My in-laws were visiting us for the last few days, and just left this morning. They were in town for my husband’s cousin’s wedding last night. They arrived on Thursday afternoon, bringing with them a new car for us!!! They recently bought a 2004 Acura MDX, and offered to give us their old car. It’s a 1990, same vintage as our current cars, but it’s an Audi (we have an Oldsmobile and a Honda) and it only has 100,000 miles on it (as opposed to the 200,000+ miles on our cars). We are stoked! My husband said that he feels like a yuppie in it. But I reminded him that it’s 17 years old, so he doesn’t have to feel like a yuppie, just a slightly spoiled kid with really generous parents. His dad has had that car for about 10 years, and has always taken amazingly good care of it. It really looks almost brand new, and you’d never know how old it is. For us, 100,000 miles seems like nothing, so we figure we’ll be able to drive this car for another 10 years.
We’re going to sell my husband’s Oldsmobile, we’ll be posting it on Craig’s List soon. It’s blue book value is about $900, so we’ll ask that and see what we get. Whatever it sells for will go into my husband’s Roth IRA so that we can max that out for the year and move on to our HSA.
We are feeling very spoiled right now. We’ve both been paying our own way for at least 10 years, and are not used to taking gifts from our parents. This car is a huge gift, and we’re very grateful. I know it makes them happy to be able to give us the car, but I feel a tad bit guilty at the same time. I cooked them dinner on Thursday night and a big pancake breakfast on Friday morning. And I took two vacation days to hang out with them. I’m feeling really lucky and fortunate this morning.