I’ve long been a believer in three things:
NEVER buy a new car, you loose money as soon as you start her up
NEVER buy a foreign car, because I WANT people in Detroit to have jobs
NEVER buy anything less than luxury car, because I LIKE luxury
SO…I’m having a problem with the suspension on my sexy Lincoln Mark VIII and the shop wants $1500 to fix it. I get pissed. At the same time, the local Hyundai dealership sends me a promo. Come and test drive a Hyundai and get a whatever. So I go. I take a 2004 Sonata for a spin.
Imagine my horror. It’s smooth. It’s quiet. It’s the most comfortable ride I’ve had in years. Hm. It’s got leather, it’s got the sun roof, it’s got the CD-player. It’s got the tinted windows. It’s got the V6 engine. I’m starting to get DOUBTS.
My wife, who drives a late-model Continental, takes it for a spin. She LOVES it. Hm.
So I talk to the salesmoron. TEN YEAR bumper to bumper warranty. Hm. Sticker price is $20,000 but they have exceptional financing and he’ll give me $7,000 for my Mark VIII.
I’m starting to like this.
Bottom line, I got the Sonata and don’t regret it for a second. My car payment and my insurance went down significantly. So did my gas bill (the Sonata loves 89-octane).
Some people still say Hyundai is junk. I say, take her for a spin and see.
I figure I’ll drive it for a couple of years and then sell it (with an 8-year factory warranty bumper to bumper still on it) and get something else.
I DO miss the V8 a little bit, but all in all it was a great trade-off.
AND I managed to break three principles at one fell swoop.