Car conundrum. - Narcissism is Necessary

Car conundrum.

I’m about to make the biggest personal purchase of my life. A car. A freaking car that will depreciate by half in 5 years (yikes).

Here’s my problem. I can’t bring myself to buy just any car. One that I can actually afford. One that is reliable and have high resale value but oh so boring it makes me nauseous and my skin crawls. The boyfriend said I’m being overly dramatic. I’m not.

Can you imagine how I drive my Kelisa for 6 long years without getting sick all over the dashboard? I also don’t know how I managed. I guess it has to do with the fact that my parents bought it for me. I suppose not actually owning it makes me feel like it’s a temporary arrangement, me and my Kelisa. And soon, she will head into another temporary relationship with my little brother. Yes, it’s a she.

It doesn’t mean I never loved Kelisa, I did very much, still do. I remember the very first time I drove her, the smell of new plastic and the sheer pride in my stomach. I remember the comparisons I made between her and my very first car, the Kancil (which basic rims I sprayed white to match the car’s exterior, my gawd I’m such an Ah Beng) and how sad I felt when the handbrake felt loose after I lend her to my brother for a couple of weeks. I remember every accident I had been in with her. Bullying 4WDs on the road. Pushing 140kmh in Penchala Tunnel. Naughty things that happened inside her. Ah, memories.

I felt all these for her but yet I still long to drive a different car. And now that I finally can, I feel like I’m abandoning her. And I feel like she will be sad. I think it’s my hoarding complex. Maybe I’m just crazy. I hope my little brother will treat her well, because she treated me really well.

So I have been considering a lot about buying this new car. Age vs resale value. 2 door vs 4 door. Horsepower vs maintenance costs. 5 year loan to ensure reasonable equity for a better car in the future or 9 year loan driving a much sweeter car but face the risks of negative equity.

The biggest problem I face now though is I just can’t simply dump my hard-earned deposit onto a car I’m neutral about. I need to like it. I need to feel cool pulling out of a parking space. I need it to match my designer bags that I’ll be buying (which I haven’t because they don’t match poor Kelisa. There you go, another complex in the life of me :P). There’s only one thing I know, I want a used car because the mere mention of depreciation makes me grouchy, like you wouldn’t believe.

I’ve set an appointment to test drive a car this weekend. It’s European and it’s only 2 years old. It’s rare which I like but a bit too rare that I’m marginally nervous about the maintenance and spare parts. Not particularly striking looks but it’s got space. It’s going to cost me so much I won’t be able to afford designer bags to match it anymore :( But instead of 140kmh max, I could hit 180kmh and that’s by far the biggest draw.

I should probably just get an Accord but I’m choosing to go to hell.

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7 Responses to Car conundrum.

  1. CraSH November 4, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    hmm… here is a suggestion! ask some of your friends who own the same car and see what they have to comment. they might give you some insights on repair and part costs.
    you might be surprised that some more expensive car have lower maintenance cost than a proton. anyway, good luck and will be waiting to hear on what did you test drove.

  2. Lyn November 4, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Go for a car that you find fitting with your personality. It’s ok to get a 2nd hand car as long condition of the car is acceptable. In fact, get a friend or two, to go with you to check out the car and hear their thoughts on the car too :)

    You’ll know it’s yours instantly when you fall in “love with the car at first sight”.

  3. on-and-off November 4, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Ask yourself: how long can the heart’s liking last for the car that you will buy. Sure, first few months you will be beaming with pride and joy, then reality of high installments/insurance/road tax/maintenance slowly creep in (trust me they will). When that happens, it’s too lat to look back with the “I shudda have..”. Or maybe you will start the whole cycle again with another car you think you like…

    Imagine what you can do with the additional money you pay to get the car you think you want. RM500 more? You can actually feed a whole family! But hey that’s me, I’m one without the heart and only with the thinking head, so probably not the best advice you can have :)

  4. KY November 4, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Or, if you’re lucky you could get a car like mine that actually appreciates some 20% since I bought it 4 years ago!

  5. Tan Yee Hou November 4, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    Go down the Honda route. Reasonable power and reliable.

    Holds its resale value pretty well.

    Don’t go for anything more than 5 years because you’ll just be paying interest.

    The loose handbrake issue sounds familiar : )

  6. Kimberlycun November 6, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    crash: unfortunately i don’t have friends driving that car :( am relying on my google skills hopefully they dont fail me!

    lyn: totally agree with you. paying more for intangible satisfaction is a fair deal i think :)

    on-and-off:i see your point. my prob is, the money i don’t spend on things i really like end up feeding my hips anyway haha.. maybe i will actually lose weight after this!!!

    ky: i can freakin’ dream /tsk

    yeehou: hondas are nice but but but…..i just like to catch worms and stick them in my nether regions lol

  7. Myhorng November 8, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    u know what u want. JUST DO IT KIM~

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