Thing #70: This may not have been the wisest move August 15, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in 101 Things, random stuff.
Hey, look, another Thing!
Remember back a couple of years ago when I upgraded the Honda and bought my Tank?
Boy, I’ve put a lot of miles on that thing! Back and forth to work every day (18.6 miles each way), several trips to my parents’ house (80+ miles each way), not to mention a few trips to Jersey (350 miles each way) – I spend a quite a bit of time in the car, and it just makes sense to drive something comfy, you know?
Thing #70 is “Test drive a car I’ll never buy” and, once I worked up the nerve, I decided I could do that! Of course, my intention was to test drive something really cool – a Mercedes, maybe, or even a Porsche.
Wouldn’t it be cool to drive a low-slung, bright red Porsche along the Parkway? I remember when I took the Tank out after I replaced the turbo – va-ROOM!
But I didn’t test drive a Porsche, or even a Benz.
I tested a Honda Element. And a used one at that – Honda has, for some reason, discontinued production on the Element. And it’s kind of a shame, too. It’s a really cool car. SUV. Van. Something. (Do you suppose maybe that’s part of the reason they stopped making them – identity crisis?)
You’ll recall that I drove an Accord before I switched to the Volvo – I loved that Honda.
But here’s the problem. I test drove an Element, and, well, now I want one.
Badly enough to call the bank and pay off the Tank.
See, here’s the thing. I love the Tank – I love it a lot.
It’s comfortable as all get-out.
And roomy? Heck, we transported not just one, but TWO 100-pound (plus) beasts at the same time – and I never once heard “Mom, she’s touching me!”
Unlike the typical SUV, the wagon is low enough to the ground that Mr. Limpers is easily able to clear the tailgate – most of the time.
And the Volvo is safe – and it’s built to last. I’ll probably get several more years of pleasurable driving out of it.
But it’s expensive to drive.
Well, not expensive to drive, really – the mileage, while not what I was used to with the Accord, is certainly not bad.
But it’s a ten-year-old car, and ten-year-old cars have a way of needing repairs. Unexpectedly and with some disturbing frequency.
And the new, extended extended warranty is set to run out in just a few months.
Now, I could take the position that, heck, I’ve already replaced the turbo, the head gasket (ouch!), and the catalytic converter (ouch plus!) – what else could go wrong? Only I’m pretty sure lots of stuff could go wrong.
Or I could make haste to the nearest dealer and tell him to FIND ME AN ELEMENT. But it seems that, as a trade-in, the Tank is worth about a third of what I could get if I sold it outright. And really, do I want to fiddle around trying to sell the wagon AND find another car all at the same time?
I don’t know, actually. I might.
So what I’m going to do right now is wait. Sounds like a plan, no?
The Tank is paid for, it’s not due for inspection until January (or February – ha!), at which point it will need tires. So I guess I can bank those monthly payments for a few months and see what happens, huh?