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March 20, 2012

Car Buying Part 1: The Decision

This is about to be a long post...

Never mind. I will break it up into a series <adjusts title of post>. Read on!

I loved my Acura. She was this little blue sporty car, with leather seats and a good grip on the road. She cornered well, had a nice growl when you pushed the gas pedal, and I could drop the gears and pass almost anyone on a hill. I LOVED her. And I bought her on my own. She was my first. I wanted to have her forever.

If I had the money (and a partner who wouldn’t divorce me and a garage that could hold three cars), I would have kept her as a fun car, maybe even finally modifying her as a hobby. Because other than changing out the audio and adding in Bluetooth and a reverse sensor, she was stock. I bet she would corner really well if she was dropped a bit.

This photo is of us back in 2006, the year after I bought her. Funny, I've had several hair colors and styles since then but I am back to dark and long. 

This was taken for Ask Patty when I worked there. You can even read my article on why I bought her.

I sold her.

And I only cried a little. My partner rolled his eyes and told me to “get over it.”

Sure, I gave her anthropomorphic qualities, but don’t other people do that? I wanted to stay in touch with the new owner actually. The conversation with my partner went like this:

Me: Do you think I could ask the new owner for update pictures of the car? Like, so I can see if they modify her?
Him: <screws up face and looks at me like I am at once crazy and an asshole>
Me: I guess that’s a little crazy…
Him: Yep.

In February I had decided that paying $6 for a gallon of gasoline was out of the question. My Acura required premium gas. (This last weekend I saw premium for $4.83 so it was going to get there!) The prices together with the commercial that featured the cutest little baby Prius, and my card-carrying liberal status meant I needed a hybrid.

We did the math. It basically was a wash. So it wasn’t cheaper to buy a new car, even as a hybrid – it is rarely a good investment to buy any car for that matter – but the monthly cost of gas would be less, and I felt that there was social pressure to do good. Also, if I was being realistic with myself, the Acura was only going to sell for a good amount if I sold it before it hit 150,000 miles. It was already at 136,000.

So the decision was made...stay tuned for more installments. 

Breanne Of Roaring Corgi
It's a blog. About my misfit dogs and how they (ruin) improve my life. And other things.


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