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how am i feeling? okay i guess.

my neck hurts a little. my mind still can't wrap itself around this. but i have alot of nice friends and people around me who are kind and that means i'm a little less freaky and a little more calm. i got the rental car, that is about as far as i *could* get with all the accident paperwork; no one can apparently officially file anything in under three business days, the police, my insurance company, anyone. SIGH. i avoided going to the place where my car is being stored to clean it out, because i don't know, i just didn't feel up to it. hopefully i will go tomorrow, i hate leaving my junk there. also good news: i called my manager and told him what happened and he told me not to come in saturday. he is nice.

tonight (last night?) i went to the macaroni grill to celebrate zarobi and scott's pre-wedding marriage and had a great time. on the way over i was like, oh god, i can't do this, but when i got there i relaxed a little and everything was fine. i'm a lucky gal, is all. despite my apparent bad luck! it's all a ruse!

i think i'm too tired to be posting because i'm not making any sense. i really like this rental truck. i have a few questions that i guess... well, it's un-journal like to ask but i feel like i need advice. i don't know if i should seek financing for a car when i get to that point. i don't know if i should just try to find another cheap car. and i don't know at all what kind to try to get. i really like this chevy S-10 that i'm renting! it is the bomb. what should i consider? should i get a more FUN car because i've been in cheap cars all this time? should i get the SAFEST car, like a volvo, because i apparently am a crash magnet? should i get another practical, fuel-efficient, car? should i get a truck? i have no idea.

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professorbooty
Oct. 12th, 2002 02:42 am (UTC)
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As far as trucks, ask some people with more experience driving them how they handle in serious weather, especially snow. I think the very low weight in the rear can make them weird, but I could be wrong.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2002 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: ...
thanks - i didn't even think about that! but you definately have a point. i can't picture myself driving in snow right now. Aigh.
swartzdk
Oct. 12th, 2002 04:38 am (UTC)
Cars
The trouble with trucks is that to be safe you have to get a "BIG" one. That means bad gas mileage and fun putting it in a parking space. Crown Vics are good but you aren't a member of the blue hair brigade yet. Look for low milage, good gas consumption, AC, comfortable seats, a good stereo amd a price tage you can pay cash for. You are not a crash magnet just having a run of bad luck. I understand white vans are real cheap at this time.
tzel
Oct. 12th, 2002 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: Cars
On a serious note, remember my little white Toyota van. NO pickup, but good gas mileage and room to haul stuff. the down side is no front end, so I don't know how it would deal with impact, but people hit me in the side and back all the time... Maybe you need a volkswagon van... heh... Orange.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2002 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: Cars
I think I couldn't deal with how much of a land sail it was. Every time the wind blew it around I'd probably flip out. But it would fit into the price range. :)
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2002 07:47 am (UTC)
Re: Cars
I can't believe you actually put good stereo on there!!! But you have a point. I go insane without one.

As far as something I can buy with cash, well, that would be nice but it would be so nice to have a newer, nicer car for once... I'm going to consider financing as an option this time. Of course I'll look for something I can buy with cash but I'm not ruling out that I might go down to carmax and see what kind of deal they can do for me that hopefully doesn't involve 16 percent interest.

Can you think of a good size truck I can get with cash? :-/
cheetahmaster
Oct. 12th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC)
I'm always voting for practical and fuel efficient, myself. Though, considering your bad car-ma (hahahahahahaha I am so funeee) you might want to notch safety a bit higher-up on the scale. And less, uh, disposible this time.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2002 07:43 am (UTC)
I used to get 35 miles to the gallon with the aspire. I'm not sure what cars are safer but I will be doing plenty of research this week I'm sure!!
rob_donoghue
Oct. 12th, 2002 10:02 am (UTC)
To that end, for $3.95 you can get a 1 month memembership on the consumer reports website (consumerreports.com), which is plenty of time to do some serious comparison research on autos.

At last I checked, the market was pretty good for financing, so you've a decent chance to lock in a good rate.

So what do you use your car for? I love trucks, for example, but I also like hauling furniture around, so that's handy. If you want storage, trucks are good, but station wagons and mini-suvs (like the subaru forester or Nissan X-terra) are nice. Trucks (and small SUVs) also are generally taller, which a lot of people like because of the increased visibility. if you have no specific needs like this, no harm in goign what you think will be comfortable and fun.

