Sunday, April 29, 2012

Just a Drive By

At some point soon I'll need to get a new car. Decision-making not really being my thing, this has been dragging on for quite a while.

The biggest problem is that I can't decide what I care about. Buying a house was relatively easy -- I had (X) dollars and my only real requirement was that it not have a pool. My realtor then showed me a bunch of houses that cost (X + $30,000) because that's what realtors do, and I bought one of them. (I occasionally, like last weekend, regret that pool requirement, but then I think about the likelihood that my pool would either be drained or full of green slimy water when I wanted to use it and realize that I made the right decision.)

The car requirements, though, change depending on my mood. Here is the list of number one requirements going back a few months:
  • Low cost
  • Good stereo with a way to connect my iPod
  • Little road noise
  • Great highway gas mileage
  • Not white
  • Four doors
  • Okay, at least three doors
  • Not a wagon
  • Fun to drive (high-torque, baby!)
  • Cheap
Unfortunately, depending on how you select from that list either no cars apply or a whole bunch of cars apply. It really didn't help things when Rvan told my the BMW 335d was "too much car" for me this week. Okay, sure, I'd probably end up in a ditch in less than a week, but still.

Anyhow, what will likely happen is that I'll just keep driving my Civic until it suffers from some catastrophic break down, at which point I'll walk to the nearest car dealership and buy the first thing I see.

Honestly I think that system is about as good as anything else...


JJ said...

I suspect that you are correct and will end up with another Civic.

Theresa B (of Nebulopathy) said...

If I could buy a Civic exactly like my 2002 model (but possibly with even better gas mileage), I would. Unfortunately, I've driven the newer civics (okay, a 2008 model at least) and I hate everything that they've changed about them. Also, they're now almost double the price.

If I win the lottery I'm buying a Tesla.

JJ said...

OK, I think I am getting a 2012 Impreza. This car fits a lot of your requirements.

Theresa B (of Nebulopathy) said...

Now I'm considering just not getting a new car and doing the Ted Kaczynski thing in a cabin in the woods (minus the sending bombs part).