December 20, 2005

We Did It

Today we went and put our name down on a local dealer's list for a new 2006 Toyota Prius Hybrid.

I am SO EXCITED! The Prius will replace Kevin's old Ford Contour as our "family car" while I keep the Miata as the "fun car." It's no secret that I'm not the world's biggest fan of the Contour, which looks very similar to this one:

It's too sedan-y for me, which is funny, given that it IS a sedan. I need something a little more a Miata (or my previous car, a Honda CRX). Anyway, Kevin, being the ever-practical guy, bought the Contour because it was the most comfortable to drive in his price range at the time. Makes sense, but it doesn't change the fact that in my opinion, it doesn't look like the kind of car a new college graduate should be driving.

So we're graduating to the Prius. We're primarily interested in the hybrid engine, which will enable us to get incredible mileage, but more importantly, is better for the environment (yeah, we're one of THOSE couples). We looked at one today and there was actually more room in the back seat than in the Contour, and the trunk was very roomy.

We put down our check (that won't be cashed unless we back out) and got our special Costco price. It cost exactly what we'd calculated it would. No deals to be had here--there's a waiting list for the car, especially in January when we get a great tax break, and everyone and their uncle is selling it for at least MSRP. We listed our color choices as Blue, Green, and Silver (in that order) and we're getting some super-duper package with a GPS mapping system. Which Shelby desperately needs.

We should have our car in our hot little hands by the end of February. Hooray!

Posted by Shelby at December 20, 2005 08:41 PM

Ooooh, cool! You'll have to tell me how it handles and if it's actually got "oomph." If so, I just might consider it for myself later on. :-)

Posted by: staz at December 21, 2005 09:29 AM

Dear Shelby, congratulations to your new car, it looks very nice, like a science fiction car!!!!
(I dont understand now exactly: is this car with hybrid angine?)
Best wishes,
Ira & Marie-Louise

Posted by: ira at December 22, 2005 12:02 PM

I bought my 1996 Corolla via the Costco program and it was the easiest car buying process ever.

Posted by: Katrina at December 23, 2005 06:05 AM
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