Hello fellow Jalops and Oppos,

As some of you may know, Nimbus, My beloved vip inspired 1999 Acura 3.5RL was rear ended weeks ago. The verdict came in late last week, and nimbus will be totalled. Check is in the mail on its way to me. Im satisfied with the settlement and am thankful I kept all the receipts. It took a tweet and a well tagged Facebook status to get a fire lit under the butts of both my insurance company and the insurance company of the party that hit me.

This leaves me nearly car-less, save for the rental car which i still have about 2 or 3 weeks in. So i guess, next week it will be time to go car shopping.

My commute will be about 30 miles a day from home to work and back. I would like a car that’s great on the MPGs. I am also about 25 miles away from the notoriously hard to find parking in, San Francisco so a small car is where its at! My gf drives a 2015 TLX so if ever we need the bigger car, she’s got one. I also want a fun car that has great handling because there are some really nice mountain roads. If possible, and offered, I would like that car to be a manual, stick shift. I would also like it to at least have bluetooth, and if its hard to see out the back, a back up camera.

I would like to find a car between $10,000 and $15,000 that I can finance. I plan on using part or most of my settlement as a down payment and then pay off the car within a year.

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Unfortunately, because she feels it unsafe and has had friends in terrible accidents while driving these cars, my gf said Miatas and S2000 are out =(

My mom has a Fiat 500 sport. Currently at the top of my list is a used Fiat 500 Abarth. Checks all the boxes. (One reason it’s pictured) I’m also thinking about Minis and even Honda Fit sports.

What other cars are out there in respect to my given criteria?

Thanks for the read and thanks in advance to your comments.