So, as some of you probably know from the chat room, I got involved in a pretty bad accident last week which resulted in my 2000 Toyota Celica getting written off. Luckily I walked out with just a few bumps but seeing my devastated Celica has made me want to get something a little tougher.
Now, bear in mind I can neither afford a new car nor the insurance to go along with it (but the current economy and easy access to credit (still) makes buying a nice car oh-so-tempting) but I still want a decent one.
So, here were my 'wants' and 'needs':
Safe car (as safe as possible, within reason - if anyone had been in the passenger seat of my Celica they would be d-e-a-d.)
At least 20mpg city/25mpg highway (minimum)
Enough trunk space to haul around gear for work (few switches, routers etc)
Look as sexy as possible for as little $ as possible
Preferably manual transmission
Decent HP with a small engine (4 cylinder probably)
So, after going through all the available options and tossing many aside (too ricermobile, too ugly, too expensive) I have ended up at this:http://www.volvocars.com/us/models/C30/Pages/default.aspx
It fits pretty much every need and want I have.. unfortunately, they only came out in 2008 so there are no used ones for sale around here and so I am stuck paying 22k+ for a new one.
I can't afford it. I really can't. Yet I am still talking myself into buying it.
Please help me:
A) Not buy it
B) Find something much cheaper to replace it
Been trying to do this myself for a week and failing miserably.