Well, I just heard from the other party’s insurance company that I should expect to hear from their “total loss” department and be offered a settlement, probably in the range of $5,000.
Bloody fuck. So someone else smashes my car up and in return I’m going to get a half or a third of what I need for a suitable replacement. Hey, lady, you wrecked my car and now you’re giving me a $10,000 bill in return.
So, here we go again. I hate car shopping. I hate car dealers. I hate having to think about cars, but I need one.
My first car was a 1987 Toyota Corolla, which kept on going until 2004. I loved that car. When it absolutely could not be repaired any more, I ended up getting a 2003 Corolla LE, which I liked a lot at first (especially the roominess), but which was not as reliable as the 1987. Had a major breakdown just over a year ago and I spent $5,000 replacing the engine. Now it’s toast.
Now, what should I be looking for? I feel like I should try something other than a Corolla. I’m open to the idea of a Ford or a Chrysler, but I’m not sure I’m ready to trust American brands again after our family’s disastrous experiences with Plymouths, Oldmobiles, and Buicks in the 1970s and 1980s.
One of my big issues is seating comfort. I hate getting in a car and feeling like I’m stretched out on a Lazy Boy. I like to sit upright, with my knees bent and my shoulders directly above or even forward of my hips. I find that any time I get into a Honda Accord or Civic, I feel like I’m lying down, so I think Hondas are out for me.
I haven’t driven anything yet, but last night I wandered around and sat in a few cars, just to get a feel. I’m currently renting a Dodge Avenger, which seems okay, but my back doesn’t like the seat.
I visited a Nissan dealership last night and found the new Cube relatively comfortable to sit in, but a new car is probably beyond my price, and it doesn’t have a trunk. And my wife is going to refuse to get into a car that looks like a refrigerator on its side. I also found the Murano very comfortable, but it’s probably too much of a fuel hog and even the used ones seem to by way beyond my price range. There was a used Altima that seemed pretty comfortable too. Maybe I should look into some more of those.
Went to a Jeep place and loved the feel of a Wrangler. I love how close the dashboard is. I don’t have to stretch out and reach for anything. But who am I kidding. That’s too expensive, inefficient, and impractical. That place also had a used Chevrolet Cobalt, but I felt like I was sitting in a packing crate. Way too small.
Any thoughts? Advice? Plans for revenge against insurance companies?