A couple of weeks ago, Jen got into (what we thought at the time was) a little fender-bender. She and CJ are both fine and Jen’s car was (we thought) slightly damaged. She got it towed to the body shop and they were going to (through AAA) contact us and let us know the damage. Turns out there was a lot of internal damage to her car and it was deemed a total loss. Bummer.
So, now we’re going to have to get a new car and I get to drive it since it’s "my turn" for a new car. Cool!
I immediately wanted to go out and get a Honda Element, my current love interest. I love the look of it and it’s within our budget. I had a couple of other cars in mind, but nothing really piqued my interest like the Element.
Saturday, Jen and I wnet out to Tracy to check the Element out. We met with Ko Lo (yes, his name is Ko Lo) the Internet Sales Manager there and took the car out for a test drive. Man, was I disappointed with the car. I love the look of the car, but it just didn’t feel right. Mushy, no guts, funky view from the driver’s seat, no middle-rear seat for the baby’s carseat, stuff like that. So we decided to take a look at the Hyundai Tucson as well.
Wow. What a difference. Great get-up-and-go, handling was really nice, there was an armrest, middle seat for Claire, and reasonable price. Now I’m hooked. I’m actually trying to get the car through Costco’s auto program as Jen and I have a friend who was able to get a new car for BELOW INVOICE, don’t ask me how it’s possible to do that, but she did, so we’re giving it a shot. We should get a call from the San Leandro Hyundai dealer today to see what sort of deal we can get, but I’m really liking the Tucson and think it would be a good solution for the family as a whole and me in particular.