If you have experienced "new car fever," you are fully aware of the symptoms. As you know, there is no known cure. Mick has had this illness as long as I have known him. It sometimes goes into remission. I'm fully aware when he is about to have an outbreak. The first sign is the continual talk of cars. Then comes the attraction to dealerships. In recent years, there has been a new sympton, constant searching of the web for specs and pictures.
As previously stated, there is no known cure. You just have to let the episode run its course. When the Mickster bought the Renault, the comment was made, "this is our last car, it will last us until we're no longer able to drive". I agreed and laughed to myself.
About a month ago, Mick began showing signs. I knew there was no stopping it. On December 20th, we took possession of our new car.
This time, he selected a 2013 Kia Sportage. Laws have changed since our first purchase. Now the matricula has to be made prior to delivery. Therefore, although we paid for the car on Monday, we were not able to get it until Thursday. Also, with our first car, it was months before the license plate was ready. The placa came with the matricula.
This one has everything the Mickster wanted...AC, automatic, the feel of a truck. Used cars don't loose their value in Ecuador as in the US. For the Renault, Mick paid $12K and sold it for $10K after driving it for over 2 years. The Renault was a good car and it served it's purpose; however, this is better. Mick is happy and said that he'll keep this one for AT LEAST 5 years. I'm thinking 3 at the most, maybe less if he has another bout with the fever.
Until next time,
Mick and Kathy
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