10 February 2007

Aren't We Smart?

Today we used our Mobility Car Sharing privileges for the first time and reserved a Smart Car to zip about the city.

And I'm here to tell you, it is tiny. Which did make it quite maneuverable. However, it was a bit difficult to fit us both in the car at the same time. After all, GLH is 6'4" and I am just shy of 6'. The car is intended for people of a more average stature.

And it has limited speed and guts, but we weren't really expecting much along those lines.

I'm glad we had a chance to drive it about for a day, because it is a fun toy. But we are unlikely to ever rent one again.

And where did we drive?

As a matter of fact, we used the Mobility Car to drive to car dealerships. Our intention was to just have a look at what might be available, costs for new versus used and how the whole process works. We wanted to do some comparisons so that we would be better able to evaluate the Mobility Car vs. Personal Car options.

At least, that was our intention...

However, we happened upon a Toyota dealership that was selling a Demo Car. It's a 2006 Toyota Rav 4, silver with black interior. And because it was only used as their showroom demo, it has astoundingly few kilometers on it. And it is fully warranteed. The closest thing to a brand new car you can get with a used car price sticker on it.

It was too good of a deal to pass up. And we knew that a deal like that wouldn't sit out on the lot for long. So we jumped on it.

We pick it up on February 20th. It's taking so long because they need to run our paperwork to make certain we are in the country legally before they can give us the ownership of it. That will take about a week. It will also give us time to arrange for the insurance.

We didn't take a photo of the actual car, but it looks just like this...

Room for four people (five if you squeeze) and still space leftover for luggage. Plus, it's an all-wheel drive. Not really necessary at the moment, but we've been told that Switzerland usually gets quite a lot of snow.


Anonymous said...

I am surprised you didn't just say it fits 5, afterall wasn't that the discussion over New Years??????

Oh yeah, and I am a touch jealous.

Love you - :)

Expat Traveler said...

Oh wow - that is awesome. WE were just discussing this car in fact today. And by the way, usually it's like months before you can even get a car because you have to order the darn thing!

How cool that you guys will have a car! And a nice one at that... Happy travels!

By the way, now that you will be getting this, I can suggest a few must do trips on your weekends off!

Feel free to email me, or of course I should just check the haloscan to make sure your email address is there...

Global Librarian said...

It does fit five, just not comfortably if one is on a long trip.

We won't be using it much for the short trips. In fact, it will likely sit in the garage a fair amount of the time. Fred will still take the bus to work and we will still take the train to Zürich.

I will use it for the dry cleaning. Hauling the clean clothes up the hill is just too much of a pain.

But I'll still do the grocery shopping on foot. There is rarely a spot in the Migros or Coop parking garages anyway.

CanadianSwiss said...

That's a really nice car! Congratulations and happy driving :)