Gearing Down, Trading Up pt5

Last time I talked about some of the things you want to look for when you’re shopping for a used car. There’s a lot more I have to share about this adventure that might help you the next time you’re buying a car, and I’ll get to that next time.… Continue reading

Gearing Down, Trading Up pt4

Continuing on from last time, we’re going over the things to look at when buying a car… Now we’ve done the undercarriage–though I can’t help feeling like I overlooked something important. Fear not, I’ll mention it if it occurs to me–and we’re on to the rest of the checklist. Continue reading

Gearing Down, Trading Up pt 3

Car shopping isn’t just about practicality. It’s a chance to drive cars that are completely impractical–cars you would never buy because they’re too expensive, or they’d never work well with your lifestyle, or for a thousand other reasons. I took that opportunity, and took it in grand style, during my… Continue reading

Gearing Down, Trading Up pt 2

In order to properly shop for a car, it’s essential that you do your research. The sales process is an adversarial one–sure, there are crooked car dealers out there, but even leaving those aside, it’s a predatory process. “Predatory?” I hear you say, “Isn’t that being a bit dramatic?” Not… Continue reading

Gearing Down, Trading Up pt 1

Driving. In all the world, it’s one of the finest things. I don’t mean driving in traffic, I mean driving. Heading out onto the open road, or attacking a mountain and forcing its roads to unwind for you. Feeling the physics, pushing to improve the precision. I treat driving like… Continue reading

The Quest for Transport

Ah, car shopping. That magical time of life where you get to hop around the area, sitting in other people’s vehicles, fondling their shifters and clutching at their pedals until you finally get hauled away for turning Top Gear into a porn show. In between times, you get harassed by… Continue reading