So how did we end up driving home in this?
He he, yeah, I guess you can't really walk into a dealership and just look at a car nowadays, can you? They badly want you to actually buy one.
Truth is, we were planning on buying a new car for a while now. Our old clunker (a 1991 Honda Accord) was not going to pass the upcoming smog test, had a dead AC and a passenger side window that won't roll down, it leaked oil, the transmission was dying and the breaks could use a break - you get the picture. Luckily, Mr. President was quite fond of us this tax year, so we didn't have to replace cluncker A with clunker B. I think the deal was officially sealed when they offered to take good old "Enterprise" (yep, that's what we called it) off our hands for a fair amount. We were contemplating this purchase for a long time, but to say that we were actually mentally ready for it - not really...
So what's the new Ward-mobile? It's a gunmetal grey Honda Civic LX
, brand new (oh, the new car smell!) with extra warranty up the wazoo. I can't believe I'm saying this on a such a "family car", and considering the impractical sporty/manly/concept cars Ant kept finding (how? I'll never know) but we actually love it!
We were pretty set on a Toyota Yaris
and were just going to take it around the block before we sign on the dotted line, but honestly - cute and affordable as it is - it handles like a cow (the car "sohevet ba'alia" if you have any Hebrew in you). Not a good feature when you live in LA. besides, the Civic was only about 2K more with a slightly larger engine, almost the same gas mileage and much much higher safety ratings, and it's smooth as butter.
I guess that you reach a certain stage in life, when you realize you've worked hard enough for long enough and you can afford to upgrade when it's worth it. From one bedroom to two bedrooms, from Ikea to West Elm
and from a compact "youngster" car to something that can handle more than two people and their groceries. But man, I didn't realize we got there already.
Now, for the really important stuff - any geeky Sci-Fi name suggestions?
Labels: Life etc.