Thoughts on car shopping

It occured to me that searching for a Cruze replacement is really kind of a surreal experience. I think this is why:

  1. I’m not in extremis - most of the cars I’ve purchased in my life have been in a hurry because I needed a car because my previous one was wrecked or something. That means I ususally had a week, or however long insurance would pay for a rental.
  2. I have a decent amount of money. While I’ve never done a 96 month loan with zero down at a “buy here pay here” place, my financial approach to cars has not always been completely sound. I’m in a much better position this time around. It’s a comforting feeling.
  3. I’m an adult.... ish. I am at a very stable (genius) point in my life - no more moving around with the military, steady income, house, wife, etc.
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The flip side to this is that option paralysis is real! Having lots of time to think about new cars means I come up with crazy ideas like this:

My dad had a 69 Z/28 that was marina blue with white stripes. I really like this current electric blue, or whatever it’s called. Then again, my bedroom wall poster car as a kid was a bright red 3rd Gen IROC-Z.

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I just know I need some color in my life, I’m tired of cars that are shades of grey (aside from my WRX all my cars have been white, grey, silver, or black).

Also, I drove a 4 cylinder turbo version last year and it was nice, but I’m in the position now that screw it, I want a V8. And a stick.

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I’ve got some other car ideas in my head (ATS 2.0 Turbo, ATS-V, C5 Z06, C6 Z06, Toyobaru, WRX STi, Golf R, E90 BMW), but this is the one that’s lighting a fire in my pants at the moment.

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