Good Luck!


snidegrrl
Oct. 14th, 2002 02:16 am (UTC)
As far as consumer reports; I like hard copy so I went to Border's and got the book. Cost about twice as much but I can carry it anywhere. :)

Financing is probably where my biggest concern lies. I have terrible credit.

My specific needs are a pretty short list. Most of my driving consists of the highway; 40 miles to work and 40 miles back, usually light traffic since I work overnights. I like to have the option of hauling around a ton of junk if I need to. I have two big concerns right now with the truck that are vying with "fun" on the positive side: that they are less stable and safe than a regular ol' car and that they are harder to park on a street.

But right at the moment, nothing else is grabbing me at all. Other cars all seem dull and colorless to me. I am hoping this obsession will pass and I can make some kind of rational decision by the time I get the insurance paid out. :)
omphaloskepsis
Oct. 14th, 2002 12:21 pm (UTC)
Dull and Colorless?
Dull and Colorless can be fixed.
Just take a look at www.artcars.com (Not that I'm on an art car kick at all - nope, not me)
I'm always a big fan of the slightly used ( aka you don't have to deal with the depreciation of driving off the lot) car. I saw a thing on NBC nightly news and they said used car prices are the lowest they've been in years ( people trying to trade in their cars are getting screwed). So you may want to check out the 1-3 yr old car.

If you wanna haul stuff, I must say the station wagon is cooler than you think it is, and it also means you can haul stuff in the rain. They also make a lovely large canvas for you to express your own personal style in the form of the art car :)

Also, for hauling stuff, check out hatchbacks. My car is a 1981 toyota tercell and I can haul a ton of stuff in it, most people are surprised at what it can handle.

Just make sure whatever you get has a good rating for reliability and safety and you'll be golden.
snidegrrl
Oct. 14th, 2002 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Dull and Colorless?
I guess I'm thinking of dull and colorless in a more figurative sense, as in, the only vehicles catching my eye and my fancy right now seem to be pickups. However, you better believe I've had a lifelong dream to apply a custom paint job to my very own car...

As far as the used car, there is no question. I doubt that unless I someday win the lottery I will ever think it's anything but a waste to buy a brand new car. I guess someone has to do it but it's not me. I just want to upgrade from having VERY used cars to having SORTA used cars. :) Also, more recent cars (like '96 and up) tend to have airbags, and pass emissions inspections more certainly. Since I'm so keen on safety right now, and don't want to have to do any work on the car, I feel like I ought to stick to the 96-00 time frame.

In regards to station wagons: I am the girl that thinks the VW Vanagon is sexy. So I will definately be looking at the station wagon options. The problem is that in recent years the station wagon market seems to have been swallowed up by the SUV market, something I find very disappointing. There are Volvos (too expensive), Focuses (possibly reasonable), and Jetta/Passats (also prohibitively expensive) right off the top off my head. I have loved my last two hatchbacks. Ford Aspires are even still on the list of things I will look for even though after crashing two of them people would think I was insane to buy another.

I heart hatchbacks. And they're really hot right now. I'll be looking at the Civic and the Focus ZX3 as well. But not new. Never new!
rubinpdf
Oct. 15th, 2002 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've always been leery of purchasing a used car. To my mind, why would someone sell it unless there was something wrong with it?
I drove my Dodge Colt for 13 years. It wasn't until it was showing signs of potentially big problems (there was gasoline in the oil) that I reluctantly bought a new car (about 2 years ago). So far, it's never had to go into the shop (apart from oil chnages).
I like my Hyundia Accent alot - and there's a hatchback version available BTW. From the research I did 2 years ago, it was the best quality car for the least amount of money.

snidegrrl
Oct. 15th, 2002 10:39 pm (UTC)
To my mind, why would someone sell it unless there was something wrong with it?

For once I agree with you, but the fact is that there is this whole school of thought out there of people who feel that they MUST GET A NEW MODEL CAR EVERY YEAR. I think that this is crazy. So there are people who sell cars just because. Also, often the verified used cars are rentals or ex-leased cars, so people didn't get rid of them because they're bad.

Everyone tells me not to buy Hyundai, you are the first to weigh in on the positive side on that make. I will keep your advice in mind though!
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