As I mentioned in my last post, I’m retiring my 2003 Honda Element EX. It has been a bullet-proof tank / snowmobile of a car that I’m really going to miss. But between getting a lower monthly payment and a 63% increase in fuel efficiency, the lure of a new car has finally gotten to me. Yesterday, I saw Faulkner Honda about a Fit Sport and Civic LX. Here are my Day #2 experiences at Faulkner Nissan (Versa 1.8 S) and Harrisburg Toyota (Scion xD).
The time has come to retire the Element. After 105,000 miles and four years of getting me through hell and back, the Element’s final gift to me was the retention of over 50% of its resale value despite being five model years old. With Honda and Nissan running 2.9% and 3.9% financing through this weekend, I decided that the time was right to slip into something a little more fuel efficient. I checked out the Honda Fit, Honda Civic, Nissan Versa, and Scion xD. This post isn’t about the cars themselves, but about the local dealerships that I dealt with.