Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Just for the heck of it, on the way home yesterday I swung by the "lemon lot" here on Fort Hood to see what kind of cars they had. I was immediately drawn to this little red Dodge Neon. I was even more happy when I saw the price (right in my range).
I gave a quick call to the number on the windshield, and set up a test drive for a little later in the afternoon. The car drives really good, and I kind of like the fact that a "cheap" car can still look so sporty. It's a 2005 Neon SXT, but it has the SRT styling package ... the scooped hood, wing on the back, and cool aluminum wheels. Unfortunately, this is still a standard 2.0L, 135HP Neon ... it just looks on the outside kind of like the real SRT-4, which is much quicker, much more powerful, and as you would expect, more expensive.
That said, I got a pretty good deal on the car. The guy I bought it from is an old retired guy who had traded a 57 Chevy for this car, intending to use it for every day driving. Unfortunately, he hurt his back, and now has a hard time getting in and out of the Neon, which sit's very low to the ground. He wasn't giving the car away or anything. But I am quite stoked to be able to drive a sporty little car, while having a payment just barely north of $100 a month.
I really didn't intend to get a car this soon. I really do want to try to ride my bike to work as often as possible, and I will still try ride at least once or twice a week. But, on days where there's bad weather, or on mornings with early PT, it sure will be nice to have the option of driving, instead of dealing with these wonderful central texas hills.
Til next time ...