We knew when we got our first van that it would be short term since we hadn't really planned to get a van just yet but needed one to travel to FL when my dad was diagnosed with cancer & having surgery. Thanks to Donna's amazing haggling & negotiating skills we were able to get a brand spanking new van & keep our car payment the same :) Our old van was in great shape mechanically but it was getting up there in milage & starting to need lots of little fixes & we felt better just getting something new again.
Since we were planning this purchase & had more time to think about what we/I really needed & wanted in a vehicle, we did a lot of researching of safety, considering of things that we had or didn't have & wished were different & finally came to the conclusion of another van & one with stow-n-go this time.
Since we have split the boys up between the second & third rows, having stow-n-go is amazing! We're able to fold up & store the second seat in the second row right in the floor & no one including myself has to climb around it to get to the thrird row, so so easy to get the boys in & out now! It also gives us space to travel with the pups in a crate now instead of loose in the van which will be better for Haddie who has a little anxiety when we travel & jumps all over the place in the van. We also have in floor storage in front of the other seats & the trunk space is slightly bigger than our old van. Garren did think we broke the van though the first time he got in & one of the seats was gone, lol.
I love the piece of mind having a brand new car gives me! Now to find one of those stick figure familys, lol...