September 29th, 2015

New car!

After a little over 13 years and around 370,000 miles, my Toyota Matrix was about used up. (It needed around $3000 worth of work to be safe for winter, and I think it was overdue for new shocks/struts, and it was burning a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so.) So I've been trying to find another car with a manual transmission for a few weeks. The budget was under $10k. I wasn't finding much. On Friday, I stopped at the local Honda dealer, and they had a 2008 Civic with 99K miles that had just come in. Their price was about right, and I liked the test drive. I decided to go for it. Put a deposit on it on Friday, had my mechanic look it over and they thought it was fine. And today, after doing a couple last errands with the cargo space of the Matrix, I drove to the dealer with the Matrix and drove away with the Civic. It would be perfect if it were a hatchback, but it's a sedan. We'll have to see how I adjust to that.