Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another new arrival

A few days before Little Cherub was born our car went one fault too far ... a pool of water in the passenger footwell storage compartment for the second time in less than a year. This car was a brand new model when we got it - courtesy of an insurance claim after Tevye reduced the previous car to scrap before its first birthday - and it soon became apparent that Renault had launched this particular car with a whole series of teething troubles ... one of which is the mysterious recurring footwell leak, which can have any one of a number of hard-to-identify causes. As the car is now out of warranty, we had visions of multiple trips for repairs and endless bills for fixing the various Renault quirks. Repair bills for reasonable wear and tear are one thing; repair bills for totally unnecessary faults are another! After Little Cherub's arrival we decided enough was enough and the Renault had to go. Courtesy of a good enough deal for Tevye to make a 400 mile round trip to Yorkshire to buy it, we are now the proud owners of a Vauxhall Zafira:

This is the smallest seven-seater car on the market here, which in America I'm sure would be considered microscopically, ridiculously small, but so far we love it. When I say small, I mean we can have seven seats or luggage space, but not both - the rear seats fold down into the floor when not in use. As we very rarely need both, we are just happy to have the flexibility of extra seats or extra space. Now I have to wait until my c/section has healed so that I can drive it!


Karen E. said...

Hurray! We just got our first mini-van last year, and like you I love the extra seating! We can pick up a couple of friends, offer rides, etc. and we weren't able to do that before. Enjoy!

Cay in La. said...

Oh, yes! New vehicles are indeed like a new baby. We pamper them, we wash them, we take care of them, we listen to all their little sounds and delight at their cooings. Congratulations. LOL