I, of course, don’t know yet the status of my car. To total, or not to total. I don’t know when the adjuster is going to be able to get out to look at it, but I think if I hear something by Tuesday that’ll be about right (do adjusters work on the weekend)?
So I’ve been thinking about what I want to do if it turns out I do, in fact, need to purchase a new vehicle. Right off the bat, when I say “new”, I mean “new to me.” I’m not buying a brand new car. It’s a waste of money. Drive it off the lot, it drops in value by thousands of dollars.
I. Love. Carmax.
I also love my Celica. LOVE IT. I’d like to get another Toyota, possibly even another Celica (Carmax has an 01 GT with 49k, that’s newer than my current one …). It’s a great, fun, economical car … and it looks effin’ sexy, and its got a hell of a responsive engine. I love it when the engine roars and I’m pressed into the seat as I accelerate up a winding country. I love as I shift, I love driving that effin’ car.
What I want in a vehicle:
* Manual Transmission.
* 30mpg or better.
* Good handling.
Um. That’s about it. I mean, y’know, CD player, of course. But if the car I get doesn’t have one, I can always put one in. That’s the bling, and I’m interested in the foundation, dig?
Initially, I wanted to get something super cheap, but if I am faced with buying a new car, I’ll be keeping it for a minimum of five years or until I (grrr) total the thing, so I don’t want to buy an ancient piece of junk. Besides which, I sort of require a super reliable car so as to make $$.
I really shouldn’t be thinking about this now. I don’t even know that I’m going to be needing to buy a new car. I getting ahead of myself, here.
If I have to buy a new (used) car, I think I’m leaning towards a Toyota Matrix. They come in manual, they get excellent MPG (better than the Celica, even), and they’re dirt cheap (even brand new). I wonder how their performance is …