Silicon Valley Auto Show 2019

When my mechanic told me to stop paying money to fix my car and go buy a new one, I hated to admit it, but I had to agree with him.  The cost of the repairs was more than the Kelly Blue Book Value of the car.  It is time for me to buy a new car.

That's why I'm glad that the Silicon Valley Auto Show is at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center starting on Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10, 2019.  It's a perfect opportunity for me to look for a new car rather than going from dealership to dealership.  You can even take some of the cars for a test drive.

I'm one of those sentimental people who name their cars.  My 1996 Volkswagen Golf name is Betsy.  She had gotten me from point A to point B and back home again safely with only 2 minor fender benders that didn't even leave a scratch on the bumpers.  Both times by the way were not my fault.

1996 Volkswagen Golf original color is suede silver but now it has faded to beige.

Betsy has traveled a total of 201,611 miles but somehow never left the state of California.  The farthest north I've driven was to Jack London Historic State Park to complete a homework assignment for a California history class and the farthest south was to Pismo Beach, a place where you can actually drive your vehicle on the beach.

California's Best Trips: 33 Amazing Road TripsBack Roads CaliforniaPacific Coast Highways Road TripsCalifornia Road Trip

Will I buy another Volkswagen?  Maybe.  I do want to see what else is out there.  The San Jose Public Library has many resources available so I can be an "informed" consumer.  For example, e-magazines that are available through RBDigital:

Motor Trend 2018-9 Car Truck SUV Buyer's GuideCar and DriverRoad & TrackHot Rod

There is also the ChiltonLibrary database.  I used it when my headlight cover got smashed.  I knew that I had to get it fixed before I got a fix-it ticket.  All I had to do was type in the make, model, and year of my car and read the instructions to figure out if it was something I could fix because I do have a tool box with actual tools or should I leave it to the professionals.  There is even a labor estimate tab to help you make a decision.

Did you know that the State of California will give you up to $1,500 depending on your income to "retire" your car?  There are stipulations so check the Department of Motor Vehicle website for details.

If you need to practice taking the written driving test, the Driving Test database is able to help.

Here some books and e-books that I found interesting on history and the future of the automobile:

Drive!: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto AgeEngines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen CarsAmerican Auto LegendsMotor GirlsCarLegendary American CarsArt of the Hot RodCar Wars: the Rise, the Fall, and the Resurgence of the Electric CarWhy We Drive: the Past, Present, and Future of Automobiles in AmericaTraffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us)ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the FutureNo One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future

Hope to see you at the Silicon Valley Auto Show.

 

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