For the last few days, Maggie and I have been looking for a car. She needs one for her new job up near Hopland next month. It’s been an ongoing discussion, after all we have 3 cars; there should be one for her. But it’s never as simple as one might think.
Which car would be good. I don’t trust the VW. It’s working well enough as an old lady should at 190,000 miles. But there are lots of small things going wrong. The locks don’t work right. Sometimes the sunroof decides it’s time to be open, usually when we go over a bump. Just before we left to visit my parents, the window fell into the door on the passenger side. Hundreds of dollars to have a mechanic fix for a car worth only a little bit. So, probably not the best car for a trip to northern california with a young woman who will be living 25 miles from the nearest town. That leaves either Bob’s truck or my car. But I don’t want to loan her my car. Bob’s car is a possibility; but again, I selfishly don’t want to loan it to her. She might be able to rent a car for a few months, but at age 23; that requires a premium price. So that leaves finding a new car. Well, not a new car, a new to us car since no one wants car payments.
So for the last couple of days, Maggie and I have embarked on the journey to find her a car. Budget–6,000 dollars or less if we don’t want payments. Well it turns out that finding the 6,000 dollar car is a challenge. Used cars are highly wanted, craig’s list takes a lot of work, and dealers in San Diego county get rid of the used cars less than 10,000 dollars. Maggie learned how to talk with car salesmen and even got a chance to see the stereotypical snake oil type used car salesman.
We did find 8 cars in San Juan Capistrano and 12 cars in Temecula offered by dealers for less than 10K. Armed with a list of these cars, we took a road trip. At the dealership, they tried to steer us toward the 11,000 dollar cars. We asked about the saturn ion sedan at 6,000 dollars; 56K miles. Turns out that they were listing the car before it was ready to sell.
Feels sort of like a crap shoot, this is the cheapest car we found. Being pushy, we did get to test drive the car and offered to buy it. Maggie and I both liked it; a very simple bare bones stick shift woman’s car. It looks delicate and small with lots of curves in the car. No tall or large person would choose this car, they probably would be hitting the roof. On the bad side, the online reviews are very mixed, lots of people complain about the automatic security system locking up and a few other problems. The car is low end including no electronic keys and manual windows. That means less to break, has low mileage and seemed to run well. But we won’t know if the dealer will sell it until Monday after their mechanic looks at it.
The bad thing is that time is limited. Maggie leaves in two weeks. Before that, she has a trip to Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to check out graduate schools. It turns out that schools are willing to pay and have her visit. Who would have thought that bugology would be so desirable. I know there is a better name, but it drives her crazy when I call it bugology instead of the more scientific names. [FYI kids, Parents can torture their kids as well.]
On the good side, thinking we have a car means I got today for play instead of car shopping. And it’s warm weather, so actually got into my art studio for the first time in weeks. The weather has been so cold, no one has wanted to venture downstairs (10-15 degrees colder than the upstairs). And we’ve been keeping the upstairs at a balmy 62-65 degrees unless I can sneak the heater higher. Layering has taken on a new meaning in this house where the accusation of stealing one’s knitted beanie causes great consternation. Of course it’s usually obvious when the accusation is true because the thief is wearing said hat. And of course, there only one solution to this issue–try to take it back. No need to mention this can sometimes be a very noisy and rowdy operation.
But back to the art, I’m going to try to do this picture in mixed media. Watercolor pencils for the background. Ink or my first venture into acrylic paints for the front part. Will let you know how it works out someday in the near future.