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Car Shopping? Car Shopping.
Posted Nov 1, 2010 - 10:12:45

Car Keys.So those of you who follow me on Twitter (or at least saw Sunday's "The Daily Trae") know that Crysta and I went out and bought a new car this weekend. This was the first time either Crysta or I had ever bought a new car - or even from a dealership (in the past, I've bought cars directly from other people I knew), so this was an entirely new experience for both of us.

We'd been debating whether or not to buy used or new for weeks, and we've been researching various cars that we're interested in. In the end, before we put one foot out the door, we had a solid game plan for how we were going to go do this. The entire process was pretty painless honestly, but Crysta and I both obsessively researched before going to the dealers. We knew not only what cars we were interested, but checked the dealer's inventories to know exactly what they had on the lot. We knew, for instance, that the Ford Dealer had two cars on the lot that met our criteria. We knew the models, colors, packages... everything. We're nerds, and this is how we shop for big ticket items. The ability to obsessively research can come in handy sometimes.

And to be clear, I did manage to convince Crysta to let me test drive a Mustang. It was quickly vetoed as our choice for a vehicle, but it was fun driving it around for a few minutes.

We ended up picking the Nissan Versa hatchback because, honestly, it made the most sense. It's my first non-American car, and there's a part of my brain that nags at me about it -- but it hit every touchpoint I needed. We wanted something fuel efficient, with cruise control, and in a subcompact or compact form. There was also one more point the car had to hit: I had to fit in it comfortably.

I'm six foot three and 290 lbs. It is hard to find a small car I can drive easily. I've been folding myself (uncomfortably) into a Ford Escort for the last year, and honestly it isn't that much fun. The Versa gives me plenty of room.

So... new car. It's kind of weird to drive something that doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart. We chose the sensible (although fun to drive) car for this one. Now just to convince Crysta to let me buy a Mustang for the next vehicle...
- Traegorn

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Well I too want a Mustang someday (since my dad had one at one point). If I recommend, just someday save up the money and get yourself a mustang like I would like to day someday. Is there a crime in your marriage if you both have your own car of choice?

But still Nissans are good cars so I'm happy you have a good car now.
There's no crime in my having something I want - and I will likely end up with a Mustang one day.  Crysta actually doesn't oppose my eventually getting one, I just like to make jokes about it.

We honestly decided to go with the Versa right now because long term, this will become Crysta's car (hence why we still own the Escort too) and she doesn't want to drive a Mustang. :P
I'm just happy that you're not driving a deathtrap anymore.

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