My new Car, drive or ship?

1996 Honda Accord
Looks great for a 15-year old car!

 

I have great news, I am getting a new car.  Well… a “new” car to me at least.  I will be buying a 1996 Honda Accord from my Grandma in Irvine, California.  It has 120,000 miles on it, was kept in superb condition, runs and drives great.  Lucky for this car it has been in CA its whole life.  So no harsh winters, therefore no rust.  Originally it was my aunt's car and now I'm buying it.  Accords are such good cars, we want to keep this one in the family.  I know I will be able to get another 120,000 miles out of it easily.  Maybe even get 300,000+ miles out of this car.  Hey, it's a Honda!  It can make it.

The only problem is… well… I'm in Baltimore, MD and the car is in Irvine, CA.  That's on the other side of the county.  My two options are to ship it through an auto transport company, or drive it on a fantastic road trip across the country.  I would love to drive it, but my family feel it's better to ship it and not put extra miles on the car.  My thoughts are “It will be an adventure.  Besides it's a Honda, another 3,000 miles is nothing.  It should make it back to Baltimore no problem!”  The car does need a few maintenance items before it could make a cross country trip.  The back tires should be replaced, it could use a new battery, a brake flush, and probably an oil change.  Just that, then it should be set.  I'm having trouble deciding.  Shipping would be about $800-1000.  Driving might work out to be about the same, but it would be an unforgettable journey.

I would love to hear suggestions, comments, or advice from people.  What are your thoughts?  Ship or drive?

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GM to Break Ground on Eletric Motor Plant in Baltimore

Tomorrow (Tuesday) May 17th there will be a Opening Ceremony for General Motor's new Electric Motor plant here in Baltimore.  Well known local dignitaries will be attending, such as Governor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Maryland Representative Dutch Ruppersberger.  Also the US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, and GM Vice President of Energy Mike Robinson will be at the event as well.

It's nice to see Baltimore is getting auto manufacturing back, after this plant stopped producing the GMC Safari/Chevy Astro vans several years ago.  Hopefully this is not just a revival for Baltimore, but the industry as a whole.

What:

  • General Motor's breaking ground on the new Electric Motor plant in Baltimore!

When:

  • Tuesday, May 17
  • 10 am – 11:15 am

Where:

  • GM Baltimore Operations
    10301 Philadelphia Rd.
    White Marsh, MD 21162

Driver’s Edge: Real driving Education for Teens

Driver's Edge is a great organization with a very important mission. To save the lives of young drivers! The aim of Driver's Edge is to bring European driver education (which is more stringent and advanced) to US teenagers. The biggest killer of teenagers is not guns, drugs, or alcohol….. but car accidents. Bringing better driving education to this age group, Driver's Edge is trying to get those car accident deaths of young drivers down.

When you go out for the day to one of the Driver's Edge programs, it's a lot of fun. They will run a you through several different emergency maneuvering techniques. (In a BMW!) You'll get to experience what is like to take a car to it's limit in a controlled situation. You also get some Free goodies. I got a T-Shirt and emergency roadside kit, that I still have in my car.

I had a great time doing it and I highly recommend any teenagers sign-up or parents with teenagers sign-up and go. Best part about Driver's Edge? It's completely Free!

Driver's Edge will be conducting a program in Washington D.C. The program will be the weekend of June 18 & 19, 2011 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. You must register for the program, if you are interested. It's done on a first come, first serve basis! Registration will open Thursday, May 12 AT 6:00pm (Eastern Daylight Time). Spots are expected to fill quickly, so please sign-up asap if you want a spot or a spot for your teenager. Driver's Edge is open to anyone age 21, or younger, with a valid learner's permit or driver's license.

4 Time Slots are Available, See below for instructions. Only register for one class. Students must stay for the full duration of the class.

  • Saturday, June 18, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Sunday, June 19, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Sunday, June 19, 1:00pm – 5:30pm

On Thursday, May 12 at 6:00pm (Eastern Time), you will see that WASHINGTON D.C. will become available for registration on our Tour Schedule & Registration page (link below). Click on “register now” to sign up. **IMPORTANT NOTE** Submitting Registration – When completing your registration, there will be a submit button after you fill out the student's information: “Sign Me Up”. PLEASE CLICK THE “SIGN ME UP” BUTTON ONLY ONCE. After clicking “sign me up”, the next page will take SEVERAL MINUTES TO LOAD. Every time “sign me up” is pushed, a registration is submitted. Please be patient. Thank you. *We are working on resolving this technical issue and appreciate your patience in the process. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE SESSION. All registrants will receive an e-mail with class details approximately 7 days PRIOR to the program date. THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 AT 6:00P.M. (Eastern Time)

To register visit: www.driversedge.org/events/currentevents.aspx

For more info visit: http://www.driversedge.org/

Gas over $4!

Well… it's official.  Most gas stations are above $4 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  I passed several which were way above the $4 mark.  One Exxon I saw was $4.17 for regular gas!  The gas station (and repair shop) where I work went up 14 cents today!  From $3.95 to $4.09 per gallon for regular gas payed with a credit card.  You save 4 cents paying with cash, but with these prices it makes you feel the pain no matter how you pay.  It's completely crazy!  I saw 1 station that was still at $3.95 for regular.  With most of the other gas stations above the $4 mark they will most likely be going up tomorrow, or have already gone up as of tonight.  It's ridiculous because there  probably is no real reason for the prices to be going up so quickly and going so high.  I guess I need to start grouping my errands and choose where I'm driving carefully.

MD State Inspection Classes at CCBC

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will be having MD State Inspection Classes.  They are designed to prepare an automotive technician for doing the written or hands-on (state trooper observes the technician) portion of the testing.

 

Preparation for MD State Safety Inspection Test (Written)

April 9, 2011 – ARP29D/41473

May 11, 2011 – ARP29F/41474

June 11, 2011 – ARP294G/43156

July 9. 2011 – ARP294A/70438

August 13, 2011 – ARP294B/70440

Time: 9am – 3:30pm

Location: CCBC – Catonsville/R100D

Price: $229 per person

 

MD State Inspection Hands-On Test Preparation

May 21 & 28, 2011 – ARP732D/41475

June 18 & 25, 2011 – ARP732E/43157

July 16 & 23, 2011 – ARP732A/70439

August 20 & 27, 2011 – ARP732B/70441

Time: 8am – 5pm (Saturdays)

Price: $449 per person

Location: CCBC-Catonsville/R Building

 

To register call #443-840-4700