So, I have posted once or twice before here on a.net about my carlessness and about entering into car ownership/lesseeship. I have posted always with complete disorientation on the subject - and the present post is no exception.
Wuzgunna save up $3-4,000 for a nice used Japanese (read: reliable) flivver, like an old Celica or sump'm. Then I saw an ad (uh-oh...) in the St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press for rather attractive leasing options for a shiny new (or newish) Corolla, $199 month (ZERO down!! I've been bracing (and am still prepared, if necessary) to plop $1,500 down)
I like the idea of getting myself something no-frills (gimme manual transmission and air conditioning and I'm set) yet new and shiny and at the same time affordable: $200/month is more breathing room than dropping $4K right now (and the newer buggy is liable to get much better mpg). Yes, I will be 40 very very soon but I can survive that birthday without the Audi TT roadster (I'll get that at 41 ). What I kinda can't survive is the 5-mile walk to the grocery store and back (my heels are starting to hurt, see).
Now... I have this problem wherein my brain gets too easily locked in on a notion. For the past two weeks, I've been sashaying around saying, "Well, I'll have car REAL soon; for you see, Maplewood Toyota has this $200/month 42-month leasing deal on a new Corolla; so after next payday I'll just swing over to Maplewood and..."
See, I now believe there's a hole in my plan - aren't you supposed to shop around for a bit when you're getting yourself... y'know... a CAR?!!?
And yet, I'm confused about how much shopping around there is to do: I want wheels; that's all. Steady, reliable, Japanese-built, fuel-efficient, air-conditioned, manual-transmission-equipped wheelage. And it can't be a Honda - as great as I know Hondae are - because both of my parents are Honda folks, and I am my own man. I've always liked Toyotas (especially the ones that accelerate for no reason), and the current low-end Mazdas are not pleasing to my eye.
Well - where am I at, here? What's my next move? What are the pitfalls of leasing, what sort of stuff should I be wary of when I am in yon dealership looking over the fine printage?
I'd like to have me some wheels before June is out.
(Someone is keeping their pickup truck in my assigned parking space at my apartment building, only I feel kinda petty complaining about it when it isn't like mega-impacting me... I think perhaps having justification to complain about this parking squatter is the real reason I want to get a car.