Yes, the Kersh family is STILL debating our next car purchase. Our 2000 VW stationwagon has been our faithful driving companion for seven years, but now that our kids are getting older and have more friends and activities, we REALLY need a bigger car (hey, we did six months of buying nothing . . .we know need from want). The deadline of summer and our ambitious camp schedule along with my committment to carpooling is upping the ante and making us search more fervently. I logged a good 3 hours this weekend on carmax, autotrader, craigslist and ebay–but nothing is screaming out “buy me!”
All of this car shopping is taking place at the same time that Bush is dodging protesters all over South America, wheeling and dealing to import sugar-based ethanol and lessen our dependence on foreign oil (as if he cares). Where are all of the smart people in this nation who can create an automobile that runs on something other than oil (or ethanol-based products that require a ridiculous amount of oil to produce)? If some high school kids created a vehicle that runs on soy beans, then surely someone at GM can step it up.
There was that nifty little electric car in the early 2000’s–but car manufacturers, oil companies and the federal government nixed that well-loved vehicle before it even had a chance. (Want to spend an evening getting extremely frustrated…watch “Who Killed the Electric Car“). To date, there is no such thing as a hybrid mini-van. I know biodiesel is becoming a more viable option (I just searched and found that I can purchase this fuel in Durham, Apex and Pittsboro!), but I’m not aware of a diesel minivan, either. Every other possible option seems to be a good 3-5 years down the road. By that point I will have poisoned the minds of my children completely by uttering the “F” word every time I attempt to buckle a third car seat into our tiny wagon.
(Sigh)…for now, I’ll just read TreeHuggers suggestions for Greening up my Car, and keep on shoppin’. Is anyone else out there struggling to find the ideal family car that carries a litter of kids, gets good gas mileage, and includes those sexy, automatic opening doors? What are you driving these days?