So… We’re Buying A New Car
My lovely wife (lovely in part because she’s very frugal) surprised me a few months ago in announcing we need a new car. OK, let me clarify, she needs a new car. I have a daughter that’s about to start driving and the vehicle that has transported the family for the last 11 years will now be her protection (errr, transportation). A 2000 Volvo V70 is the perfect vehicle for a 17 year old.
My wife Mariko is not a car person. The only car vehicle she can spot right away is a Honda, and that’s only when she’s sitting in it since the seats hit her back in a very unique way.
So I have begun the process of winnowing down the endless choices for her. It’s one thing to review a car, it’s another to agree on one and buy it. For the past month I’ve been pointing out cars and logging the ones she likes and doesn’t. There are three main points she must have- 1) It has to be practical (a wagon, hatch or crossover), 2) It has to be reasonably priced, and 3) she needs to be able to see out of it.
That last one is becoming an issue. This woman is packed with personality though at 5’1″ she’s very petite. Today’s aerodynamic designs are laying the windshield pillars back dramatically and when she adjusts the seat to reach the wheel, the A pillar can block her left side vision. Have to admit I didn’t quite take it seriously until I wedged myself into her position and found the view to be kind of scary at times.
So here’s the list we’re starting with (in no particular order)-
Subaru Outback or Forrester
Volkswagen Tiguan, Golf and Jetta Sportwagen
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Toyota Venza, Highlander and RAV4
Kia Soul, Sportage and Sorrento
Chevy Equinox and Volt
Ford Focus and Edge
This initial list varies a lot because of the visibility issue and because Mariko isn’t entirely sure what she wants from a car, just that she doesn’t want a sedan. She likes the price and utility of the Kia Soul but has quickly found out the difference between a car that costs 18K and one that’s 40. It’s doubtful the expensive cars will survive the cut, she can afford them but just doesn’t want to. She is very intrigued by the Volvo City Safety system though and the fact that the Volt can save money by running on electricity.
Finally, since this is her car I have promised her that I won’t pressure her into something I want. Though I think the CTS-V Sport Wagon pictured above would be a most excellent compromise, she has dismissed it outright. Hey I drive 60-70 cars a year so I can live with that. So every few days I will check in and let you all know what’s happening with the process. This could get interesting. I think I know what she will end up with and have written my prediction on a slip of paper, put it in an envelope, and given it to her. Let’s see how well I know her.