Getting Fit

I have purchased a new Honda Fit!

The new fit!

Shiny. It’s the Sport version. It’s silver — sorry, Storm Silver Metallic — and has a manual transmission. Vroom!

After grumbling about car salespeople, I need to mention the two good ones I ended up dealing with. Bubba Stockton (!) at Jerry Damson Honda of Florence, AL gave me a straight-forward quote over email. And Tom Bendetta of Jerry Damson Honda of Huntsville, AL worked with us for nearly a week. He gave us the information we needed, worked hard to get us the cars we wanted to test-drive, and was helpful without being pushy. When I went to him with Bubba’s below-invoice quote, he matched it, and removed the fees I wanted removed. If you’re looking for a Honda in the Huntsville area, I’d recommend working with Tom.

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting an Alabama specialty plate to support a cause such as saving the Saturn V that’s been decaying in the hot summers for years. If I do that, I can personalize the tag. So, Internet, tell me: what should I put on the tag? Things I will not be putting on there include LOLCAT and DRBOOM.

16 thoughts on “Getting Fit

  1. DR EVIL
    YA PHD

    Shall I go on?

    [At one point, my brother realized that “IJSM.ORG” would fit on a license plate. I’ve thought about it.]

  2. WHUT?

    (Okay, they probably don’t let you have question marks on license plates. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did, though?)

    Or, if you wanted to dive deep into IF geekdom (and possibly commit yourself to your current volunteer position for as long as you own your car):


    I also like ELIZA. Brings in both your kids and an IF ref at the same time. On the downside, it might be a bit odd to drive around a car whose license plate proclaims a name that isn’t yours.

  3. Wow, I don’t think I’ve EVER seen anyone with anything nice to say about car salesmen before. We may actually have to buy our next car in Alabama…

  4. CARBOOM (although with the current war climate this may not be the best idea)
    NOTAWGN (not a wagon)

    Once you get that corvette Stephen, you can get what my friend has on his: R 401K

  5. Love the car! I’m glad to know that there are some good salesmen out there, and that overall your experience was not that bad.

  6. Ooooh! Aside from the sport bit this is our car exactly, right down to the color and manual transmission. 🙂 YAY FIT. I can’t say enough good things about it.

    Don’t have a tag for you, though I’ll put in another vote for ELIZA. That’s a good one.

  7. Paul, I generally own cars for 8 to 10 years. I’m not sure I’m going to sign up for that many years.

    Vika, two things sold me on the Sport trim line, one practical, one not. The cruise control was practical. The ability to play MP3 CDs and have a 1/8″ RCA input was less practical but more fun.

  8. Cool… how soon do you start adding antennas? 😛 I did consider getting a Fit when my Saturn was totalled a year ago, but it was just a bit out of my price range. With my current luck in cars, I should have this one for about another year before it gets totalled and then I’ll be shopping again.

  9. Sweet! Sean and I’ve looked at getting a Fit for me when the Miata goes dedicated racer.

    And for a license plate, how about BOOMBOX?

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