Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Car......

Well, it has almost come time for the AP's to come home and take their car back from us. Despite all the craziness that has occured with that car, we will be sad to see it go. It certainly holds some insane memories!!! The most recent of which you can read about on Shu's site.
Anywhoo, unfortunatly we are going to have to get a second car. Shu is going to be driving all over Michigan for his job (until he hires someone else) and I am going to be back and forth when I return to Kohl's (woohoo) and hopefully to take Jonah to some new places because he is really at the age where he LOVES discovering new things. Plus the general errands that moms need to run. So now comes the question - how? what? where? when?. HOW do we pay for this car (although no one reading this blog can really answer that - unless you have a winning lottery ticket you want to give me). WHAT kind of car do we get - make, model, new, used, lease vs. buy? WHERE do we get it from - ads in the paper or possibly Shu's cousin who works at a Chrysler dealership? And when - well, I guess sometime in August...
Shu's family seems pretty into leasing cars but I have always felt weird about it. Because you pay and you pay and you pay and you don't have anything at the end. Kind of like renting an apartment. On the other hand, if there is a problem with the car you just bring it back and they fix it. You don't have to pay and pay and pay when there are problems with it (like when the air stops working in the MIDDLE of the boiling summer.....twice).
So, I just thought I would throw this out there. What do YOU think of renting vs. leasing? Any Chryslers that are good?
I really know nothing about cars so we are starting from scratch here. Oh, except I really want a Dodge Intrepid because I had that as a rental car once and fell in LOVE with it. But it's not a Chrysler so I may be out of luck.

7 comments:

Veev said...

The difference between renting a car and renting an apartment is that car depreciate, while residential property tends to appreciate. It's not worth tossing money into a car to buy it, because it's not going to be worth that much in the end. A house will be worth more.

Then again, there is something to be said for not having to watch your mileage or other stuff for the turn-in. Maybe you should look into a cheap used, reliable car? Check out Consumer Reports.

Mrs. AP said...

So actually, we were thinking of asking you guys if you wanted to buy the Civic off us...

DonutsMom said...

You're kidding - right?

jmpjules99 said...

I wouldn't reccommend leasing if you're going to put a ton of miles on the vehicle, because if you go over your miles it's super expensive.

Mrs. AP said...

No, we are serious . . . . call us.

Olah Chadasha said...

If Adina is selling a Civic, I would take it. But, you should ask what year it is first. Anything before 95-96 is really garbage. Hondas are great cars. If you do the basic maintenance on them, they last forever. They get great gas mileage, run smoothly, and isn't a gas guzzler (which is important given how much gas costs these days). And, for economy cars, they have very good pick-up. The engines are very good.
If you want to go into Chrysler, you could buy a Dodge since they are a subsidiary of Chrysler. My dad has a Sebring, and he loves it. And, the lease price on it isn't bad at all. You might be able to get a pretty good deal on it if you've got a relative in the business. I would lease. The hassle of buying is just too much, and you never get back what you put into it. Also, with leasing, it's like you get to trade in a toy for a better and newer one every few years.
-OC

Mrs. AP said...

i second everything oc said about how wonderful civics are!! :) and ours is '98 so you're good. call us!!