Used car shopping during a pandemic is not for the faint hearted.

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My husband’s niece just started college and is in desperate (or so she’ll have you believe) need of a vehicle. Being the cool aunt and uncle we offered to help, physically and financially.

So began the weekend from Hell.

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Said niece doesn’t want just any old car, no.

She wants an SUV.

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Have you ever priced decent used SUV’s during a global pandemic? I’m not exaggerating when I say our minds were blown.

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My idea of buying a 19 year old girl her first car does not include taking a mortgage on our house.

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The used car market in Maine is insane right now. They’re all selling for more than they’re worth and every vehicle we test drove had major issues the sellers weren’t interested in fixing.

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If we did see one we might consider buying?

It was gone 5 hours later.

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We spent 2 full days, visited countless dealers, scheduled numerous private seller appointments and logged over 600 miles.

The result? One possible we’re going to bring to our trusted mechanic for a thorough going over. It’s $2,000 more than we wanted to spend, but right now it’s literally the only option.

Is it any wonder that after bringing our niece back to school we ended the weekend at our local pub?

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Yes, those were all my dead and near dead soldiers. A tarantula margarita, a Moscow mule and two seasonal beers later?  My mood had vastly improved.

Don’t judge. Car shopping is exhausting.

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30 thoughts on “Used car shopping during a pandemic is not for the faint hearted.”

      1. I hear you. My oldest daughter got stranded in a bad part of town when her older vehicle broke down as she was coming home from a late college class. Fortunately, she had a male classmate with her, and he stayed with her until my husband could get there. When my youngest enrolled in that same college, also as a commuter student, we took out a loan to buy her a new car. It was worth it for our peace of mind. Of course, back then small new cars weren’t all that expensive – most likely what we paid was about what you are paying for your niece’s vehicle.

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