So, here's the story of how it was that we traded in Granny Towanda (GT) for a new car, after a month shy of 4 years!
Unbenownst to me, in European standards when you drive a small car like ours, 50K km is the magic number over which you don't really want to drive, if you expect a good trade-in value. Our Daihatsu Cuore was at 48K km (30K miles), so Astrid was already calculating in her head what that meant, especially with the government-required 4-year check-up coming in March. To say nothing about the potential repairs once a car turns "that old."
Like I said, totally unbenownst to me, because I thought GT was just getting started! So when Astrid opened her mouth in mid-January to say she was thinking it was time to trade in GT, I'm sure I looked at her as though she were crazy.
But she's not, of course. Europe is NOT America. The roads here are NOT American, when you consider all the cobblestones we drive over everywhere (apart from the highways). And besides...a small car does not have the long-term durability of what we're used to in America.
So, off we went to see Pedro, the same man who sold us GT back in 2010. When Astrid made the appointment he immediately asked, "Is Ginnie coming, too?!" Awww. After 4 years, he remembered...and that's worth a lot, you know.
Did I mention that Daihatsu, the oldest Japanese car manufacturer, no longer sells the Cuore in Europe...because it's not cost effective for them?
So Pedro sells Škoda's instead, manufactured in the Czech Republic.
We had already decided Sunflower Yellow would be our new color of choice before walking in.
But after driving this "silverleaf" demo car, we both exclaimed, "I like that!"
So much so that we negotiated for it on the spot, in spite of its 6,500 km!
Pedro gave us a deal we couldn't refuse.
A week later (this past Monday!) we were surpised by its unveiling when we picked it up.
Thank God for Pedro's handy iPhone!
Have YOU ever purchased or traded in a car to that kind of fanfare?
Ginnie and Astrid
Congratulations on your new car!!
We wish you driving pleasure.
On behalf of the De Waal workers.
And following the unveiling, we were presented with our keys.
You don't forget that kind of service!
The logo on the left was the Škoda logo til 2011. Now it's the one on the right (Wiki image).
as straight as an arrow
swift as a bird
with an eye to the future
And now for a bit of interactive fun. Remember when we asked you to help us name Granny Towanda? Well, it's time now to name this "silverleaf" Škoda Citigo. It's 100 kilos heavier than GT and with a wider wheel base, hugging the road better...and yet is "greener" than GT. It was crowned the Auto Express Best City Car of 2013.