When your mechanic tells you it’s time to replace your car, take his advice.
We went to CarMax yesterday, me and Jodi and my mom, and sat in a bunch of different cars. I took an Aveo for a test drive, and while looking on their site today, found a 2003 Mazda Protege that I’d like to try also.
The Ford Focus doesn’t seem to be comfortable for Jodi, which is a real shame because I loved it. The Aveo isn’t bad, but Consumer Reports doesn’t think much of it. I might also try a “traditional” car lot, one operated by a rental agency. They seem to have a decent selection, though I’d have to negotiate a mechanical inspection by my mechanic; CarMax would let me do this anyway, and return it within five days if I don’t like what I hear.
We’re trying to spend $12k or less. What would you recommend, dear reader?