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To Buy or Not To Buy

By Eleanor Published: March 5, 2010

€œThey just don't make €˜em like they used to.€ No one can deny that. I have no expectation of my 2006 Saturn Vue outlasting my friends 1931 Lincoln, let alone being a collector vehicle or worth restoration. I truly don't expect it to last the 25 years to be called a €œclassic€ (but that's a completely different blog!).

 That being said, there's also nothing quite like a brand new car. The unblemished paint, uncrushed carpet, spotless interior and, of course, learning all the new gadgets. As part of my automobile education, I took my first trip to the Cleveland Auto Show this week.  It was interesting to see what the manufacturers are coming up with to draw attention to their cars. Being able to sit in all the cars  gave me insight on what I really like.

 I had been eyeing the ads for the new Lincoln MKZ and was disappointed to find nothing about the car wowed me as I expected and sitting in the driver's seat just didn't feel right. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. There are features you look for in a car but if it doesn't feel right when you sit in the driver's seat all the bells and whistles will not make up for that.  Several years ago when Ford came out with the retro look Mustang I was sure I wanted one. I took one for a test drive only to discover nothing was in my reach.  Of course, I had to check out the beautiful Shelbys at the IX Center, but alas, the chemistry didn't happen.

 All in all, it was a nice show. Having never been there before I don't have a perspective on €œthe good old days€. Help me out€¦have you made the trip? How does this year compare? Was there anything you had to have?

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