Now, usually we talk people into buying a car. I’m asking for the opposite. I want to be talked out of it.

So, here’s the story. I currently drive a 2015 Civic. I bought it new. I currently have about 55k on it. The car runs fine with no mechanical defects. I’m also don’t owe too much on it.

Okay, these are all good things. The problem is that the car is really boring to me to drive. Part of this is because of the CVT. I know, I know. I intentionally bought a car with a CVT. The reason I did this is that my wife also drives my car occasionally and does not know (and refuses to learn) how to drive stick. So, I’m stuck with some type of automatic regardless.

I want to trade the car in on something else (most likely a Mazda 3 Touring) . I had a previous gen Mazda 3 and liked it, but the 2.5 was rather thirsty so I got rid of it since my daily commute is roughly 85 miles a day. Since then, Mazda had improved the 2.5 and it is more efficient.

Tell me this is a dumb idea. Why trade in a perfectly functioning car just to take on payments for more years. I’m not getting out of having an automatic, so what does it really matter?