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New car guilt

I lay in bed last night, fretting over my new car. I have never bought a new one before, and in this case I was fixated on getting a Honda hybrid. The only choice was between the civic and the insight - and then between the automatic and the standard. When I went to the dealer I didn't expect to find one on the lot. This threw me and I was unprepared for it. I think that's really the crux of it. A lot of "shouldas" are going through my head: shoulda checked on the APCD credits ahead of time, for example.

One thing I had the smarts to do was to buy an extended warranty that includes money back if I don't use it! That's a hard one to pass up. And I got the good interest rate.

So what am I fretting about? I do feel guilt over it. I have a car that runs well. I could have waited longer, gotten a bigger down payment, for example. I could have gotten a non-hybrid, a used car... Which is what I have done in the past.

It is only in the last several years that I have bought NEW appliances. This is rather an extension of that, rather a more expensive extension of course.

I think the real worry is the money. Will it cripple me to make that payment every month? I don't think so, actually. In fact, I have been thinking of looking for a way to pay off the high-interest loan for my teeth, using a lower-interest loan, which will smooth things over somewhat. In fact, when my teeth are paid for, that money will go to the car and I will be back where I was before yesterday.

I have simply never done this before, never chosen a car that was not the least expensive I could get with what I needed. I bought it because I wanted it and that's that. I feel this weird rush of consumerism and it isn't making me feel good, unfortunately. I think I'll feel better each time I recognize that I am doing a small thing to help the atmosphere and the earth. Although my old car wasn't that awful that way either!

Now the decision about my old car. Without air conditioning it doesn't seem like a good option for mary, but I'll ask her first. Perhaps I can sell it and give the proceeds to her for car repairs on her current car.


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Jul. 19th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
Enjoy your new car!

Why didn't you trade in your old one? Just curious.
Jul. 19th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
A couple of reasons. It has over 223000 miles on it, so I don't figure I would have gotten much, even if they would have accepted it (which they well might not have). The other was I wanted to find out if my daughter Mary could use it.

I have now heard from two people here at work: one whose daughter is looking for a five-speed car who might be very interested in buying it, and then another who told me of a young mother (daughter of someone who works in another department) who desperately needs a car - I mentioned to this person that I would be willing to give it away. I was thinking of giving it to someone I know, though. so I'm making up my mind about that. Will I feel good about giving it to this young woman? Maybe so.
Jul. 19th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
It's called "buyers remorse" and is very common in the automotive purchasing world. You'll get over it as soon as you get the first scratch on the car. Did you look at the Toyota Prius?
Jul. 19th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
I considered the Prius, yes. If I'd really wanted it, though, I would have had quite a wait. I don't like it as much as the honda civic. I do know it's a fine car too.

I thought I'd avoid the remorse because I had given this so much thought and research ahead of time. But no.
Jul. 20th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC)
I bought a brand-new blue Civic last year, and I love it. I haven't had a bit of trouble, the dealership is great (free cinnamon rolls and coffee while they change your oil!), and I get great gas mileage.

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