Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I want a new drug... err, car.

I hate my car. It's effectively a death trap at the moment. It has no air bag, the driver's side seatbelt is broken, the door only opens about half the time and the automatic transmission has trouble shifting sometimes. Of course, that's also not mentioning the poor gas mileage, the fact that it's not reliable enough to take outside the city, all the malfunctioning warning lights, the broken components (washer-fluid switch and the like) and the 240k miles on it.

It's been a good car for my family, but I'm freakin' tired of it and want something new.

What I want is where the issue comes in. I want a sports car; but not just a generic cheap one. The reason I say that is because it seems like everyone in this city owns a Grand Am, and though they look like sports cars, they aren't. If I have a car that looks fast and maneuverable, I want it to be fast and maneuverable. I've been looking at everything from Camaros to Firebirds to BMWs to Subaru WRXs to 3000GTs. The real problem comes in that I have about $9000 to spend on this thing...that severely limits the sports car market.

I've found a bunch of cars I like, but they're all in other states, so I can't go check them out. I went to various dealerships today and didn't really find anything that appealed to me in my price range; I did find a 1969 Camaro that was very sweet, but it cost about $19,000, so it's not really a possibility.

I'm being picky here, but that's because this is the first time I've ever actually had a say in my car. The cars I've had so far have been either a hand-me-down that half the family drove (the Pontiac I now own) or a cheap car my mother won in a drawing at dealership (a Plymouth Acclaim). They were good cars to start with and to get used to driving, but now I'm a 20-something male, almost done with school, and frankly, I want a freakin' sports car! Sure, it's not economical to do so, but when it will be economical to do so I'll probably be in my late 20's or early 30's and ready to start a family, in which case I'd want a nice sedan, not a sports car. Right now, I don't have a family nor am I about to, so a fast sports car with very little room is a somewhat logical choice, and it's one I'm making.

The search is on - I'll be sure to post how it turns out.

UPDATE: It's looking like my father is finally on board with this idea. I'm going in to the bank tomorrow to look into getting a loan and then I'm really going to hit the internet and newspapers hard scanning for a car...on a side note, does anyone have any experience buying cars online from out-of-state cities? Would that be a good idea or sketchy at best


Brady said...

Smart man...once you're married you can kiss the sports car dream good-bye until you go blow $25K on one during your midlife crisis. So until then, happy car hunting, don't go into too much debt, and drive it vicariously for me too. :)

Liquids5 said...

You can definitely find a decent sports car under $9k. You'll eventually find something you like.