We got the van. You may think buying a car is easy. Just go to the lot. Pick it out. Haggle with the sales guy and drive away. Ummmm – no. Not when it’s going to cost over $60K and not when you can’t find anyone who actually answers your questions accurately, and not when you really wish you didn’t have to buy it in the first place. But we did.
Brian did an extraordinary amount of research. He talked to manufacturers, to dealers, to customizing shops, to the headquarters of more companies that should be even considered. And he finally boiled it down to this:
- Buy a Toyota Sienna. Yes, even though they recalled tons of vehicles right in the middle of your deal.
- Get side-entry.
- Get the in-floor ramp system rather than the fold-out system so you can recline the passenger front seat.
- Get it from M.I.T.S in PA.
- Add the accessories you’d want for 10 years – cuz that’s how long we’ll have it we think.
- Make a day trip of picking it up.
And then take lots of photos – well, that’s my part of the deal, not Brian’s!
If you need to buy a van, find this guy or one like him. Bob Roth at M.I.T.S in Glen Rock, PA. He’s great!
And now for the photos:
And now we can focus on different things – like Catherine’s school situation – again! Next IEP meeting is April 22. Wish us luck.