A Car is money flushed down the toilet. Our insurance claims that our fully paid off investment is worth not even half of the selling price of the same make, model, year, mileage on the market. Our insurance of course does not cover what we have spent on said car like they would a house and it does not even cover the amount of insurance we have paid over the lifetime of our car!
And yet, we are in a rental van that does not even fit our family, I do not think anything other than a Toyota Sienna would, but perhaps I am bias and there are others out there that would fit four full sized car seats and a wheelchair? And the rental has expired. We need to somehow buy a new vehicle before our insurance has even settled on a price that they will pay us. But still we must press on and either A. Go in to debt which we firmly believe we should not do or B. start paying for the rental out of pocket until the insurance settles.
Fortunately, we have decided to get a lawyer involved and she is very kind, working very hard for us, and also went above and beyond to help us look for a vehicle.
We have an appointment in the morning to look at a used Honda Odyssey that is an o6 I believe, and I am thankful for her kindness and hard work. It is so difficult to find a vehicle that has 8 full seats and has room for a wheelchair. So many vehicles have 'jump seats' or about 2 inches of leg room for the back row. And not enough trunk space for a folded down wheelchair, oxygen, and groceries when we have to go grocery shopping when Brendan is at work or deployed and all five kids are with me. *You should see my packing skills! But you will also know why I am (as much as possible) an Amazon grocery shopper :-)
You know, with the house fire, we at least know that our home will be put back together in a similar fashion. But our van is gone. Our first car that we owned together. The first vehicle for most of my babies. The first new car that we ever owned (and likely the last unless we can pay for one in cash someday). And I am so sad. Some may think that it is so silly but we were Toyota Strong! We loved our van. The "SS Sterling" was his name and he took us on a wonderful journey for nearly a decade. I cannot believe how much I miss a hunk of metal with wheels, but I do. Toyota, you did our family good, if only insurance would see the value in someones car when someone else carelessly destroys it. And just in case you missed my last post. I am extremely beyond words thankful for the safety that GOD and this van provided for us. I know that it was God alone. Yet I also believe and know that God lead us to that van and that company and I am very thankful for the workmanship that went into our van to keep us safe!
|Our "S.S. Sterling" :-/|