For the last two weeks, though, I feel like being caught in a vortex. All of a sudden my mother is entitled to a service flat. And we have to start planning the move and everything that comes with it: decorating, packing and all the red tape that comes with it. And I'm not even mentioning the actual move, which is planned for the first week of February. And then, I will have to start thinking about the house, remove the excess furniture and putting it up for sale.
And then there is this other matter that needs urgent attention!
Since last year I have been toying with the idea of buying a new car. My little Corsa is 8 years old and the automatic transmission has been playing up lately. I had the same trouble 5 years ago when the car was only 3 years old. At the time the repairs cost close to a 1,000 euros. Worth every cent as it was a relatively new car. Today, the car itself is worth a mere 2,000 euros ... so spending another 1,000 on repairs is not sensible.
I have had different cars in mind. Yet, lately I have become interested in an Hybrid (electric + fuel) car, considering I spend a lot of time in traffic jams, where a Hybrid is an very economical solution. However, the price of a new Hybrid is well over my budget.
So, last Thursday we went car shopping and our local Toyota dealer was first on my list. Toyota has a longstanding (excellent) reputation when it comes to Hybrid cars. Before walking into the showroom where the salesmen where hovering around like vultures looking for unsuspecting prey, I told myself to be sensible and not get excited or carried away by unnecessary gadgets and accessories.
more to come ... I'm sure