QOTD: What's Next for Your Driveway?
Since we started Question of the Day, we’ve interrogated you on a myriad of subjects – ranging from the one that got away to your thoughts on a particular brand. Today, our question is a heckuva lot more straightforward.
What’s on the short list for your next car?
Let’s take an informal poll of our randy group of gearheads: hands up if you constantly check out Craigslist, cruise through dealership lots on the way home from market, or have a bookmark on a favorite build and price tool? *mumbles while counting*
So, that’s a full one hundred percent of TTAC readership, then. Excellent.
We’re all afflicted with the car bug, no matter if our next vehicle purchase is planned for the next week or the next decade. Deciding what we’re going to buy next is deeply ingrained in our DNA.
Me? Well, the final payment on the Filthy Charger will be made in September, yet we are still completely happy with the combination of rear-wheel drive, stretch-out legroom, and decent fuel economy. No plans to replace the daily driver, then. It should be noted this is the first car in my thirty-seven years on this planet I’ve liked enough to pay off.
Same story with the Ram. Sure, its box is starting to show telltale signs of the trademark Ram Rust (TM) over both rear wheel arches, but other than that it has been a great steed, regularly hauling 9000 lbs with nary a complaint. It can also be fixed with a hammer. The Ram stays, then.
No, my next purchase will be something for fun, not meant to replace anything in our current fleet. Surprisingly, I keep finding myself drawn to right-hand drive rides imported from Japan. Thanks to Canada’s import laws, we can now import vehicles from the early 2000s, unlike the Draconian legislation scuppering the late-model dreams of JDM fans in the States.
Four-door R34 Skylines can be landed for about $8,000 Canadian (or about twenty-five cents American). A nifty Honda Beat is about two grand cheaper, although I’m certain my lanky 6’6” frame would not fit in that funky convertible. At least headroom wouldn’t be a problem. Or, I could freak out the neighbors and pick up a tasty all-wheel drive, stickshift, turbocharged Nissan wagon for the same price as a Skyline. Whatever lands in my driveway, I’m confident in predicting the steering wheel will be on the wrong side.
Unless, of course, a cherry Lincoln Mark VII LSC comes along.
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Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.
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