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17 December 2009 @ 10:28 am
car shopping  
Well, I took a vacation day yesterday to do some Christmas shopping, but after the ancient car her dad gave us started leaking in the rain and got one of its mirrors knocked off by a passing car, K. decided we should go car shopping instead. It was my first time shopping for cars since I bought my used Ford LTD almost twenty years ago and the first time shopping for a new car for either of us. Since most of our driving is in the city, we decided to get a hybrid.

We test drove three cars. The Ford Fusion hybrid was an amazing car with some really neat gadgets, but at nearly 29k a lot more than we wanted to pay. The Toyota Prius was the car we expected to buy, but frankly it did not impress us. It felt too fragile and toylike, the controls too purely electronic, like playing a video game. The winner, we think, will be the Honda Insight. Not only does it drive exactly like our current car (a 98 Cutlass), it was also the cheapest one we drove. We even managed to unintentionally haggle the price down another two thousand dollars (to 19k) simply by repeating our intention to go home and sleep on it. We're still sleeping on it, and doing some more research, but I think we'll have a new car soon. The only down side is that they only offered us a hundred bucks for our old car, so instead we're going to give it to WXPN, our excellent local public radio music station, for a tax write-off.

Listening to: Joan Jett - "Bad Reputation"
micahlaerm on December 18th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
congrats. if buying a car for city driving mostly, then the insight is a good choice. either that or a smart. small cars own the city. :)

hm, man hands?
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on December 19th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
hmmmmm...... they are mannish, aren't they? Adding the appropriate tag.
micah: x-fileslaerm on December 19th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
here's hoping that's an under-utilised tag. ;)
(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)

We rented a Prius this summer for a road trip and I really enjoyed it. I don't really know much about the Insight, but it got to be a hybrid so you're on the right path anyway.

Take Care

// Wildcattin
zantimisfit on December 22nd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I meant to ask you if you considered the Smart. Also in your area is there a wait for a Prius or Insight?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on December 22nd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
We didn't really consider the Smart Car. Have you driven one?

No wait at this time.
zantimisfit on December 22nd, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I have driven a Smart. And indeed they are small. But I would be very inclined to get one as a commuter car if I lived closer to where I work and I wasn't worried about how it handles in the winter (although I have heard with proper tires, they handle adequately). Generally speaking they handle turns well and they are zippy enough but I would not want to drive one for long distances. The ride feels how you think it would feel - bumpy.