It’s been a dismal week, from making arrangements for the oil-dripping corpse (I felt like I had just sent my poor horse off to the knackers) to doing frantic research on buying a new car to arranging for a car loan, etc. All stuff that might normally be fun, but not when crunched into a three-day period. (Besides, I had planned to drive my poor Esmeralda for at least another 3-5 years. I liked that truck. *sigh*) Also, I hate driving unfamiliar cars, to the prospect of road-testing 5 new (i.e. expensive) cars in a day is giving me the heebie-jeebies. Not to mention missing AIDS Lifecycle’s Day On the Ride on Saturday, for which I hope the idiot accumulates more bad karma.
Whining aside, I have made good progress. I have identified four or five models that I want to look at:
- Toyota Prius
- Toyota Tacoma
- Honda Fit
- Mazda 3 hatchback
- Nissan Versa
- and possibly the Subaru Outback/Legacy/Forester, although none of those gets as good mileage as I’m looking for
I have arranged a loan at an attractive interest rate so I don’t have to take what the dealer gives me (paperwork should be arriving today), worked out my budget and what I can afford to pay (something in the 20-25K zone should be all right – hopefully on the lower end of that), read through the complete Consumer Reports book on how to buy a car, talked to an auto mechanic friend about reliability of different models, etc.
Still left to do:
- Join Costco (today) so I can check out prices in their auto purchase program
- Test drives (Saturday)
- Research prices on the top contenders, and decide what model I want based on that
- Call/fax dealers looking for prices (Sunday/Monday)
- Sign contract (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday, depending)
- Take delivery (sometime mid next week)
Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy week. Hopefully I can get in some time for training. I’m afraid weaving is right out.
Tien, I’ve found Edmunds helpful in finding a fair price, negotiating, and comparing models. (I have no affiliation). I felt it put me back in control of the situation. Good luck. Jill
Yesh! Just glad you’re ok. That dude’s “carma” is due for a walloping! One of my co-workers has a Prius and he loves it. Good luck!