I guess I'm embracing slow blogging.
I was surprised by how much attention The Long Car Purchase got, including some email chatter from Japan. But this is a long, slow process. There isn't much to report this month, except that I've had this email (from someone who wishes to remain anonymous) which is almost exactly how I feel. It's repeated below. There might be another post next month, possibly with diagrams.
I am in a startlingly similar position, except my timeframe is more advanced – I will buy one in the next 3 months, as my old Saab now has a street value of about £1500 and every time I get things fixed (new brakes and a drive belt – a mere snip at £600) it makes me a bit ill.
I am checking out second hand German estates (Audi hold their value best, and don’t break down), and also looking at Saab estates, which don’t hold their value as well and sometimes break down. (I have a loyalty to Saab – my Dad worked for them for many years when they were an independent Swedish design-led company. Now they are owned by GM and quality has suffered.)
I also looked at a Lexus hybrid the other day – it was an SUV and quite snazzy but too expensive and still a bit of a planet killer – the hybrid bit only partly atones for the SUV part of the equation. Not as big inside as you might think either, although I have done my homework and it would seem that Lexus build very reliable cars.
It’s in my nature to get quite heavily into the research and comparisons, coming from a family that takes cars fairly seriously."
* Yes, yes I know 'almost exactly' is a bad phrase. Sorry.