Car search now

My 1999 Honda Civic is toast. It had over 170,000 miles on it. It protected me in several wrecks, and has been a very reliable car to own and drive. I will miss my Civic.

Now I need to find another car. I can’t get around just on the scooter, unfortunately. So its time to do the research and see what is out there that is reliable and fuel efficient. I’m looking at another Honda. Mine did a great job, so yeah, I’m going to be looking at them. Another Civic, maybe the Fit. I might get an Accord if it works out right.

I’m also dreaming about the Mini Coopers. They are a fun and sporty little car. I have some misgivings about the little part. And some misgivings about maintenance on them once you get past the 3 year maintenance contract that’s included in the purchase price. I’ve been told that they are basically little BMWs, and that concerns me with long term maintenance costs.

Yikes.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Merry Christmas 2010

I want to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas! I hope your day is a good one.

Its been nuts in the last month. I’ve had several bumps along the way. If you’ve been watching the twitter sidebar in the last week, you’ve seen that I had a car wreck. I was rear-ended on my way home from work. Thankfully I’m here and not in the hospital. It broke my nose and totaled my car. But since it could have been much worse I’m counting my blessings for Christmas this year.

Car problems now

It looks like 2008 may be the year of cars for us. If 2007 was the year of computers (my work computer, my laptop,and DH’s computer all had major crashes), then we may be in a new phase.

DH was hit by a teen driver Saturday. The wreck messed up the rear passenger wheel, and possibly the axle. Neither the young man nor DH were hurt. And there was much rejoicing for that. But DH’s 1989 Jeep Wrangler is not safe to drive. And with 192,000 miles on it, there is a good possibility that the insurance company will simply total out the limited cash value of the old jeep, rather than pay for it to be fixed. After the police to the accident report, DH limped the jeep to a local service station to wait for the insurance adjuster and get an estimate on the damage.

Then Sunday we ran into another problem. We had originally planned to take my car to have service done on it on Monday. We put that plan on hold, since DH’s motorcycle is currently not running. We stopped by the jeep to pick up some things that DH had in the jeep still. After getting some of the things moved into my car, it wouldn’t start! No way, no how. Not good. So none of our vehicles were working Sunday evening. I had to call my mom to get her to take us to the airport to get a rental car while all of ours were out of commission. We picked up a small rental car to get us to work while we got our cars in order.

Yesterday morning we stopped back by the service station where both cars were sitting. We spoke with the owner about the cars and got the name of a local towing company. I got my car towed to the dealer to get it fixed. DH finally talked to the insurance agent for the claim. My car is now fixed, and the rental back to the company. We are still a one car family, but have started investigating what vehicle DH may want to replace the jeep. Its definitely going to be an interesting year!