Last month Banjo Man decided he needed a reliable off-road vehicle with which to haul a trailer full of building supplies up the mountain to his beloved cabin. The summer of 2021 is going to be the Year of the Cabin and my husband has big plans.
This car/truck would have to be in good shape, as we would be driving it across country in the spring. Oh, the joy of another road trip! Especially after Covid. Just the thought of packing our “new” car and heading west fills us with joyous anticipation.
So we had to decide what kind of car we needed, which required lots of research on my part. And I love research, so this was not a chore.
We narrowed it down to one car: a heavy-duty, towing powerhouse, the Toyota Sequoia.
Last week we thought we had found the perfect used Sequoia. The condition, the price, the fancy extras? All so enticing. But–and this is a big “but”–the car was at a dealer in Vermont. And the day before Vermont had closed its borders to nonessential visitors. It was a four-hour drive, another issue. We would have to spend the night in New Hampshire, which was easy enough unless they decided to close the state also. But was I ready to drive three and a half hours home? I’m a lot stronger than I was a few months ago, but that was a stretch.
Friends offered to make the trip, but we refused. Why should anyone take risks just so we could buy a car? No way.
I also pointed out that we had never sat in or driven a Sequoia. What if it was too big? Or uncomfortable?
We expanded the car search to include the Toyota 4Runner and the Honda Ridgeline.
Once again, we had never sat in or driven a Honda Ridgeline.
Clearly we needed to look at these cars closer to home and decide which was best for us before I continued to comb Cargurus and Cars.com and Autotrader for used vehicles (90% of them were in Connecticut and Massachusetts, not RI), but here’s where Covid comes in. How do you go to a local dealer and safely look at cars? Some dealers require appointments, which naturally discourages casual shopping.
And “casual shopping” and Covid do not go together, especially now as Rhode Island is surging with the virus and the governor is on the verge of ordering another shutdown.
So our car shopping has been temporarily discontinued. We will stay home and dream of 2021…and life on the road.