So the time came for me to buy a car for my commute to class and to help family and friends with chores.
I decided to go with… a 2004 Toyota Prius.
Why? Well, Toronto traffic is dreadful, and gas prices would kill me. And it was reasonably priced (under $8k before taxes, which was my self-imposed limit). And I want to do mini-road-trips when the feeling strikes me, and the limiting factor on those trips would be, well, gasoline prices.
The image of Prius owners gives people like me hives. But you know what? I’m a cheapskate.
Buying a new hybrid is silly — you pay more than you save on gasoline. Buying a used hybrid (less than 1/3 of original price) that still has many years and kilometres of use left to it? That makes lots of sense.
And the car is rather striking.
But it does have an image problem.
So what do I need to do? Well, first I’m going to order a “Harper Leadership” bumper sticker.
Then, I’m going to have to find the funniest American conservative/Republican bumper sticker available on my next trip Stateside.
At that point, I will have decontaminated the Prius brand.
And what the heck, the car’s already scratched up, so a keying or two won’t matter.