Wife and I are making our annual trip back to mainland to visit kids, grandkids, great grands, friends, and stuff. This year will start early June in Seattle, WA and pass through - Denver - Okalhoma City - Dallas - Corpus Christi - to the Augusta/Atlanta area. Then return at the end of November to Hawaii. There may be a side trip to San Francisco in the Seattle to Denver segment. Lots of little flights for the two of us and car/van rentals along the way.
Brainstorm (wife may consider it a stroke;)) is to buy a 6+ passenger van/suv/something in Seattle and drive the route. At the finish in Augusta/Atlanta, sell the vehicle. Comfort and space.
Why 6+? At most stops there will be us two, two adult kids, and two grandkids or great grandkids.
My thought is since we have few exact dates we have to be anywhere, why tie us down to airline tickets/cancellations. Plus we get to avoid stop-overs, security, baggage lugging, rental cars. If we drive, we can see what we want along the way (Seattle to Denver is the long trip - lots of National parks and scenery and places we’ve never been along the wandering way). Though a geezer, I’m still a good driver and the wife pitches in. Gas is free so I hear now-a-days back in the mainland.
Selling the car. We’ll be in Georgia for a month at least so no pressure for a quick dump or the kids could upgrade one of their vehicles (moving from 2 rugrats to a third - baby due mid-Sept).
My price point to buy is sub $8500; lots of options with decent miles on them 2008 to 2012: Honda Odyessy/Pilot, Toyota Sienna/Highlander, Acura MDX, Mazda CX-9, Ford Flex, Kia Sedona, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90. Get one with recent service (I’ll get a pre-purchase inspection in any case), drive it for the extimated 7000 miles we’ll cover and sell at the end. The big part of depreciation is done so I should get close to purchase price - within $2000 we should be ahead of all the airline tickets and other rentals needed along the way. And we get to set our own schedule for the most part. Lousy weather, we stay another day, etc…
One example is an Audi Q7, one owner, 117k miles, complete service records, only $250 above the NADA wholesale. Pricing it for Atlanta with now having 126k miles at good private party sale, I should make a $1500 profit (breaking even would be just fine).
Whatttayyaaathink? Am I mad?
All bets are off pending VIRUS complications.:eek: