Today was quite the day. After a week of dealing with the accident that my dearly loved daughters were in, and thank the Lord He kept them safe, we got a settlement on the car and went out shopping for the replacement car. In my cluster of friends (guys) I have three that drive Toyota products and they swear by them (in a good sense, like “affirming”). So, after searching through the Internet, we found a Toyoda Corolla, and decided that first thing we would go and see it. So we went out to the dealer to look at a 2006 Toyota Corolla. We saw it and it had all kinds of scratches and dents and the rear panel had obviously been involved in an accident. The salesman “Mike” was showing it to us, when another person came out of the dealership saying that this car had just sold! Lori, my dear wife said, “Good, because we don’t want it!”
Then my wife looked at me and said, “Let’s go see Mikki at Alpine!” So off we went to the dealer that had sold us our last two cars. We took out three different Hyundai Sonatas and then an XG350. We were sold on the last one, the XG350. So we got a new car. It will be ready for us on Friday. We are thankful for a new car, and thankful at how it all came together. The dealership was great, the sales person, Mikki, was equally great. Alpine Hyundai have been first rate with us for our two previous cars. This time was no different.
We have to look at the purchase of cars as a necessary expense and also with an eye that we are not buying a lemon. Testimonials of users, especially of those who make sure to maintain and upkeep with regular service their vehicles, are the best testimonials.
With all Hyundai vehicles the main maintenance issue is the timing belt, which should be changed every 100 K. If you don’t you end up causing all kinds of other problems that pile up on top of each other. It only makes sense, money wise, to maintain and thereby minimize your costs. Our Santa Fe is a great vehicle and Lori drives it to work each day to Woodstock (67 KM one way) and it has proven to be very reliable, both in spring/summer and especially fall/winter driving.
Our Elantra was a great vehicle as well, and even in the accident, it absorved the head on collision quite well, airbags deployed and the seat belts did their thing to preserve our daughters lives, never mind the excellent defensive driving skills of our daughter Caitlin, which prevented the vehicle from being hit on the sides. See the video of the crash test for the Hyundai Elantra.
Anyone who talks about the stupidity of airbags and seat belts really do not understand how much they do assist in preserving life. Both saved the lives of our daughters. So we were pleased with it, but wanted a bigger vehicle. The Sonata made the choice easy until we saw the XG350. The XG350 is like a upscale Sonata.
So, having looked around online, I found a video of the main features of our new car. Here it is:
We are thankful that we could pay cash for the car and not absorb debt. So there is a lot to be thankful for. We have gainful employement. We have our daughters safe and sound. We have our insurance which came through to provide the means to get another car. God is good, for He works through all these situations and people, to provide for us and makes us stewards of our finances so that we can have the means to be about what He wants us engaged in, including our jobs. Today I thank God that we have Him involved in all our affairs. Our family is very grateful for His caring hand, and for His hand of provision. He sustains and keeps His own. He uses people and companies and employers to bless His people, and He wants us, His people to be responsible stewards with that which He provides.