I got in the car on Saturday to go to the grocery store, and as soon as I turned it on, I knew something was wrong, because, after my Honda Fit started, it sounded like a racing car. Then the store told me why: The catalytic converter was stolen, and only had about $3,000 to fix. All of a sudden, I was able to plunge into the terrible car market, a vast American search for new wheels that I was only a little afraid of.
It is not a foregone conclusion Just yet that I’ll have to buy a car, because I haven’t heard from the insurance adjuster and while I’m assuming it will be totaled, it probably won’t. Insurers know very well how to price cars, even 14-year-old Honda Fits, but the current market is so foreign, I doubt that their time-checking system is being used. to try on., also. All of which means that I was arguing with the tuners when they called and informed me that GEICO had determined that my car was worth nothing.
However, that would lead to the next, inevitable, terrible step: Finding a Fit replacement, a lengthy process that left me thinking a lot about which car to buy. When that’s over, I’ll start looking for the right example, looking from anywhere between New York City, where I live, and the Mississippi River.
That’s also my background before the pandemic, but, According to Automotive NewsThe inventory shortage caused by the pandemic – both new and used – is meant to be the process of so many others, because all you know is the world’s most perfect Mitsubishi Mirage being used a lot in Topeka.
A March survey of 2,690 buyers around the country commissioned by Quantrell Subaru found the average person would be willing to travel 469 miles to buy a used vehicle, with consumers from Alaska saying they are willing to go 722 miles – the longest distance in the survey.
Brentley Jones, general manager of Quantrell Subaru, told Automotive News that the shortage of inventory that drives up used car prices is pushing consumers to drive longer distances – especially if they’re looking for one. specific vehicle that they cannot find in the local market.
“Most of it is just availability and the type of car you have,” says Jones. Where shoppers might once have searched 250 miles away for a particular vehicle, “I think now they might more or less search nationwide.”
I’m glad people are broadening their horizons when looking for used cars but there’s also a bit of tension about all this new car-buying competition. I’m also lucky enough not to need a car to get to work, which means I have enough time, if and when the confirmed Fit is gone. I wouldn’t like it either, but if you need me in the next few weeks, I’ll probably stay home, looking for a car to buy.