Yesterday I test-drove a used but almost new Mini, which was quite delightful. I am toying with the idea of getting a second car since the Prius is in such demand these days with Rob’s and my both working in different locations (in opposite directions). Although I strenuously argued a few months ago that we could make do without even one car, my tune has changed. I love the idea of walking and taking public transportation when I can, but what I don’t care for is the idea that even more of my precious time can be stolen away in this fashion. I guess it all comes down to whether I want to spend two hours a day commuting or a few hundred dollars a month on more freedom. Do I want a home life with my husband or a bus life with eighty strangers, many of whom do not seem to smell very pleasant?
Well, anyway, I’ve asked them to hold the car for me until Saturday and I can decide then. I’d get an electric car if I could but living in the city as I do, there is no place to plug it in. I like the idea of buying a used car from a dealer, which is sort of the best of all worlds pricewise and securitywise. And I can see Minis hold their value because all of the used ones I’ve been looking at are only a couple of thousand dollars off from their new prices. Mileage is pretty good-not as good as the Prius, obviously. It’s clear I should look around and try to figure out some options, but my whole problem is that I don’t even have time to ride the bus, so how am I going to have time to shop for a car?
Any thoughts from those who may have already thought this through?