On Saturday, after I got home from morning “folks kick me in the head” training, the Hubby and I *were* going to rent a car for the three week duration, waiting for his reserved 2007 Honda Fit to arrive at the Honda dealer in Lewisville.
But in checking the communal home email, I saw that David McDavid Honda here in Irving was running a sale. I checked out the site and saw that they had *three* Honda Fits in stock.
Rush rush rush. Rush rush rush. By 4pm, the Hubby was the owner of a brand-spanking new 2007 Honda Fit. “Nighthawk Black Pearl” color — that is, black, but bluish-black under a very strong light. True, it’s an automatic (Hubby prefers manual transmission); but there ain’t gonna be a stick-shift version of these anywhere until January.
We got it home. It zooms. In the driveway, we looked like a commercial, manipulating the seats in all sorts of configurations as the neighbors watched. The front of the car looks like a smiling little girl robot. Because of that, and the “feep feep” sound the keyless entry/car alarm thingie makes, Janus Gate and I christened the car “Phoebe: the Fit that Feeps.” The Hubby smiled, shrugged, and didn’t say no.
He’s still amazed that he has a brand new car. Not a “new to me” car — but brand new. It even has that “new car” smell outgassing. Heck, on the dealer’s lot, it was still wrapped in *plastic*. And we were so quick in purchasing the car (3 1/2 hours, from arriving at the dealer’s to driving away with Phoebe), that everybody neglected to see that the state safety inspection sticker wasn’t on the front windshield. So the Hubby’s getting that put on during his lunch break today.
I switched vehicles over on the Geico website yesterday, replacing the ’88 Acura Integra with Phoebe, and the Hubby’s good to go.
As for the Hubby’s old car, we’ve decided not to do a trade in. It’s so old, needing pretty spendy repairs, that the Hubby figured he’d only get $200 as a trade-in. So, we’re donating the car to a local education program here called Texans Can! Academies.
They’re public charter high schools, geared towards at-risk students; there’s several located throughout the DFW Metroplex. What the organization does with donated cars is sell them — either for parts or at wholesalers’ auctions — and use the proceeds to fund the schools. It’s a good, reputable program and fits in well with our community/civic role as public school (i.e. community college) educators.
So, Hubby gets an awesome, little multipurpose car, and local kids get an education. Pretty cool, eh? 🙂