I’m in the market for a new car. This is all new to me. Never bought a new car before in my life.Considered it once or twice, but then always went for the cheaper, used option (or hand-me-down from family, long, long ago!). So I want to make sure I make the right choice.
Here’s what I’m considering:
Option #1 – The Toyota Prius.
This car is very soothing to the sensible side of me. It calms the wanna-be tree-hugger deep down inside. But, in reality, the incredible gas mileage is really and truly lost on me. I currently drive a Jeep Cherokee, and only filled the tank once in the last three weeks. Still have half a tank, even though this weekend I actually had a “date night.” So, better for the environment, yes, but I’m thinking I’m not really the target market for this vehicle. Plus, the inside is really, really small, and there’s no hatch really, to speak of. The battery is back there, and there’s virtually no room for stuff, much less a 5-year old to change into his soccer practice clothes!
Option #2 – Scion HB.
Okay, now I KNOW I’m really not the target market for this car, but it’s appealing to my space needs. I’m pretty much over the fear of the Scion name-brand, since it’s actually made by Toyota, and the shape of this car has been looking better since 2007. Much less like a pickup truck with a box around it, and more like a low-rider SUV. It gets just “okay” gas mileage, but like I said before, that’s pretty much lost on me – I drive 2 miles to my office, another two miles from there to pick Zac up from school, then another 2 miles back to the house. I live, work, and do the mom-thing in a teeny tiny triangle. What’s really appealing about this car is the price, and that may just be what gets me. I can soup this thing up with whatever the heck I want, and still have a car payment of about $250/month. Very easy to double up on if I want, and easy on the wallet in case the miracle of all happens, and I find an affordable, safe place for my son and I to live – you know, somewhere where we actually pay rent, not just a bill here and there to help out!
Option #3 – The Dodge Caliber.
I just plain think this car looks cool. It also has the price going for it, since it’s a very reasonably priced car. Size-wise, it’s pretty similar to the Jeep, which is also very appealing, considering my son’s love for changing into his soccer gear in the back of the car. Seems he no longer thinks it’s cool to go into the ladies room with mom. Go figure.
The hesitation with this one is that I’m hearing about company troubles with Dodge. Something about a takeover, or buy-out or something else. I’m going to go research some more and see what I can come up with, but I’m also looking forward to a free night or weekend where I can do some test-driving.
I also won’t buy from a salesman who treats me like I don’t know anything about the car. In this day and age, I think they should expect that the customer has researched a bit in advance, and not try to tell you things like “well, you can’t get a standard transmission in anything but the top of the line model.” DUH. Like I haven’t “built” online versions of the car and know that they can get any model in any transmission I want (minus the Prius, of course). The Dodge dealership in Waldorf, MD is already off my list because of a silly mistake like that!
Wish me luck!