Tuesday was both a happy and a sad day. After a hectic weekend of locating and test driving four sub compact cars from the Motor Coach Magazine dinghy car list, we made our decision and purchased a white, 2012 Hyundai Accent Hatchback.
It was sad to drive our red Prius for the last time. It was a very good, solid ride. In five years and 84,000 miles, it never gave us any trouble. If it didn't weigh so much, and could have been towed, we would have kept it for long time.
But if we want to ride together in the Alfa, we need a car we can tow.
Hello "Little White Thing". I hope we have many adventures together in the future. We know you can't go charging down wild dirt roads like a Jeep, but you have lots of cargo space for your weight, a decent engine for your class, and a price point we were comfortable with.
Speaking of price, we were both a bit shocked by the cost of a tow package! We haven't bought one yet, but we're leaning toward a Blue Ox and an Air Force. We got an estimate on a Roadmaster and an Air Force One from the place that's doing our Alfa body work.
The repair estimate was a shocker too! We usually just pay for such things out of pocket without filing an insurance claim. But as it turned out there was more damage than just the fiberglass corner. It seems the back panel separated both along the side edge and the roof edge. And they will need to repaint the entire back end! The estimate was over $5000. Big Ouch!
Too bad Alfateers is way down in Southern California.
Our insurance adjustor has been to take a look, and has authorized the work. It will take a couple of weeks before she is home again. Meanwhile we have to make a decision on the tow package and get it ordered and installed before the Crater Lake trip.
If you have a class A, what tow package do you have? Do you like it? Any advice will be appreciated.