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New Member, New Owner - 2011 Equinox

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Picked it up Saturday. I really enjoy it so far. It's a fairly base model Equinox - the only option it came with was the Bluetooth package.

Without making this a novel, my previous car was a 2007 Mustang GT. I really wanted it and put myself into a stupid situation to get it. I could afford it, but I was throwing good money at a bad decision and I had enough. I was able to get myself almost completely out from underneath it with the Equinox. I lowered every payment I need to make for a car each month (loan, insurance) and I'll have it paid off only 6 months longer than it would have taken me to complete the Mustang loan. The first take of gas returned around 24 MPG around town, which is a huge improvement from the 17-19 that the Mustang got me.

My priorities being what they are now, I needed a real car. I have plenty of time to get another toy (I'm 29), but this is what I need now. The monthly savings is almost $200, and over the life of the loan it will be several thousand dollars. The plan is to keep making the same payment amount that I was on the Mustang towards this and accelerate that process.

I can't tell you how many of my friends have looked at me cross eyed and confused. It makes sense when I break it down about how stupid I was when I bought the Mustang and how bad of a situation it continued to be. I love that car - I hope to get another one again very soon. But I forgot how much I like driving something like the Equinox. I'm so much more relaxed and calm driving this.

Thanks for the info. The search feature is giving me back all sorts of interesting things I plan to do 8)


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Nice choice and for really sound reasoning...

Love the pic with the bike next to it...nice !!!
intercede007 said:
You know, after doing some more research I'm not sure I'm going to switch after all...I know GEICO authorizes the use of new parts where available...
An important and often overlooked benefit some don't worry about and others do...I will only carry a policy which allows OEM parts...

You may control the odds of "your fault" accidents, but you can't control the acts of others when it comes to collision, theft and/or vandalism.
intercede007 said:
*Cough* roof rails *wheez* ;D
Ahhh...that white bike (in the pic) needs a ride !
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