) and all the stress that comes along with buying a car, negotiating, the whole song and dance.So, if we can do any work and research on the back end beforehand to make the process easier, we’re all about it. If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you might remember this post about Auto Navigator by Capital One. Since then, Capital One has enhanced the Auto Navigator tool and it’s been a breeze to search for various SUVs in our area within a specific budget and see what we pre-qualify for, without impacting our credit score.I’m all about simplifying things, especially something as big as buying a car.The tool is super transparent and you can print out a summary with your financing options to walk into the dealership with. It definitely has given us a bit of confidence so that we feel prepared when we do decide to speak with a sales associate.
We’ve also spent some time exploring Capital One’s Auto Learning Center, where we’ve read articles on the latest research and findings to help us stay informed throughout the car buying process.
It feels like we’re getting closer to checking this big task off our list before the baby comes and it feels so good! I’ve never been a fan of a mom van (no offense to anyone who has one, it’s probably super practical and our nephews have a pretty cool DVD set up with their family car), but we’re thinking an SUV is the right next step as we prepare for all of our adventures as a family of three (well, four including Henry).
What about you guys? Did you upgrade to a bigger vehicle when starting a family? Any tips for us? Please share!