It's been quite a long time since I've posted and also since I've been on here!
I was very saddened to see that a majority of the people I used to have fun with are no longer on here! *insert crying face*
I'm really tempted to tag all of them to see if they lingered and just don't post anymore... Buuut, I'll leave that journey for another day!
AAAANNNNYYYYYWWWWWHHHOOOOO! Back on topic!
Sooo, recently, my car was wrecked. And by recently, I mean that on June 9th a vehicle coming from the corner leading to my house slammed into my street-parked Kia Rio, which had the parking brake on, hard and fast enough to rotate it over 45 degrees, up the curb and onto the driveway and his vehicle proceeded to also almost hit another vehicle that was parked on the far side of the wide driveway in front of my garage!
The second I heard the squealing of tires, I jumped out of my bed and ran outside just in time to see the driver stop his vehicle in my driveway and back out, at which point I had already pulled my phone out and proceeded to pretend to take video while trying to actually access my phone's camera! At that point, the driver and I made eye contact and he pulled over in front of my neighbors house. I then called the police to make sure everything went smoothly and also because I had no idea what else to do!
The officer said that since I was not in my vehicle at the time of the accident and nobody was hurt, he was only going to issue a traffic collision report and said to let the insurances deal with the rest. He proceeded to personally transfer the information of myself and the other party respectively.
The driver of the vehicle stated that the owner of the vehicle DOES have insurance, however, he doesn't know where it is inside the vehicle.
The officer that overlooked/mediated the situation, said that he did smell a substance on the driver's breath, but he believes it was from the prior night and that it was not a factor in this incident.
So, after struggling with the responsible (for the accident lol Not in general, obviously) people for a good month, they finally caved in and went through their insurance to reimburse me for my "total lossed" vehicle. So, I now have enough for a down payment on a wide variety of vehicles.
Which leads me into my question:
Is it better to get a newer (2016, 2017, 2018), base trim vehicle?
or a slightly older (2013, 2014, 2015) model, but a higher trim?
For example, for $12-$14k, I can get a
2017 Hyundai Elantra SE with 8K miles
2016 Hundai Sonata Se with 18k miles
2015 Mazda3 i Grand Touring with 40k miles
2014 IlX 2.0 L with Technology Package with 30k miles
2015 Buick Verano Convienience with 30k miles
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited with 32k miles
2013 Ford Mustang V6 Premium Convertible with 40k miles
and thankfully, full coverage insurance for all of these is at or under $200 a month!
To put this into perspective, I've only ever owned a 2002 Kia Rio and a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9l V8 (All the 5.9L and V8 means is $100 to fill up for a week's worth of gas lol Also, It means if you press the gas, you don't only watch your speedometer move, you can literally see your gas needle move opposite. Thanks, Newton for that law!!) So, I'm not really picky with what vehicle I get, in all honesty, anything this new is going to be life-changing to me, but I also don't want to waste this opportunity! I also plan for this vehicle to last me through the majority of my 20's, as I'm only 21 right now.
Any advice or thoughts people have on this is greatly appreciated! Hope you all have been well and hope you all have a wonderful day! Much love! <3