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June 15th, 2008 at 04:24 pm

Well, I sadly said goodbye to the Jetta today. It was a tough decision but I've spent a lot of money on it lately and it only needed more and more work. After a bit of research, we decided that the Hyundai Elantra would be a good little car for me. So we brought home a "new" (17000 miles) 2007 regatta blue (metallic navy blue) Elantra today. Still need to take care of some paperwork and the inspection, but that should be all set by the end of the week. It's a fun little car and loaded with options - well, many more options than I had before!! Tons of air bags, power windows, roomier, more powerful engine, better sound system! It has an auxillary input for my ipod as well as an in-dash mp3 cd player. Sure is gonna take some getting used to because it's not a VW!! I didn't really have to adjust my driving style much on the test drive though. It's geared more like the Jetta than DH's car is, and the shifting configuration has reverse in the same place as a VW. I think I'll grow to like it once I get over mourning the Jetta. It will be nice driving a car that doesn't break down once a month, but the gas tank is on the wrong side!!!

I'm still struggling with this decision even though I know, in the long run, it was the right decision. I just wasn't ready to give up the jetta yet, not for a couple more months. BUT, I'm not sure I could have gotten through a couple more months. I really loved that little jetta, but I didn't feel safe driving it anymore. That's not good since I have a 60 mile round trip commute each day.

I did NOT enjoy the car buying process. Oh NO NO NO! Sales guy was great, finance guy was great, sales manager was a complete jerk and I made sure the sales guy knew that immediately. I wanted to walk out of there just because I didn't like how I was treated, but this car was a steal. Comparable cars at other dealerships had more miles and less options for the same price - or more! Too good of a deal to pass up.

Well, I'm hoping after this week I'll be feeling better about this decision. I'll have driven the car for a few days and all the insurance/inspection paperwork will be complete. It's just a huge financial decision to make - not an easy one for me right now.

9 Responses to “New car”

  1. Amber Says:

    Wow it is cute. I know how yiu feel I had an 89 Camry and it started giving me problems every month so I decided to get a newer one and at first I was a little torn but now I am glad. Enjoy the new ride Big Grin

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Thanks Amber! Glad to know I'm not the only one who has experienced this. DH thinks I'm nuts to not be psyched about a new car!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I had a hard time when I traded in my camero, I wish I had kept it. This time when we got a new car, I kept my old car. (red vette)

  4. Carolina Bound Says:

    I always feel sad when saying good-bye to a car. I have to remind myself that it's a hunk of metal and it doesn't care!

  5. koppur Says:

    My first 2 cars were Jetta's and they were expensive to repair and maintain. My 3rd (and current) car is a Pontiac Grand Am. Good luck with your new car!

  6. debtfreeme Says:

    I have a 2002 elantra gt that I just love. I have had no maojor problems with it.

  7. dmontngrey Says:

    debtfreeme: That's wonderful to hear!! That's also all I'm hearing about the elantra. I think we made a good choice. I kinda like it too... Smile

  8. Brenda Says:

    I'm jumping in late here but I also have a 1999 Elantra. It's got 250000 kms on it now. I really like it. I was looking for a 2007 but they seem to be pretty hard to get now.

  9. dmontngrey Says:

    Hi Brenda! It's never too late to jump in around here! Smile I'm really glad to hear you like your current Elantra and are looking to get another one. Makes me feel good about my purchase when hearing stories like yours. Thank you.

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