Wednesday, February 29, 2012


We are the proud owners of a 2012 Kia Sorento!

Since finding out that we were having another baby, Dena and I have been discussing the fact that we would probably need a new car, something bigger. I started looking at options for a small to medium-sized SUV. There are lots of options for SUVs, but we either didn't like most them or they were too expensive.

Now, if you know anything about me, you might know that I am a researcher. I research most major purchases that we make to ensure that we are getting the best product and the best deal. I enjoy reading about the product, learning the features, reading expert reviews, etc. I was hesitant, at first, to even bother looking at the Kia, because, well, it was a KIA! But I did start reading about them and found out that they had come a long way in the last few years, a lot like Hyundai has. I was surprised to find out that Kia and Hyundai are the same parent company, like Chevy and GMC

Through my research, I found out that the Sorento is a IIHS Top Safety Pick, it gets great gas mileage, it has an optional 3rd row seat, and it has some of the best options and features in it's class. Even better than all of this, it was WAY cheaper than the other cars we were looking at. Basically, we could get a brand new Kia for the same price that we could get a medium mileage version of the other cars.

After many hours researching the best prices and the options that we wanted, I was able to negotiate a VERY fair price with a salesman at Huffines Kia in McKinney. After searching all over Texas and Oklahoma, the dealership was finally able to locate a car that matched what we were looking for. Monday night we went to the dealership to sign all of the paperwork and to trade-in Dena's Malibu. Our car hadn't arrived from Oklahoma yet, but they gave us a loaner to take home for the night.

Dena picked up our (really it's hers) new car yesterday and we couldn't be happier! I highly recommend researching your next car purchase on a site like I also recommend doing all of your price negotiations via email. Email negotiations allow you to state just the facts and to not deal with the high-pressure sales tactics of most dealerships.

Our new family-sized car!
 Now we just have to find a place to get a read DVD system installed...I guess I need to do some more research!

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