Friday, July 17, 2009
We took advantage of the kids being gone and got a very good hotel deal through a friend. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard at Liberty Station($120). We biked to the thrift stores in Pacific Beach and filled the saddlebags on the tandem with 'new' clothes ($17). We were going to drive to the farmer's market in Ocean Beach, but the traffic was at a standstill so we unloaded the bike and rode there, too. We ate streetfair food ($13).
AnnaMarie had packed food for breakfast so no expense there. We then rode the bike around a whole bunch of car dealerships. She had an idea what she wanted but wanted to be sure. Car shopping on a bike is great. You can outrun the salespeople.
We looked at Mini Coopers. She sat in one. She test drove another. This one was her pick, but we went out to El Cotixan for lunch ($9) to really think about it; called the salesman back with a lowball offer; well below bluebook.
It's used, a 2007 with 14,000 miles. The dealer claims it's a chick car, and chicks don't drive manual transmission cars so this one wasn't selling. AM prefers stick; this is a 6 speed. It's supposed to get 37 mpg which is a little better than the 12 mpg her Durango gets. (we'll keep the Durango for big groups and snow conditions). The date budget of $160 was blown by 12875%.
AnnaMarie kept going out to just look at her new car. I love the fact that she wanted something that was for her. All her decisions are usually for the family and household. I know, I know---it looks a lot like my first car. Really this is the car she wanted. I haven't even driven it yet.