So, an eejit in a Ford Regulus with bullbars decided to ram into the back of our stationary 2001 GT-T Caldina at an intersection. We've just been told our car is now not economical to repair. We might get $5-6k for it from insurance. So, where to from here?
We love our Caldina. It's the family wagon (two primary-age kids), it goes like the clappers. It hold a ton and just frikkin works. Until now.
SO, we only really load up the car to the gunnels for twice-yearly trips to Taupo (from Auckland) plus a camping trip or two in summer. So we're thinking that we should swap over to a smaller car, some kind of pocket rocket, and just hire a SUV or something when we need it. Possibly even get a plugin hybrid?!?
Between Toyotas, Hondas and Mazdas, what's the story? What should we be looking at? What do we need to consider when looking at batteries? Anything else?