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Hey,

My name's Jeff, I'm a high school student who, up until recently, was converting a '77 Porsche 924 to electric power.

That story ended, the in-progress conversion project was passed on to someone who would be more able to complete it, but damn if I still don't need a car.

I have strong prospects of getting a '94 Caddy Deville from my grandmother, which she'd cover insurance on. That would translate to me paying for nothing except gas...which is a regrettable 13 MPG of premium. While this would be FAR more economical than buying my own car and insuring it, I just don't feel right wasting that much fuel, and pumping out massive amounts of emissions.

I sort of feel like the only way I can justify exhausting my small but hard-earned bank account is if I get a vehicle that undercuts that terrible consumption by a big margin, and the Insight does that. I know a good deal of the ups and downs of hybrids from my time in the EV circuit, and I’ve read through a lot of posts on this forum. I can honestly say I’m excited at the prospect of owning an Insight of my own. Unfortunately, I've been able to find only TWO within 100 miles of me, one for 13k, the other for 9k, and both outside of my price range.

I'm located in Central MA. Anyone know of some cars for sale around here? And do you think I should spend my money on a car of my own, or just accept the burden of the Cadillac and save it for expenditure during college?

Thanks for your aid and advice!

-Jeff
 

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Philosophy said:
I got my 00 with 50k miles for a little over 8k. It can be done.

-Phil
That's exactly what I'm looking for!

So what should I do to find one? Cruise random dealerships? Autotrader, Cars.com and Craigslist haven't yeilded anything...unless I can negociate down the 9k one to 8k...

-Jeff
 

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Skimmer said:
All that aside, I have to suggest that at your stage in life, it might not be a good time to be pouring all your money into a car. Maybe you should take that free "grandma car", as long as it's been well-maintained. Assuage your guilt by driving it as little as possible, keeping it in good tune, and spend your time and money on learning and having fun in college. Then make your automotive statement when you get out of college and have the resources to buy what you want.
Well said. I think that pretty much has convinced me to give up my car aspirations - for now. Thanks for all your help guys, and rock on. Hybrids are excellent and you've all more than earned my respect for choosing to purchase them!

-Jeff
 
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