Tuesday, February 10, 2009

parnelli belle 2?

After months of being car-less I have new wheels and couldn’t be more excited about it! Being on medical leave gave me the luxury of being able to take my time. Which sounded great first. But it wasn’t really helping me find anything new within my price range and preferences. Basically, no matter how I sliced it I was coming up about $3000 short of where I needed to be if I was going to get the comfortable, reliable, back friendly vehicle I was looking for. And I did not want to take out a bank loan.

I just kept praying…

I had filed a claim with Aflac following my car accident hoping for some extra car fundage. But that only produced a few hundred dollars. Knowing that I also have hospital, surgeon, and anesthesiologist bills and doctor visit co-pays I knew I had to leave a little something in my bank accounts.

I just kept praying…

Then one day the mail came, my mom opened an envelope, and we all heard her say, “HOLY COW!” An insurance policy my parents previously held had been shut-down and they were sent a refund check. It was for way more than they had expected. Mom double checked everything and the amount was, indeed, correct.

Now, if there is any doubt of how caring and generous my parents are here is but another example. My dad’s response upon learning of this refund was not, “Let’s book a cruise!” or “That’s a lot of book money to spend with my best friends, Barnes and Noble!” Instead it was, “I have been praying for Jennifer to have some more car money. “ Wow. How blessed am I?

And how awesome is God?

So I borrowed a good portion of this refund money from them. With that extra (loaned) cash I was able to buy a really wonderful, very very comfortable, reliable, snazzy, and super back friendly 2002 Honda CRV that I just love love love. Each time I get behind the wheel I am grateful, thankful, appreciative, blessed, and oh so comfy.My last car, my beloved Honda Civic, was named Parnelli Belle. That name was part family lore and part Indy 500 trivia. This new “Mojave Mist Metallic” Honda has yet to be named. The only car driven in the Indy 500 of a similar color was Danny Sullivan’s old Miller High Life car from the 1980’s. He may be from Louisville, but I didn’t really have in mind calling my new Honda “Danny”. One day a moniker will come to me, I'm sure. But I’m also entertaining suggestions…I cannot say enough good things about Grant McCullum at Gary Force Honda here in Bowling Green. From the moment I met him I wanted to do business with him. He was caring and straight forward. There is a reason he is one of the top sales persons at Gary Force. It turns out we’re neighbors and he lives around the corner from us. After we shook on the deal and all breathed a sigh of relief that we’d reached an amount we could both live with my mom got a little emotional. It was then that we let Grant in on some of the things I had been through in the last several months. I recapped from my accident to the back surgery to the drop foot and the fractured ankle. I began to get a little teary eyed and my voice cracked a bit. Then I looked at Grant and saw that his eyes were filled with tears. And I could not be more grateful that I was buying my new vehicle from him. If you are ever in the market for a new/used car please go see Grant.

4 comments:

JD said...

having a Honda is like having a dog... once you have one, you don't want something else. cats suck. chevy sucks. hondas and dogs make the world go round...

Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

Yep. I am a Honda girl for life.

Shirley said...

God is sooooo good!!!

Sarah H. said...

YAY! I'm glad you got the car you wanted without a loan.

My fiance drives the same make, model, year (different color), so in honor of him I'd name it Paully. : P If you don't have a name yet, that is.