2. Cab company
3. Drive a different car everyday
Haha, you mean other cars? Not really. I peek here and there to see what else is out there, but I honestly don't think I could have bought a better car for the price. Yeah, the paint could be better, and yeah it could have been the LS model, but in similar working order those cars seem to be going for 1500-2000 more. I could sort this car out for that much. The 01 I saw with more miles in LS trim looked like hell inside and had 45k miles more and needed top and tires. Would have been a decent buy at 3200 but not for 3800 which he was asking.
There's always a better deal, but the ones I've seen here have a missing title, non functional AC, dents/damage, or just have something else sketchy about them. I'm honestly pretty happy with my choice. And now that I have this car, I think the lady friend and I are going to go out to the beach this weekend. I'm glad I get to enjoy what's left of summer with it.
I'm sure I'll tinker with it in time, or just sell it in the summer sometime in the future and put more cash in to get something lower miles with a better trim. But honestly, I'm a student. I really don't see the point of spending 2k more for a car just because it has a leather interior and a few less miles. With @Thrift Vader's help, I can sort this car out pretty solidly.
There's also the bit about school kicking my ass and having exams creeping up in a week and a half. That keeps me honest and doesn't really give me the time to look for things and drive around testing cars out right now.
So everything worked out. Hilariously, the only reason I was looking at cars other than this one was because I wanted to have options in case this seller decided not to sell, or sold it out from under me. It was probably the best sale I've ever been through. My girlfriend was over, we all had a glass of wine, and it turns out my GF worked with the seller back in the day. Small world.
I was also waiting to sell my bike. Didn't make sense to go through with the purchase if I got shafted on the bike sale. At the end of the day, I think I about broke even on the bike or lost a couple of hundred bucks, which was fine by me because of everything I learned.