Tuesday, March 08, 2011

the other good news!

So I promised you some good news last week and here it is: we bought a new car!! Well, new to us. It all happened very fast, isn't that the best way? We've been talking about it for years and finally everything kind of just fell into place.

This is our current car, Old Faithful:

62 : 365

Bless her. She's a 15 year old Citroën ZX and while she has loads of cosmetic problems (she's been broken into twice, the windshield's cracked, the lock on the trunk is messed up, etc. etc.) she's run really well until recently. I'd say 15 years is a pretty decent run, wouldn't you?

So anyway, we went visiting friends last week and Stéphane and his friend got to chatting about the car and they gave her a once over, and noticed, for example, that she really could use some new tires. Plus the fact that she needs an oil change which runs about 100€ ($135!!) and she's really starting to turn into a rust bucket, we decided that now is the moment. On the way home, we discussed our requirements and budget and I set to work on the internet.

I found a couple of good prospects right away and the next day Stéphane called to get more information. It turned out that one of them, which seemed too good to be true, was available to look at but not quite ready to be sold. It turns out that it's at a garage in Troyes and needs a little body work and a detail and they accidentally put the announcement out too early, but we could come take a look.

So last Thursday we went to see it and instantly fell in love. It's a Citroën C4, 2006, with just under 50k kilometers (about 31k miles) and just has a few bumper scratches. There was only one owner, an older fellow that just used it for in town driving, and it's never been in an accident. Obviously we scooped it up, signed the papers right away! We'll pick her up in a couple of weeks. I can't wait!

For once it seems that something will come together smoothly and easily for us! Can you believe it??


Ms Mac said...


Caity said...

I can feel your excitement!! When I found out I was coming to France I was TERRIBLY excited, but then when I realized I wouldn't be able to see the new Harry Potter in English, I was SHATTERED. I am determined to find a VO even if I have to travel to Toulouse!

Caity said...

WHOOPS! That comment was meant for the cinema post. Sorry!!

Frank in Delaware said...

100 Euro for an oil change??? WOW...I know fuel is higher there but never thought about what motor oil might cost!