Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Clé en Main

"Key in hand." This is the phrase that the salesman used to tell us the final price of our new car. In a providential misunderstanding due to the language barrier, David inadvertently negotiated a lower price. Those who know David well know that he would never purposefully ask for a lower price. That is usually my job. But thanks to our inability to communicate in French, we saved a whopping 1000 Euros off of the sticker price--bringing us in at 2,500 Euros BELOW our car-buying budget! Way-to-go, David and Thank You Lord!

And while I am thanking people, let me say with heartfelt gratitude, "Merci Beaucoup" to all have given money to Four For France over the past two years. It was the accumulation of your gifts that allowed us to pay cash for this car, and we are deeply, deeply grateful.

Now to all who want the gory details (Dad!), here are the specs on this beauty:

It is a 2007 Opel Zafira with 47,500 Kilometers (which is just under 30,000 miles), has had only one owner, and has never been in an accident. There are seat belts for up to seven people, which means when you come to visit we can cart you around in style! The 1.9 Liter Turbo-Diesel engine has a lot of get-up-and-go, and we have discovered that diesel fuel is actually cheaper than unleaded gasoline in France. We love the manual transmission--all 6 gears. Opel cars are made in Germany, but I believe they are owned by GM.

Love it! Love it! Love it!


  1. I bet it felt good to check "buy a car" off the list.

  2. It has been fun reading of your adventures getting to France and now trying to settle in also. Praise God for your new car! I looked up Massy, France and discovered we are just a little over 4 hours away from you-We live in the Kaiserslautern area-in a cute little town called Hutschenhausen. We are practically neighbors! :) We are praying for you.