Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Official word is in: I must replace my current, manual transmission car within the next month, sooner better than later, as I have pretty much destroyed my right side rotator cuff and will be having surgery on THAT side (just had the left done in May this year)in January.
Previous to this latest turn of events,I had planned on replacing my car anyway this early Summer, and I had started researching my options. My criteria:
-great on gas, at least 30 mpg, if not better
-affordable tax wise, and maintenance wise
-if doing any financing, I have a set monthly figure in mind
I had narrowed it down to another Toyota or a Honda. I then started researching different models. I discovered that Honda's are significantly more expensive than the Toyota's I was eyeballing.
I was then down to another Yaris vs a Prius. Can I justify the extra expense for the Prius? there are no longer (at least that I could find after doing a quick search on line)any government incentives, and would I even use the hybrid, electric part? electricity is ubber expensive in CT, there are no filling stations locally.
OK, I found some Yaris's and compared them to Prius, who are almost twice the cost. I did an on line estimator for a trade in. While I could probably get more $ if I sold my current car myself, I honestly don't want to deal with that. I can get the Yaris down to a reasonable price, after trade in. I'd be getting a new car. Don't know about what financing is available as the incentives posted on line don't address this model, and state, "contact dealer for financing info." Prius: they offer a great interest rate, depending upon the length of the loan. Still, twice as expensive but would have features I want such as keyless ingnition. Turning a key is hard with my arthritic hands.
Fast forward and I found a used, 2010 Prius II locally at a dealership with only 20,000 miles. Cost: just under $20,000. Hmmmm.
Decisions, decisions. What would you do?