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new car [Apr. 28th, 2005|11:00 pm]
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Last week, I lamented the impending retirement of the poor old Subaru. I've known it was coming for a while, so I've been thinking about what to get next for a while. With the news that Suby is on its last legs, I finally got around to serious shopping.

Tuesday I started calling around to different dealerships to see what my options were for a particular car, and to put my name on a waiting list. Surprisingly enough, the second place I called had almost exactly what I was looking for in stock (the "almost" was the interior trim color, everything else was what I wanted)... so I bought it. Meet the new toy:
[2005 Toyota Prius]

It's a 2005 Prius with "super white" exterior paint, gray / burgundy interior (mostly gray), and option package #6.

At the moment, it has about 130 miles on it. :)

This is the first time I've ever bought a new car. I know that the money is not in my favor, especially with this car being in pretty high demand. (Stupid news stories about high cost of gas recently didn't make me any more confident of availability, either.) But the process was pretty painless, I paid basically MSRP+destination fee, and they didn't push the add-ons too hard. Still took four hours to complete the transaction, and I don't make so much money that the check for 31+k$ wasn't a bit of a wince.

But. New car! :)

It drives really well, and has some great geek toys in it (GPS+map, real-time MPG, steering wheel controls, "smart" keyless entry, etc etc). So far I'm averaging right around 40 mpg, and I'm told that will go up slightly after the break-in period. I look forward to taking it on long trips after that, as it is noticably thriftier on cruise control.

Hopefully this Prius will serve me just as well as the Subaru did.

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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-02 08:33 am (UTC)

money money money



especially with gas prices out in Cali!!

Forget just California -- deliriumdreams and I were paying 2.50 $/gal for midgrade in Phoenix this last weekend. I haven't looked here yet, would not surprise me if midgrade were up to 3.00 $/gal.

(Of course, I haven't put gas into the new car yet, still on first tank. Squeee!)

Sadly, even at 5 $/gal, the math takes a long time to work out in my favor. If I were really just minimizing money outlay (while keeping adequate values of drivability and reliability), I should've gone with a lightly used Civic for 10-15k$, then driven it into the ground.

Even if the Prius can get by on half the gas, that isn't much money (relative to the 2x cost of the car). My monthly commute is about 1200 miles, and I averaged about 19k miles/year on the Suby (26k in 1998-03, 156k in 2005-03). Suby got 22-25mpg, so let's say that I was going through 17000/24 or about 800 gallons a year.

At current prices, that's still less than 2.5k$/year. If I spend half of that, I'm saving 1.2k$/year; assuming a 10 year lifespan, that is only 12k$ total savings (and some of that is 2015 dollars, so "worth less".) Although, if gas continues going up in price, then my savings increase too. The "right answer" is probably to move much closer to work, but ... beach. :-/

On the other hand, I get to feel all righteous and geeky and "ongoing" thrifty / non-polluting, so. (I think the logic is: I have a girlfriend now, so I needed to do something to get my nerd quotient back up a bit... :)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-05-02 12:14 pm (UTC)

Road Trip!

I suspect you might be driving the prius a bit more. Especially if I have my way...
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