A few months ago (has it been half a year already?) I bought a new car. Paid around $14k. Since getting it, I’ve saved about $1000 in reduced monthly payments and fuel consumption. With fuel prices skyrocketing and no end in sight, demand for high-efficiency vehicles like mine has gone way up. Used Priuses are selling for more than new ones. Car companies are taking major hits on sales (except Honda, which, not surpsingly, saw a huge spike in Q2). And, as I expected, AutoTrader is filling up with low-mileage high-MPG cars. And they’re selling at a premium:
A friend of mine is going car shopping right now. She did in fact read my posts on the subject, and said she felt prepared – aww, I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside now. One of the cars she was considering was a Dodge. It just so happens that she was considering it because of Dodge’s “$2.99 Gas Guarantee”. You know the one – this is where they sell you fuel at $2.99 / gallon for the next three years, up to 12,000 miles per year.
After being thoroughly disgusted with the conduct of Ciocca Honda this past Saturday, I ventured back to Faulkner Honda on Paxton Street. I’ve had outstanding experience with Faulkner Honda in the four years since purchasing my Element there. Despite being undercut by Ciocca, Faulkner Honda’s conduct earned my business. The only question now was which car to get.
In my last few posts, I detailed my adventures on purchasing a new car from among our fine selection of local dealerships. Remember that I had narrowed my choice down to the Honda Civic LX versus the Honda Fit Sport, and that the Nissan Versa and Scion xD had both been dropped.
Day three of my 2008 Car Buying Adventure ™. Today I went to my second Toyota and Honda dealerships to see if I could get any better deals. Remember, by this point I’ve pretty much narrowed my choice down to the Honda Civic, Scion xD, or Honda Fit. The Nissan Versa has been knocked out of the running due to its overall lackluster performance as well as the conduct of the rep at Faulkner Nissan.