New Prius

So I decided that I should trade in my Dodge Challenger R/T for a new Toyota Prius. The 2016 Prius got a new face and a new power train. While it’s certainly not as exciting as driving the Challenger it is certainly a huge step up in fuel economy. However, fuel economy wasn’t my only reason for trading it in.
When I bought the Challenger I bought it in between jobs, coming out of a very stressful job. For lack of a better explanation, I bought the Challenger on an impulse of wanting a fast sporty car. Of course the advice is very much well known to never buy a car on an impulse, especially what ends up costing over $37k. So I essentially ended up buying more car than I really should have, ended up with expensive payments.┬áThe other major thing that happened is that after driving the new Challenger for a day the transmission blew up with only 130 miles on the odometer and the car had to be towed in the very next day. This is like the worst thing that could happen right after buying a new car and a good way to really doubt the reliability of the car. The common theme I hear from people is that most all cars will last over 200,000 miles. The truth is that isn’t always the case, so many factors that go into how long a car will actually last.
During the time I didn’t have the Challenger I started reading up on things and I discover these cars have good bit of things going wrong. While a transmission going out probably isn’t a common thing, despite Dodge’s reputation about transmission problems. For two weeks I was driving a smelly used Doge Charger.
When I got the car back the transmission seemed to work fine but it didn’t quite drive like I think it should have. Not like the car I test drove. See that’s the other mistake I made. I test drove another car like it, it was still the same trim and everything but not the car I was buying.
So a year later I decided I really need to get away from this car and get something I feel is going to last. Before I had the Challenger I had a 2013 Prius C. The Prius C is a smaller variant of the regular Prius. The only problem I had with it was that it was very small and not quite as practical due its smaller size, although that’s not to say the Challenger was anymore practical. I know of many cases where folks have had minimal issues with their Toyota, including the Prius.
So I was able to trade-in the Challenger, lower my payments. However the catch is that I had negative equity on the Challenger. While I could have waited to possibly decrease the negative equity I more than likely wouldn’t have been able to narrow the gap for another two years and with the feeling that something might go wrong outside of the warranty period seeing I had put 30,000 miles on the Challenger in a year. I think may have made a better choice. The Prius has a better warranty on it anyway.
So I went from this…
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To this…

Hopefully the Prius will prove to be more reliable and finally get out of the ever revolving debt with buying cars. There’s really nothing to not like about the Prius.Can fit 4 passengers comfortably with plenty of leg room and be able to load luggage all while getting great fuel economy. While it doesn’t quite drive like a muscle car it serves the purpose of getting to point A to B, efficiently and safely.

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