This post is sponsored by Autotrader. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A little over a month until we welcome our newest addition to the family! With the holidays coming up I feel like the last few weeks are flying by. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed with all the preparing that needs to be done for our new baby but also for this holiday season. The to-do list is unending & the calendar is filling up so quickly! Before I know it, Christmas will be here, then the baby will be here…
there just never seems to be enough hours in the day!
When growing our family, the one thing that wasn’t at the complete front of our minds was our vehicle. We had a small SUV that fit the four of us nicely but was already starting to get a little snug! Does anyone else feel like they are moving cross country when they have to go out for dinner with kids?! or let alone stay overnight somewhere? We pretty much bring everything but the kitchen sink.
We realized very quickly that we were going to need to find something larger! Another major thing to check off the to-do list before the holiday craziness!
As a mom of two little boys with another one on the way, the idea of getting a new car sounds great and all…but the execution was stressing me out! Going from dealership to dealership for hours on end was not enticing one bit. But neither was not being a part of the process and leaving it all on my husband’s shoulders.
We initially looked for cars the more traditional way and I have to be honest it was such a tough experience!
Ethan and I knew the make of the SUV we wanted, the body style, the exterior colour, and interior colour. On our spare time, we went from dealership to dealership, crossing our fingers that we would find what we were looking for. We were disappointed time and time again. We also wanted the option to trade-in our current SUV but found ourselves haggling at the dealership which was another added stress each time. It was a long and stressful process…there HAD to be a better way!
It’s safe to say Christmas miracles do happen!
Autotrader has rolled out a new Autotrader Accelerate experience where you can literally accelerate the car shopping experience! We were knee-deep in the thick of the car shopping experience, so if you are in the market for a new vehicle I am telling you this will be your lifeline! Learn more here.
Being able to customize your entire deal how you want without leaving the comfort of your home cannot be more enticing! By using the Autotrader Accelerate program you can structure your entire car buying plan all before even visiting the dealership, including how much you want the trade-in value to be, setting up your financing as well as scheduling in a time to test drive the vehicle!
We spent many months looking for our newest car, and we found sometimes the best options weren’t always the closest to us. The further you have to go to get your dream car, the less time you want to spend working through all the options and the dealership. This Autotrader Accelerate experience is a lifesaver for all those looking to purchase a new car! Especially with kids in tow! Once you get to the dealership, all that needs doing is confirming the information you have already given. Finalizing paperwork, and of course, the fun part of test driving the vehicle!
With the process being so quick, it can actually become a fun experience for your family. Maybe even a memory that you don’t have to look back on and shudder.
Now, the holidays are here and for the first time ever I am almost done all of our Christmas shopping! It was too exhausting even thinking about going from store to store to find the perfect gift…so I did most of it online. Finding a new car doesn’t have to be any different! Being able to work out all the details on Autotrader Accelerate is such a time saver coming into the holiday season. With buying a new car being so simple and quick, you and your family have more time to focus on each other!
One thing is for sure, we definitely have room for the whole family now, plus allll the gifts!
& hey… if we happen to expand our family again, you know what we will be using to purchase our next car 😉
Learn more about Autotrader Accelerate here!
Neely Moldovan says
Oh wow this is awesome!
Amaaazing! Very happy this worked out. Congrats on the awesome car, looks great.
Tasha at Lady Boss Studio says
We just bought a new SUV and used AutoTrader to find it. I didn’t know about accelerator though. Such a great idea!
I can’t imagine trying to find a new vehicle and deal with the holidays while getting ready for a new baby. My husband and I got lucky when we were looking for our SUV. We tried a few dealers and test-drove a few until we knew which vehicle we wanted. Then they found the exact one we wanted at a dealer an hour away and had it sent up to the one close to us.
Autotrader is a very useful site. i have used it in the past to purchase a car. Thanks for sharing.
I’m so happy you found the perfect car for your family , and towards the end with less hassle. Enjoy your new car!
Wow, great combination of the sponsored ad and your own perspective. The article is not so brazen, but just presenting the options and climbing it with your own experience. Good job!
I don’t have a car yet! Maybe someday in future I will apply this idea thanks for sharing.
Maartje van Sandwijk says
Love autotrader 🙂 Always buy and sell my cars there!
Sounds like it’s really helpful and so this would definitely benefit meticulous buyers for sure a lot.
I didn’t know about this new feature. I actually found my new car on Autotrader too, back in August, and ended up buying it. I couldn’t be happier with it.
Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says
This sounds like such a great program! I am in the market for a new car, so will definitely keep this in mind!!
Tonya Morris says
Autotrader Accelerate sounds like the perfect program for car-buying! I know what I will be using when I’m in the market next time!
Ann Snook-MOreau says
With so much to do around the holidays, this seems like a convenient way to shop for a new car. Best of luck with your new little one!
Elizabeth O says
Honestly, I wish I had this information when I bought my last 2 cars. It can be a long drawn and painful process. This simplifies it all. Bookmarked for my next car.
Great post and interesting. Love no hassle car-buying experiences.
Sri Mallya says
Oh wow. This just sounds amazing.
Amanda Winkle says
Glad to hear your holiday season is going well! Car shopping can be stressful, seems like you had a great experience!
I just purchased a new car and I totally could have used this site to help me! Wish I had known about it sooner.
I’m on the hunt for a new car myself. This sounds like a perfect way to make the process go a little bit faster and smoother!
Rachael Eberhardt says
Oh i agree, haha it’s funny that you feel the same way. Even a single thing that i forget to do or bring when going somewhere with my baby, brings a great stress. Big big stress. 😂
I’m shopping for a new car, but hate going to dealerships. It’s so time consuming and stressful. This looks so much better!
Flossie McCowald says
Hey, congrats on your pending arrival! I have never heard of this, but it sounds like a FAB time-saving resource!
Ouuuu this looks great, I’ll have to give this a try!
I don’t have a car yet but this post it gives me an idea about buying a car great tips!
it’s great to hear how this had made your experience easier and without the stress too!
This looks like a great platform that can offer us so many car deals. I’ll have to check this out since we are badly needed for one.
Jackline Kantanka says
Thank you for sharing this. We are in the market for a new car. Love using Autotrader.
Sally Pederson says
I have not heard of the accelerate part of AutoTrader. I will keep it in mind if I’m looking to get a different vehicle.
Sally Pederson says
I have not heard of the accelerate part of AutoTrader. Sounds like a great tool to use to save time. I will keep it in mind if I’m looking to get a different vehicle.
Justyna Butler says
I say that all the time! : ”
there just never seems to be enough hours in the day!” thank you for sharing all of your tips to manage the time better!
Firstly, congratulations on the (soon-to-be) new addition to the family. I’m sure everyone is excited. Secondly, I’m glad you have found something that suits your needs and takes some pressure off buying a vehicle with Autotrader Accelerate. It sounds like a great program as you can structure your car buying plan before visiting a car dealership, including sorting out the finances early in the process. And anything that saves time is a winner during this hectic holiday season.
This looks like great help when purchasing a car! Thank you so much for sharing!!
OOoo… stylish car… I am not much into big cars but its funny coz i loveeee shopping and big cars are your best friends for shopping… lovely pictures 🙂