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February 16th, 2009


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12:27 pm - Zoom-Zoom!

Meet Caprica, my brand-new 2009 Mazda6. Black Cherry, a.k.a. burgundy, with sexy black interior.

My seven-year-old aunt's brother's daughter, upon seeing my new car on Valentine's Day: "Is that a Jaguar?"


Look at that color! It's like driving chocolate.

My uncle says that it's very similar to the maroon of the car that took my mom ninety miles to the hospital so I could be born. I just thought it looked cool, but all of these colors have happened, and all of them will happen again.


The little Om there means my car is now blessed and hopefully will not kill me.

Before I drove off the lot (and stripped thousands of dollars from the value of the car), I put my hands to my head at the OMG NEW CAR-ness of it all. I couldn't find the odometer because I was looking for a six-digit number, and my car only had 36 miles on it.


The folks at Oak Tree Mazda were pretty good. Luckily, they both had the color I wanted and offered us the lowest price. We tried to drop the price fifty bucks more once we got there, but they wouldn't take it. I still ended up getting the car for under $20K, which was my goal. I had to register it under my uncle's Belmont address, though, since the sales tax was about eighty bucks cheaper than using my Oakland address.


I couldn't even hold the pen steady as I signed all the lines. This was the largest check I had ever written, the largest purchase I had ever made. I hadn't really bought anything for more than a few hundred dollars since I got A Real Job.

I was offered the Mazda TotalCare extended warranty, which sounded too good to be true. For about $1400, I would get three more years of bumper-to-bumper coverage, plus a money-back guarantee if I didn't actually end up using it. They could do that because they planned to invest my money and make some dough off it instead of me. We got him to let me have till the end of the month to think about it; I'd appreciate any advice.

Although Mazda is a Japanese company, Ford has a strong stake in it, so I kinda helped the economy! Sorta.


Step right up, ladies.

I forgot to take pictures of the interior, but it's totally awesome. One review thought the steering wheel was an homage to EVE(-uh). And there are lots of pretty lights. Also: I now have BASS! My inaugural song was the Offspring's "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" Although the first song I heard from the beginning in my new car was the more appropriate "The Distance."

All right, time to go to point C.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire [in my head]

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From:ashfae
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHINY! WHOA!!!!
From:bothwill
Date:July 16th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that's really nice car, I envy you and I want it, it really has an expressive color, it fits the neighborhood and you seem to be in loved with it. Is there anything you would wanna change to this car? Make it look like Jaguar cars maybe? This would definitely please your seven-year-old aunt's brother's daughter.
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From:amberlynne
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Heee. You look totally Clooney in the trunk there. That is a SAAAWEET RIDE! I totally dig that color. It's unique without being gaudy. Very nicely done!

And don't feel too bad about it not being an "American" car. First of all, I bet just as many parts/assembly for that car were done by Americans as most "American" cars. And you should get the car you want, which might teach the other companies what kind of cars they *should* be building instead of ridiculous Hummers! :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Heee. You look totally Clooney in the trunk there.
I still haven't seen that movie!

I totally dig that color. It's unique without being gaudy.
I agree! It's not your standard red or blue or green or whatever. And it's kinda purple, which is perfect because I was vaguely wanting an orange or purple car just to be weird. And be able to find my car in a parking lot.

And don't feel too bad about it not being an "American" car. First of all, I bet just as many parts/assembly for that car were done by Americans as most "American" cars.
That's true! I thought it would be a nice perk to feel good about "buying American" if possible.
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From:dharmavati
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
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That looks like an awesome ride! :D And I see you've done the car puja deal. :P
From:nestra
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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You may very well be able to negotiate a lower price on the extended warranty. I would also take a look at the expected maintenance on the car -- will you really need $1400 of repairs on a new car in the next X years?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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You may very well be able to negotiate a lower price on the extended warranty.
Yeah, he actually knocked the fifty bucks we were hoping to get off the car off the warranty, so maybe I could get him to go lower.

I would also take a look at the expected maintenance on the car -- will you really need $1400 of repairs on a new car in the next X years?
I don't know! It's a new redesign! My uncle's had two Mazdas, and they didn't need very much maintenance.
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From:punzerel
Date:February 16th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Awesomeeeeeee! Now you can zoom around town being supa-cool.

And if you can afford the $1400 now, it sounds like a sweet deal. But what do I know about cars? My monthly payments are to the bus company.
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From:sterope
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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That is a fine looking vehicle!! Congratulations!
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From:apriljoiex
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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The Mazda was a good choice. They're so pretty and you know, they zoom zoom zoom, plus, my first car was a Mazda and l loved it a lot.

I am now officially cool enough to catch your BSG reference.


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From:electricmonk
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
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First thing the first picture made me think of:

"You wanna have sex with him."
"Who?"
"Who! Jordan! Catalano! Come on, I'm not gonna tell anyone, just admit it."
"I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great. Well, either sex or a conversation. Ideally both."

Point C, here you come.
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From:incidentist
Date:February 17th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
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Man, I wanna bum a ride to Point C, but I don't think it works like that. Send me a postcard?
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From:raelee
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Congratulations!! Looks spiffy!
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From:adinarj
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Sweeeeeet! Awesome ride, dude. Congrats!
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From:maidofawesome
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
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OH MY GOD YOU ARE IN THE BOOT.

YES I KNOW YOU CALL IT A TRUNK IN YOUR COUNTRY BUT WE DO NOT.

NOW I THINK OF IT NEITHER NAMES MAKE ANY SENSE.

NEW CAR EEEEEEE.
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From:lareinenoire
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Nice car! It makes me happy to see people still buying things like cars -- gives me hope for the future. :) And the colour is gorgeous.
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From:kouredios
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. It's gorgeous. Love the color and the little Om.
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From:scripted22
Date:February 16th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
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It's a gorgeous car! It seems to suit you, too. Congratulations!

I was offered the Mazda TotalCare extended warranty, which sounded too good to be true. For about $1400, I would get three more years of bumper-to-bumper coverage, plus a money-back guarantee if I didn't actually end up using it.

Sometimes extended warranties are worth it. I wish I had gotten it with my Subaru Forester, it would have paid for itself at least a couple times over. So I got it with my Honda Fit. I probably will never need it with this car, but it was pretty cheap and offered things like roadside assistance, so I was able to drop AAA.

I don't think the money-back guarantee is too good to be true. I bet a lot of people end up using the warranty for towing or inexpensive repairs, so they probably don't end up rebating a lot of them.

With most extended warranties, you have until the factory warranty runs out to buy it. So your dealership might not really need a decision by the end of the month. You also should be able to buy it from any Mazda dealer, not just yours, so if you found a cheaper price elsewhere you probably could get your dealer to match it.

Love the trunk picture!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 16th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
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So your dealership might not really need a decision by the end of the month.
I can buy it at anytime, but the money-back guarantee is a limited-time offer.

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