Day 208: Going Green By Going Gray

by Usc2000 July. 26, 2008 1534 views

Well, I finally did it. I went and bought a hybrid car. Let's face it - I love my SUV. It gets me where I need to go, handles well in the snow, carries all my stuff with room to spare, and can take a big crew out to lunch. But the gas prices of late have been hard to stomach.

Enter the hybrid. My mom has a Ford Escape hybrid, so I'm familiar wth driving one. I'd been researching other hybrid options, as well as non-hybrid but good mileage options, and calculating the cost per mile with gas at the $4.00 level. Every time I did the calculation, with the number of miles I drive in a week/month, the Prius was the clear winner. Yes - I was an engineer and created a spreadsheet with calculations and everything.

The next challenge was actually finding a Prius. I went through the AAA auto program, and contacted all of the Toyota dealers within a 50 mile radius of my house. None had any in stock, and most were quoting 4-20 week leadtimes. The dealer closest to my parents' house put me on an email list that notified me when they would be getting a shipment in, and it would be first come, first served. I hadn't thought very highly of that dealer in the past, so I never really responded to their emails asking if I was interested. Last week, an email came in listing a pretty large number of Priuses (Prii?) that would be available, so I decided last Saturday to go in and take a look. It just so happened that they had the options package I was interested in, so I decided to go for it. They originally said that it was on the boat from Japan, and I should be able to pick it up sometime around August 1. We did all of the finance work, getting things ready for signature - for all intents and purposes, the Prius was mine, and I hadn't put any money down or signed any finance papers yet (we'd done a simple contract at that point, so I wasn't totally unprotected). Yesterday on my way back to the office from a doctor's appointment (Dr F wanted me to go and see if I had a blood clot somewhere in my left leg because of the swelling, but he didn't think it was likely - the ultrasound tech said she didn't see anything either, so the swelling is still a mystery), I got a phone call from the dealer saying my car had arrived and I could pick it up anytime on Saturday. My dad took me over there this morning, I wrote a big check, we did a final test drive, and I took ownership of my brand new Magnetic Gray Prius at about 11:30am! When I got in the car before we signed all of the papers, the odometer showed all of one mile. That was pretty awesome.

Since my SUV is fully paid off, and it works so well in the snow and mountains, I'm keeping it, rather than try and sell it in this crappy market for SUVs. I'll also drive it once or twice a week to keep it in good working order.

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Scmusicals 12 years, 8 months ago

I wanna ride...when do I get to ride in it? ;)

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