16 May, 2007

Decisions, decisions

So my bank wants to give me money for a car. Lots of money. And quite frankly, I want to take their money. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with the car I'm currently driving, but, well, c'mon...shiny new things! (That and the fact that the car is more than 13 years old, and has nearly 100k miles on it. Sooner or later, stuff is going to start breaking.)

Right now, I'm leaning towards the Suzuki SX4. Randy just bought one, and is happy with it. And I enjoyed driving it, even if I did manage to stall it several times. Chris' Mazda is also quite nice (with a more comfortable clutch), but it lacks AWD. (And quite frankly, I'm sure the Suzuki's clutch will feel "normal" within about 50 miles of driving it.)

(Not that I desperately need AWD, mind you. I certainly don't have a lot of call for going off-road. But damn, it will be nice to have in the winter, while dealing with people who can't drive for shit in the snow, as well as the DC/Metro area's piss-poor response in terms of snow removal.)

There is currently a SX4 Sport on the lot at the dealer in Fredericksburg, VA, right now. Unfortunately, it's pearl white. And that's the only color available in a sport model within 100 miles of here. However, there is a dealer not far from my parents' place that has the metallic blue (which is my preferred color) available. But I'm not visiting my parents until next month for a family reunion.

So, do I...

  • ...go for immediate gratification, and get the white one?

  • ...call the nearest dealer, and see about ordering the car I want?

  • ...visit my parents earlier and get the blue one that is currently available down in NC, before it's purchased by someone else?

  • ...just wait until next month, and hope that what I want is still there?


  1. my grandfather buys a truck every 12-13 years, and he always asks for some random color or accessory so that they have to order one from the factory.

    although im not sure why. but he's a smart guy, much smarter than i, so order the blue one.

  2. People are waiting 3-6 months for ordered SX4-Sport with Manual Transmissions.

    If you open up your search to 130 miles or so there are a lot in Pennsylvania.