March 30, 2015

Car Shopping

I'm considering replacing my car.

Now, the family tradition was to drive a car until it was totaled or until it is utterly uneconomical to repair. My current car doesn't qualify. It's an '04, but it's seriously only got 60k miles on it. It didn't get used much while I was deployed, and then when I was in university I found it was faster to ride my bike right up to the building I had class in compared to finding a parking space and walking.

But the latest Consumer Reports magazine was their car issue, and it had a checklist for "Should I keep my current car?" Mine is a great candidate for keeping, what with being low mileage and in good shape mechanically. But it lacks pretty much all recent safety features. It has no side-curtain airbags, no traction control, and doesn't even have anti-lock brakes. CR recommends replacing a car without those.

Further, it's a coupe, not a sedan, and the two-door configuration makes getting people or stuff in the back seats a huge pain in the rear, if you'll pardon the pun. Also it's a stick shift, which is fun, but my wife still hasn't learned how to use it. That means we can't trade cars, so we're missing out on one of the advantages of being a two-car family.

I'm currently thinking about getting a new Honda Fit. I'll have to schedule a test drive sometime. There are several dealers in the area, so that shouldn't be hard, and also if I decide to get one I can get bids from all of them.

Posted by: Boviate at 04:11 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 Fit is nice. My daughter has a '14, which is a previous generation now. One thing to note, however, is that '15 comes with a CVT. Durability and longevity of that thing is unproven... Unless you opt for a manual, which is carry-over. Which you cannot do, because wife (I have one of those too).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wednesday, June 10 2015 12:36 PM (RqRa5)

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