Sunday, October 28, 2007

Shopping for transportation

This afternoon, Carmen and I drove around town looking at potential makes and models of cars that would be satisfactory to her. She started out with a Jeep Wrangler because it is different from her friends and it ties her to her cousins Heidi and Bethany.

Seeing how Carmen doesn't like us to leave any windows open in the mini-van and likes to have the temperature "just right" all of the time, I'm not convinced that a Wrangler is the right car for her.

Her Uncle Bill, her mother and Carmen all went to a car show in Cleveland in 2004 and saw a Pontiac Solstice and her Uncle Bill believes that is the car for her. I think it is a nice looking car, but I can't find any that are five years old with 80,000 miles.

Seeing how I bought my own first car for $1,500 when I was a freshman at Purdue, I have a hard time looking at these prices...

Vehicle Description
Blue Book Value
Candidate Price Candidate Miles
1999 Ford Tauras SE Sedan 4D
$3,795 111,466
1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE Coupe 2D
Not Priced 124,212
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL Sedan 4D
$7,450 88,732
1999 Nissan Altima SE Sedan 4D
$5,900 127,473
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS Sedan 4D
$7,000 97,000
1999 Jeep Wrangler
Not Priced 127,158
2006 Pontiac G6 GT Sedan 4D
$11,950 49,035
2006 Pontiac Solstice Convertible 2D
$21,977 16,517

She won't be able to drive by herself until April, so maybe I can buy a motorcycle and just let her use my Jeep.


Anonymous said...

I say no to the motorcycle, your old one always scared the heck out of me. As for Carmen's car, I wish you luck. Something tells me that she is going to be quite particular about what she drives. Such an Eby....

Bro. Mike said...

Cars have one purpose and that is to get us from point A to Point B. Of course this is my perspective and my dear friend Kevin's perspective. However, taking in consideration that even though Carmen is somewhat of a female Kevin, I do believe her perspective of cars may vary from ours as her Uncle Keith has pointed out. My suggestion is that we devise a committee chaired by Brett Ledbetter and come up with the best car for Carmen. We could call it the "Carmen Car Committee Led by Ledbetter". Then on a Sunday, Tatesbrook has a business meeting (democracy style) and have a list of cars for our people to vote on for Carmen that the Carmen Car Committee conjured up. Just some ideas!!!

Kevin Eby said...

Update: A friend at work has offered to sell us a 1995 Jeep Cherokee for a price that I can't refuse just in time for her to get her license.