We have $3800 for a new JNC purchase. The sky’s the limit.
What should we buy next? Still need it to be a daily driver and be able to survive the summer heat (and some winter chills!).
What JNC should we buy for $3800 as a daily driver?
To find out why we have $3800, hit the jump!
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Disaster!! Last week we asked you how to prepare the Shuttle for a road trip and Randy gave some solid advice for preparing a JNC for the road ahead. Although it was excellent advice, nothing can prepare us for a distracted driver. Cruising on I-5 aka “the five” with three other friends, we run into a bit of traffic slowdown. Ironically, an accident up ahead. While everyone was moving at a slow clip, traffic came to a near crawl as we approached the accident.
Unfortunately, the Suburban behind us wasn’t so aware and proceeded to turn the rear end of the Shuttle into a crumpled soda can. Once more, because we were moving at a slow roll, the Honda Shuttle dove head-first into the car in front of us; a ’97 Maxima.
The good news is, everyone came away without injury. The bad news is, the Shuttle, doing what its namesake was made for–moving some friends around– is no more. After exchanging insurance info., talking to the police and adding to the carnage on the side of the road; we are now car less.
We’ve been in contact with the insurance adjuster with the final verdict being: totaled. Makes sense with rear AND front end damage. There is a silver lining in all of this, though. Because we had so much pride and joy from this excellent JNC example, we have TONS of pictures that show the pre-accident condition. The blue book value is sitting at a dismal $800-ish (obviously with no consideration of the rising cost of JNCs) but, because we have the bill of sale, and excellent photos on our side, we compelled the insurance company to instead look at replacement value.
With all the above considered, we were able to get $1800 for our trusty Shuttle. Add in the mint interior that we stripped beforehand AND the cash we planned on using for the week-long road trip; we are sitting around 3200-ish for a new ride. Payday is in a week’s time so we can add a bit more (if needed) for a car-shopping kitty of about $3800.
Sorry Randy, your Shuttle is toast…
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