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Car Shopping

The search for a car continues. I’m pretty much stuck on wanting a Toyota. I’ve been looking at the Toyota Matrix and that’s the car I’m thinking I really want for myself, I’m just not sure I can fit the price tag for it under my belt. It’s an iffy situation. The car has half of what I’m looking for – which means to say it’s got the space I desire, but no 4WD or AWD options. That’s the pitfall of choosing this car, but I think in the long run it may not matter so much.

If I can’t fit it into the budget I have planned for myself, I think I /might/ be ok with the Corolla or the Camry as backups, with the plan to trade it in for something bigger/better later. I should probably go that route anyway, but I really, really want my first car that I purchase myself, for my very own, to be something that would sit well with me. It may not seem like it to anyone else, who has had their car for a long time, but it’s a huge, colossal deal for me, especially as most of the stuff I’ve ever gotten in my life has been either chosen for me or hand me downs. It’s nice to be able to decide for myself for a change. No one gets to make this decision for me. So, it’s important to me I get something that makes me at least somewhat happy.

The goal is to have a new ride by the end of October. I want to be able to go to electricsoup’s Halloween party without worrying about whether or not my car will break down on 495 or somewhere between MD and Virginia. Granted, her place isn’t that far away, it’d just be nice to feel secure going long distances anywhere, ever. I don’t have that security currently with the Jeep. I have to treat it like it would fall apart at any moment, and sometimes it has in VA. Stupid frickin’ radiator bottle is forever breaking, and that happened just a few weeks ago on the way home to my father’s house on the Eastern Shore of MD which is as far away as Leesburg, VA. It sucks. The Jeep is a colossal money pit. That has got to stop. It will stop. Soon.

Just a few more weeks, and I will be free to go wherever I want without worry. I also think it’ll go a long way to helping me with some of my issues of not being able to get out of the house. Not having a reliable ride affects where I go and what I do. Having less of a cabin fever feeling will be a wondrous thing. Yes yes. It will.

Now... just need to test drive the three different cars, and maybe consider the Yaris as an option as well, and then make a decision after I find out what sort of financing I can get and what we can make happen.

Here's to wishing me some phenomenal luck -- and hoping some of that kharma I've been storing up over.... stuff.... will work to my advantage.

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godessdiana
Sep. 20th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
When I planned for a new car, I wanted the Matrix too. I still do. They are cheap when bought slightly used and seem like an all around reliable car.
nynrose
Sep. 20th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
I allot myself $400.00 monthly for general expenses -- which is probably higher than needed, but that also includes food for me, specifically, since I generally don't eat Nancy/Scott's stuff. On top of that I save $350.00 a month. I think I can work the budget so I can fit the car, but it's at the expenses of paying my other bills off slower.

I hate the juggling game. I'd really rather just get one of these credit cards paid off before looking at buying a car, but at the same time my raise came with the expectation I'd be getting a new car. So, I'm working toward that goal. Want Matrix. So crossing my fingers.
haranalee
Sep. 20th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Pontiac Vibe
The Pontiac Vibe is essentially the same car as the Matrix. It was a joint venture between GM and Toyota. It has a corolla chasse. I drive a Vibe, and I have had ZERO problems with it in the 4 years I've had it--and I put 60 miles per day (4 days per week) on it for 4 years. Vibes do have a 4wd option, which I did not take, but I have nothing but good things to say about the car. Oh, and the Vibe is cheaper than the Matrix, IIRC.
usurpingivylj
Sep. 20th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yey for cars! Again! I'm glad you're finally almost nearly etc getting down to getting it done :)

You. Me. Food someday. IM Me :) I'll pick you up if I need to!
nynrose
Sep. 20th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Um. I don't think I have your IM. Page me you know where and lemme know what it is :)
jessypi
Sep. 22nd, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Lisa,

What I did was buy (lease) a car that I could live with and then when my lease was up, I traded up for "the car" I'd always wanted. It gave me time to save up and review what I wanted when I was ready to settle down with one vehicle...I still wanted the Explorer, so now...I have the explorer of my choice.
nynrose
Sep. 22nd, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm considering doing too. I want a bigger vehicle, that's for certain. We'll see how everything pans out though :)

This weekend I'm going to be test driving the carolla, camry and matrix of the Toyota versions, and maybe seeing about checking out Pontiac to see the vibe.
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