Monday, November 02, 2009

The New Ride

Well, new to me. And yes, I need some hubcaps. My Ram is no more, gone bye-bye. We did a lease return cuz the balance if we wanted to keep it was still big bucks. Also, it was a super gas guzzler (a hemi, after all), and I don't really need a truck. The camper doesn't get hauled anywhere, and the only thing it really got used for was hauling leaves to the compost yard. This is a 2000 Ford Focus wagon that is paid in full, so no monthly vehicle payment (except for Pete, of course), it's only a 4-cylinder, so gas is like nothing compared to the beast, and insurance will be a fair bit cheaper. (Even though it really wasn't too bad for the Ram.) It will be nice to drive something that $20 of gas will last longer than 5 minutes in.

It had all season tires on it, but there was a set of snow tires, so I got B to put them on before I brought it home. The all seasons had nice rims. Pa said he'd get me a set of hubcaps, but if he doesn't soon I'll grab a set. Hubs said I should get some spinners and pimp it out. I'll have to get used to a car again. I've had 4x4 trucks since the summer of 2003. Also this is the first used vehicle I've had since we had gotten our first new vehicle, a 2003 Dakota (the truck before the Ram, my favorite one I've owned so far), so I will miss warranty work, that's for sure. Oh, well. The difference in price, insurance, and gas makes up for it, I guess. In a couple of years we'll get something newer. For now we just want to cut back some of our expenses. I found some paperwork on the car today, and it looks like it only had one owner before me. The interior is in excellent shape, not a mark on it, don't think it was smoked in, and the former owner had extended warranty on it. I think he really looked after it well.

I started a new sock yesterday. These are another pair for Christmas. They are Olympian socks knit with Cherry Tree Hill in spring frost. Ravelry details here.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

I drive a 2001 Ford Focus wagon! I can go about 400-450km on a tank of gas (that leaves me with about a 1/4 tank) and it's only a small tank... we're at 97 cents a litre right now and it cost me about $35 to fill up. It's great! While not exactly pretty or stylish, it's a good little car and I have absolutely no complaints.

love the colour of the sock yarn!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Heddy said...

schwanky new car! I loved my Escort Wagon when I had it (the Focus is much more stylish!) - pretty colour too! :)

Is that yarn that you won from some contest I had? Huh, looks so pretty knit up! I can't wait to see the finished socks :)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Frieda said...

Congratulations on the new car ! I've heard good things about the Focus wagon , I'm sure you won't regret the purchase . Good on gas and you can still carry lots of stuff in the back ...

10:21 AM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Congrats on the new vehicle! And think of all the yarn you can buy with all the money you save on gas!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to buy new until a few years back. We now buy second hand and save a lot of money that way. With gas prices etc you will love it! I think you should go for the spinners!!

7:11 AM  
Blogger knitwit said...

Hey I went from a Dodge Truck to a Ford Focus TOO! I love the Focus.... It shifts so nice and gets us all around in a timely and costly fashion Plus 40.00 a tank is so wonderful!
Enjoy!(ps.same colour)

1:51 PM  

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