Friday, September 30, 2005

New Car Search

Have you found me a car yet? In case you havent read my blog, I am in need of a new/used car. My 1992 Honda Civic is too old, has over 255k miles, and has too many problems now to put money into it. So I am donating it to the kidney foundation and looking for another ride. And no, I do not have any real preference as of yet. Sure, my fantasy car since grade school is a jeep, but they consume way too much gas. Next up would be a 68 drop-top camaro, but it has the same problem. So I am looking at the Toyota Prius.

Advanced Transportation
Fuel-efficiency claims for hybrid cars fall far short
Good hybrid info
Hybrid car MPG estimates from the government
MPG estimates from the government
Fuel efficient cars to come?
Honda Civic Hybrid Info
Plastic to Diesel
Hydrogen Generator working prototype
Honda Delivers FCX Fuel Cell Vehicle to World's First Individual Customer
Prototype: ENV Hydrogen Fuelcell Motorbike
The Summer Of Scooters

2000 honda insight - $8500 (2001 has CVT option)
42 to 45mpg avg?
May be eligible for a "clean fuel" deduction of $2,000 if placed in service by the end of 2005. The current clean-fuel vehicle tax deduction will end after December 31, 2005.
2005 insight video
How to Demo Your Insight in Just 20 Steps
CONS: only 2-seater
46 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway

1997 subaru outback $6-$9k
23/30 mpg

1972 refurb volkwagen beatle convertible - $7k

1992 honda civic (my current car)
Kelly Blue Book Value (Private Party) - $1,625!!!
Kelly Blue Book Retail Value - $3,750
Hwy 37 MPG and city 30 MPG

1986 Jeep CJ7 (car i always wanted)
Hwy 20 / City 19
Try Auto Auction? (really need a mechanic w/you to make sure its ok)

Dont pay for gov auction listings or anything of the sort!

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