Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Car Shopping

I haven't looked at cars for more than 15 years so the other day Ron and I went to the Nissan dealership here and I wanted to look at an Altima.  I wanted to see if Ron would fit in one because he is so tall.  He has difficulty getting in my Sentra now and couldn't possibly ride in the backseat.  Unfortunately the Altima was a no go.....Ron about decapitated himself getting in and behind the wheel he looked like he was driving a clown car. So we then looked at what the car salesman described as a cross-over vehicle, the Rogue.

It was a cross between an SUV and a station wagon.  I really liked it because it was low enough to be easy for me to get into and yet it had the cargo room with the seats down.  It passed the Ron test and the gas mileage was about the same as a car.  24 mpg in town and 34 mpg on the highway.  The other feature I liked was the rearview camera.  Because I have no sight in my right eye it is sometimes hard for me to see behind any vehicle.  The right rearview mirror is no help to me and I have to twist and contort my body to turn all the way around and look back.  That camera made it soooooooooo easy!  I was already to test drive the car when my blood sugar took a nose dive and I was shaking and goofy headed.  Soooo I got some crackers and Ron did the driving.  He really liked how it drove.  Soooooooooo now the Rogue has become a contender on my search for a new car.  I'm taking my time and want to look at other options.  Anyone have any favorites?  I have to add that I really liked the Nissan dealership.  There was no pressure sales and they simply answered all questions.  That alone makes me more likely to return when I do decide to purchase a vehicle.  The less stressful the process the better.


Linda said...

We bought our daughter's Nissan when she bought a new car. We drove it for years. We were living in Texas and everytime a hail storm came through it beat the heck out of it, dents everywhere. We called it the 'hail magnet.' Several times we had to have the hood and top of it replaced, sometimes the doors. When we moved to Oregon we gave it to my brother-in-law for their grandchildren. You cannot imagine the abuse that poor care took but it just ran on and on. You absolutely cannot kill a Nissan. Trust me, we tried. I'd buy another Nissan in a heartbeat.

I had to move my blog to a new address. I hope you will follow me there.

oklhdan said...

I have had great luck with my current Nissan. I've had it 15 years and only minor up-keeping required. So far I can't imagine changing to any other car mfg. Thanks for telling me about your new blog address........!

kenju said...

I don't know anything about Nissans. One of the rental cars I had during my wreck aftermath was a Kia Borrego. It didn't have a camera, but when you're backing up, it beeps when you get close to something. I like that feature.

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh, I just love car shopping. I like really small cars and that is out with Ron so I will just watch your venture with out recommnedation.

Olga said...

I bought a used Nissan years ago--no fancy features, as basic as you could get. I drove it 100,000 miles and then gave it to my son who drove it for another 100,000.
We are liking our CUV, Ford TaurusX, but I do so wish it had the backing up beeper. I've always had much smaller cars and it's hard to judge that back end.