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We went to the toyota dealership on Monday night, and took a look at the Echo.

I found that the inside was a bit too small for comfort for me; I couldn't get the seat to go back quite far enough, and I'm not that tall. It was better to drive than the Accent, but not as nice as the Civic, so I think that we're going to go with that.

I'm trying to get an online quote for insurance to make sure that we can handle that, financially speaking. Once that is cleared up, we can go and buy the car - hopefully by this weekend, so we should actually own a car by next week.

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kalivor
Mar. 9th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Pez suggested to me, and I forward the suggestion to you, to look at some sort of group insurance.

It seems that alumni associations and many (good) employers have group insurance plans that come much cheaper than standard insurance rates. The McMaster alumni association uses Meloche Monex, but you'll probably also want to check out any insurance company that your company (and the UofT alumni assoc. (if graduate student alumni qualify) and Sheridan's alumni assoc, if it has one) might have a deal with.
curgoth
Mar. 9th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
My employer, technically speaking, currently sells it's own brand of auto insurance. Unfortunately, they won't even give me a quote without me filling out a paper form, mailing it in and waiting 15 days. In the grand tradition of my employer, there is no advantage, rate-wise, for employees - when they opened their own auto insurance line, they shut down the old group auto insurance plan.

I will look into the alumni association thing, though...
curgoth
Mar. 9th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm, U of T does alumni insurance through meloche monnex as well. Sheridan offers it through some other branch of TD bank. The only thing that worries me about this route is how this works out for Liz and I; would it mean that we'd have to get insured by different companies? Would *that* cause problems for Liz, since she only wants to be insured as a secondary driver? Bah. I suppose I should start askign the companies these questions.
webby
Mar. 9th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
try PC Insurance...I find its pretty cheap...

http://www.pcinsurance.ca/

Plus! They give online quotes
curgoth
Mar. 9th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Actually, despite the fact that I work for them (more or less), they won't give me an online quote; I haven't had my license long enugh, so I'd have to print off a form, fill it out, mail it in and wait 15 days for an answer. Which isn't really helpful for my timeline.
webby
Mar. 9th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Well I feel dumb! I didn't know you worked for them. lol. Ah well. They wouldn't give me one either until yesterday. But it wsa still cheap! Can you call the number? or rather... have Liz call?
curgoth
Mar. 9th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
It's ok... the Loblaws/President's Choice Empire has gotten pretty broad by now.

Based on what I know about how PC Insurance works, phoning in wouldn't help; otherwise, the website would tell me to call, not print out a form and mail it in. Nasically, I'm not thier target market, so they don't really want me as a customer.
thekat03
Mar. 10th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
yay honda civic!
does this mean that at some point you guys might drive down to cleveland to visit peoples? *grin*
curgoth
Mar. 10th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Well, it depends on insurance... the one quote we;'ve managed to get online was... terrifying. More than the car payments. If they're all like that, I may have to move to fall back plan E ( A, B, C and D being exhausted )
thekat03
Mar. 10th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
poo. i hope you guys can find something more affordable or figure something else out that works.
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