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I Found My Love

June 20th, 2007 at 10:28 am

My little brother will be getting his license around December and because my current baby was passed down from my mom, it has to be passed down to my brother.

Which leaves me funding my own car (hence the savings goal of $20,000). I'm going to buy used and I think I found my new baby- a 2001 Honda Insight. It's a hybrid that gets 61 mpg city and 68 mpg highway.

Because we live in an area that gets snow (about 1-2 feet every year) I want a car that does well in the snow. My mom has a Toyota and my dad a Honda and both have come to my rescue when I get stuck in the snow (I drive a Dodge).

The Insight is priced between $10-12,000 (according to the Kelly Blue Book) and I was looking for something that was under 10K. But I think I can make an exception.

The only problem I will have is that it's a manual and I've only driven automatic. I will obviously have to learn how to drive a stick-shift before I test drive one.

I won't be buying a car until my brother gets his license so I still have a few months to research more cars.

7 Responses to “I Found My Love”

  1. annab Says:

    try the Toyota Yaris. It's an entry level Toyota (I have the Echo, which was the entry one from a few years back) and I'm really happy with it. We get quite a bit more snow where I live than 2 feet, and I've had no trouble. The Yaris starts at 11k, but it's new. The milage is lower (it's not a hybrid) but it's a nice little car at a good price.

  2. Amber Says:

    Way to go, you were able to save and buy cash that is great. Maybe the dealer/person would come down a bit since you are paying cash. Check out edmonds.com you can find great deals here for used cars

  3. Jenniflower Says:

    You'll love manual transmissions once you learn to drive one and get used to it! I was really horrible at first, but now I love manuals. Smile
    That 61-68 mpg will save you a ton of money!
    Good Luck!

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oooh, I love the fuel efficiency of the Insight!

    Realistically though, if I have a choice, I am more likely to end up with a Yaris, but that's just me.

  5. Cassandra Says:

    Thank you for your feedback! I will definetly test drive the Yaris; I didn't even look at new cars because I assumed that all of them would be over my budget.

    Live and learn. Smile Thanks again.

  6. koppur Says:

    Ooooh, I'm jealous. I want a hybrid so bad!

  7. anonymous Says:

    Make sure to check the costs of insuring the car before you buy.

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