In September I was in a accident and totaled my '04 Impala SS. I was really disappointed as I wanted to give the Imp to my boys as their first car, but $#!t happens. I've had a history of seizures, and minutes after the accident I apparently had my third. I don't remember having any of them as I black out. Long story short, Impala was totaled, I spent some time in ICU, and started thinking about my next ride. I have an '06 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, but it's got over 200,000 miles, and it has been the training vehicle for my sons - definitely not the Impala. I have to drive for my job, so getting a hybrid was a consideration. I have no interest in the Volt, so it was unlikely I'd be going the Chevy route. But I've always like the looks of the Ford Fusion. So I had been looking at Carvana and Cars.com the past few weeks, eyeballing Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids. Saturday morning, I check my local Ford dealership's inventory, and just start by clicking on the hybrid engine. Low and behold, a new 2016 Ford Fusion Energi shows up, with some great pricing available, with all the bells and whistles I'd want. I tell my girlfriend we're going to test drive it, even though I'm not really in a hurry to buy anything.
The test drive goes well, and as we're pulling back into the lot, the locks on the car start going crazy. I'm thinking, great, a new car already with electrical problems. This doesn't bode well. But it was another salesman hitting the lock button looking for the car. Too late, I'm first in line. We go back into the dealership to discuss price, and ANOTHER salesman comes looking for the car, but I'm on the clock!
We come to a price I can work with, and so I drove out with my new car. Plus, since it's a plug in hybrid, I'll claim a $4000 tax credit on my 2016 return!
Now I'm on the hunt for another power adapter, as well as scoping out all the charging stations near me that are free or cheap. And I can maybe talk a little smack to my coworkers who have a Tesla and Leaf that I can make it across the country without having to stop for 2 hours to charge up!