A 2001 Lexus IS 300, affectionately named “Lexy” by it’s previous owner (who happened to be my best friend – hey Kim!!).
That was our very first car as a married couple and while she had her issues here and there, she was a faithful car. Lexy got us to and from church, doctor’s appointments, date nights, and my job which was in Long Island at the time. However, things took a turn in December 2015 while I was just about 9 months pregnant.
The car had a history of breaking down and we would always get it fixed but nothing compared to the chilly Winter morning that I was driving to work. While getting off of the highway and waiting at the traffic light, Lexy completely shut off. The light turned green and people were honking hysterically (likely because they were running late to work, as I was that morning) and I couldn’t do a thing but sit there. I tried to turn the car off and then on again but it wouldn’t budge. I called my husband who couldn’t do much since he was already at work in the city and he told me to call my brother-in-law. Long story short, we finally got the car moving enough to take it to a safe place but by that evening my husband said – “we’re getting a new car” and he meant it.
My husband did a majority of the searching and his primary source was Cars.com. One of the MOST useful resources that the website provided was/is their car-seat check which pretty much rates how safe a suitable the car is for car seats. How awesome is that?! As first time parents, that was extremely important to us.
Within a week of the break-down incident, after a bunch of successful research, we were in a beautiful brand-new vehicle that turned out to be the PERFECT fit for our now family of 3!
If you’re interested in purchasing a new car, renting a car for a road trip, or doing research on cars for future planning, I encourage you to check out Cars.com for all the great resources and information they have to offer.