Click above for a video of Emma getting her truck!
We've been looking for about 3 months now for Emma's "first" vehicle. She had some things she wanted - older, big, 4x4. It didn't need to be fancy, or even pretty, just able to go anywhere and big enough that she would feel safe in it as a young first time driver.
She for sure wanted either a truck, bronco, or older Jeep. Other than that, she just wanted us to pick it out. Making decisions totally freaks her out, especially big ones, and spending money causes her to break down in tears, so she really just wanted us to surprise her. That said, we both spent time on line with her looking at rigs so we would have a good idea of what she was wanting, and what her expectations, combined with our budget, could come up with.
There was a common theme that developed that is my pet peeve. The first truck she looked at, the guy said it's really not a "girls first vehicle" truck. Later, the owner of a 89 Bronco with a 4inch lift responded to our inquiry by saying "this isn't for your daughter, you realize it has a 4 inch lift, right?"
Grrr. Don't even get me started.
Yesterday, Saturday, on my second Craigslist check of the morning (I had been checking it a few times a day), I caught a fresh listing and we jumped on it. Emma was with friends and had no idea we had taken off to check out a truck.
Super nice guy, super nice truck, very well taken care of. He listed off all the work he'd done on it, how he had taken care of it, all the stuff it had.....it's just pretty awesome. We followed him over to a shop and had it smogged, which it passed no problem.
And just like that, we had bought Emma her first truck!
She was totally shocked, and totally grateful.
It's a beauty! She's a 98 Chevy Silverado, 4x4, power everything, towing package, kc lights, running boards, 6 inch lift (take that, bronco guy), lots of other extra stuff. The interior, which for some reason i don't have pictures of....but it's super clean, no tears or anything. The owner took really good care of it. Oh, it also had dual exhaust and is super loud! Like sets off car alarms loud. I totally love it and will drive it as much as I can in the next 2 weeks before she gets her permit!
I found an interior picture. That's her friend Kyle, who actually sat in it before Emma knew she even had a truck.