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Wheels.26

Buying new car

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{Wheels.26.162}: 89 Mazda 323, 19 Ford T.Connect {patrice} Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:13:56 CST (54 lines)

Jil, thanks for weighing in.  I am feeling much better
about the purchse today after reading your commennts and
finally getting a call back from a friend who works in
auto insurance and has bought a few new rigs in her time-
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she said the same thing you did about extended
warranties.

I wasn't chomping at the bit for one, I just wanted to be
sure I wasn't being foolish by 'self insuring' (putting
aside money over the first few years for a rainy/breaky
day). If you and my friend don't get extended 3rd party
service contracts when you buy then I have done due
diligence on the issue.

I will be paying extra on my auto insurance to get $0
deductible on comprehensive and $100 deductible on my
collision-- it is $168 more per year over $1k/ $1k high
deductibles, and it is easier for me to budget that
annually than to cough up $500+ for a new windshield
right when needed.

And, my friend (who works for a different company) said
my Hartford insurance (i have been with for 9 years since
I became AARP eligible) gets good marks, so that was
reassuring, as well.

You both say no pre purchase trip to mechanic is needed,
so phew! I didn't think so but what do I know I've never
bought a new vehicle....

I have Federal brand Himalaya WS2 studded tires and rims
coming into the local Les Schwab tire center tomorrow
afternoon, so the dealer will now be delivering my van
and meeting me in the tire center parking lot Wednesday
morning at 10am. They sound in a hurry, so I will let
them go, but I will take the van kn a ride up an empty
stretch of highway and make somes zooms and hard (ish)
stops to check feel/noise/alignment/handling *before* I
put studded tires on it.

Then I will get my new tires switched on, leave my old
hatchback with them for the new shocks it needs, and
drive my new rig home up the already icy hill with
confidence, and a warm glow.

The T.Connect ticks a lot of boxes for me that even more
expensive rigs do not.  I am pretty excited yo have a van
that promises to make my life easier. I don't have it
yet, but I am changing my tag line already in this forum
;-p

Thanks, Frank, Bianca, and Jil for helping me with my
post purchase anxiety and knowledge gaps.

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