Follow your brain instead of your heart

When I stopped at the Budget Rental Car desk, the clerk offered a choice of a Nissan Altima or a VW Beetle. The decision was easy, I took the Beetle. I love the Beetle.

I like the way they look. I like the way they handle. I like the roomy interior (at least in the front seat).


I know the Beetle well since I’ve had two of them. My first Beetle was a used car, and I enjoyed it so much that two years later, I bought a new one making us a two Beetle family…one for me and one for Emily when she turned 16.

However, what a mistake! Not long after the second Beetle was purchased, the repairs on the first started. Not big things, but everything had to be done by the dealer. Changing a battery or a headlight couldn’t be done by the owner. And don’t dare use a non-VW part. Nothing’s compatible.

Break downs on the Interstate. Towed vehicles. A headlight that fell out while driving down the road. AAA the best investment ever as an owner of a Beetle.

Nevertheless, I was immediately attracted to the “new” New Beetle. (The new beetle from the early 2000s is no longer in production…I wonder why?)

Since we’re in the market for a car, I looked up the reviews of this new and improved version of the car I love and found bad news…rated one of the worst cars in its class by Consumer Reports. I won’t make this mistake again. Car buying needs to be guided by research not by emotion. It’s time to get facts, read reviews, find a quality, reliable vehicle and then make a purchase based on what my brain tells me, not what my heart says.

Buying a car is a big purchase, follow your brain instead of your heart.