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.



Super Ad Sunday

Super Bowl foods, Super Bowl predictions, Super Bowl previews, even a story about a “bet” between an art museum in Denver and one in Seattle in which the museum from the city of the team that loses the Super Bowl will loan a piece of art from their collection to the museum of the winning team. Stories relating to the Super Bowl have dominated the news for the past two weeks.

Best of all, many of the Super Bowl ads have been “leaked” this week. I know many people prefer to watch the ads for the first time during the game, but I’ve enjoyed watching them a few at a time. It takes far too much concentration for me to watch both the game and the ads, and at the end of the night I won’t be able to remember more than a couple of ads.

If you’re like me and want to watch at least a few of the Super Ads before the game, then check these out. There are some good ones. I think I’m leaning toward the Volkswagen commercial, but I’ll wait until after the game when all of the ads have been unveiled to determine this year’s champion.

So which ad ranks as your early favorite? Leave a comment with your choice.