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A Few Things 4.2.06

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Blogger Blake 5.2.06  

Today I test-drove a Mazda 3, and loved it so much that it’s going to be my next car. My dad has put down a deposit on one that will be delivered here in a couple weeks – a titanium gray 5-speed manual Mazda 3 i with the Touring and ABS/SAB/SAC packages. Hurray!

How can you afford that with a $20 grant? :-P

Congrats, though. Are you keeping your current car?

Blogger Sage 7.2.06  

How can you afford that with a $20 grant? :-P

Trust me, the budget was tight – we had to get a Mazda 3 i instead of an s, and my dad’s spending ceiling was $16,000, and this car cost $16,340… he was about to not get it, but I offered to pay the $340. That’s how tight it was – $340 is practically nothing in car terms, but he was just about ready to turn down that car because of that.

Congrats, though. Are you keeping your current car?

Well, I’m currently driving a 2000 Outback, which is really my mom’s car – she’s driving my 1993 Ranger right now. Once we get the Mazda, the Outback will go to my mom, and we’ll probably get rid of the Ranger. That thing’s simply not worth insuring anymore – it’s literally worth about $600.

Anonymous Blake 8.2.06  

Trust me, the budget was tight – we had to get a Mazda 3 i instead of an s, and my dad’s spending ceiling was $16,000, and this car cost $16,340… he was about to not get it, but I offered to pay the $340. That’s how tight it was – $340 is practically nothing in car terms, but he was just about ready to turn down that car because of that.

You couldn’t get the price down any lower?

Blogger Sage 8.2.06  

The dealer we were at had a no-haggle policy – they offer all of their cars at whatever price CarsDirect.com offers (which, for the Mazda 3, was about $500 below MSRP). Fine with me, since the local Honda dealer has a 10% markup over MSRP.