The Car Hunter

Early this week I conducted a cost-benefit analysis for my car. I’ve done this numerous times over the years, and each previous time I would reaffirm my commitment to my vehicle. Not this time. My conclusion this week was: the time has come for us to say goodbye.

So I began conducting research on automobiles in my spare time. I visited dealers, talked to people, test drove cars, and pondered financial ramifications. All this led me to trade in my Integra and purchase a Sonata this afternoon.

My 1992 Acura Integra.

My 1992 Acura Integra was a good car. I bought it at the end of December 1999, right before Y2K arrived. My logic was that if I wrote a big check on the final business day of 1999 and the world melted down at the start of 2000 I might walk away with a free car (it didn’t work, the check went through). So I drove the Integra for 10 years, three months, and three weeks. It had 145,125 miles on it when I traded it in. All I can say is, well done good and faithful auto.

Some of my criteria for my “new” car were more passenger space than my Integra (which isn’t saying much), four doors (for more space and guitar transport ease), 30+ MPG highway fuel efficiency (just because), and relatively low mileage (so it lasts). As I looked at cars the Hyundai Sonata figuratively jumped right out of my computer screen and parked on my desk.

I found a 2009 Sonata at Stocker Subaru in State College that I really liked. I scheduled a test drive. Before I got there the car sold. But they also had a 2009 Sonata Limited with low mileage in stock, so I stopped by to look at that. Long story short I test drove the car, liked it, made an offer, spent another day test driving cars at various dealers, then returned and bought the Sonata.

My "new" 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited.

It’s a loaded sedan that is totally an old person’s car. It’s not particularly trendy or sporty, but it’s practical and comfortable. I read a review that said “The Hyundai Sonata is a great car for people who don’t care all that much about cars” (The Truth About Cars). And that describes me perfectly. I want a car that gets me from Point A to Point B, is efficient and reliable, and manages to look presentable.

So the car hunt has ended.

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