I am in the market for a new car.
My current ride is a 2003 Nissan Murano - which is a good car, and "only" has 140K miles on it, but it's getting to that point of having to bring it in every month or so for some little thing, or some big dollar thing. I'd rather sell it now while it still works and let someone else put money into it.
This Murano was the second new car that I'd ever bought. Up until around 1985, I always had old cars passed down from my dad. And they were all Buicks - except for one bright red, 8 cylinder, red leather interior Cadillac - which Dad bought in a fit of craziness. Dad's best friend in Brooklyn was a Buick dealer, and I'll leave the story of that dealership for another time. After all those old Buicks, I thought I never wanted another one until the day when I went to a dealership in my little MA town, and found "Creampuff" - a Baby Blue Buick Skylark which (according to the salesguy) had only been driven on Sunday by a litte old lady. He didn't say if the Little Old Lady was driving Creampuff to Church or to a casino...and I didn't ask. I drove that car for years, and only got rid of it after I got nearly killed by a flying sheet of ice which came ramming into me from a truck that hadn't cleaned off it's roof that winter. Totalled the car!
After Creampuff died, I had an affair with a Saab for a few years, and finally gave it to my husband when I got stopped for speeding for the 3rd time. That car just kept getting away from me! Honest officer, it wasn't me...it was the car! To tone myself down a bit I bought my first new car - a Jimmy Blazer truck with 4 wheel drive - white with chrome. Wooeee - I loved that car. My young nephews named it "Frosty" and we had some good trips and good times in that baby. But it went the way of most American cars - rusty and worn out, and we sold it to a cowboy from the Western part of the state. We were starting to get a bit older by this time, so we bought the Murano - a large SUV type car, with room for kids and dog...only by this time the kids were moved to NH, and the dog was gone. But it's turned out to be a good car, with room for two bikes and lots of gear. But now it's getting old and it's time for a replacement.
But picking a replacement is not so easy! Do I want another SUV? What gas mileage do I want to get? Do I want a hybrid or a regular gas vehicle? and how much do I want to spend? And the key question - what image do I want to project? Do I want to drive the luxurious Lexus SUV, with all wheel drive, and ton's of perks and give the image of "oh yes, my husband bought this for me while I was vacationing in Aruba - isn't he just the sweetest guy?" Or an Audi SUV with the image that I know how to drive a serious car and could easily go 200 mph on the highway. Or the earth friendly Subaru, with plenty of room for kids and dogs and bikes and picnic baskets and balloons. Or should I go for a little two seater Roadster, and keep the top down, wear sunglasses and look mysterious and aloof.
This is not easy people! I have to live with this image for the next 10 years or so and I've got to get it right. What if I buy a Lexus and find out that Comic Artists Don't Drive Lexus'. They might kick me out of Comic Class! Or I might be driving down the highway in my Audi and some hotshot decides to challenge me to a drag race and if I don't take part I'll be humiliated forever. The pressure!! But if I buy the Subaru and then decide to become a Born Again Radical Religious type...I'd have to sell it and buy the Lexus! (if I become a Radical Born Again Jewish Religious type, I should start out with the Lexus ...hey I can say it...I'm already Jewish)
These decisions are weighing on me.
I might just have to buy a Buick.