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Purchasing the Lotus, Pt. II

Posted on 2013.08.23 at 00:00
Current Location: 67114
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I'd called my Allstate agent and asked about insurance on an Elise - higher than I anticipated. I'd asked the Bank President if he could keep his ear to the ground on one - he mentioned knowing of one already in town (odd for this tiny place). When I finally saw it, I pulled a quick U-turn, and introduced myself to the owner.

We talked for about half an hour - where to get it repaired (there's a place in Wichita), routine maintenance costs (oil change, $200), and the best way for me to find one. I mentioned someone was going to stand up and take notice if there were TWO in Newton, for surely that would be a pretty high per capita ownership in a town this size (<20k).

Her's is a 2006 Exige - far out of my price range, but quite the collectible. I've found the Elise, low-mileage and pre-owned in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. It's getting closer to reality all the time.


Makes my Tiburon look like a Buick


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Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2013-08-23 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
That is one zippy-looking little speedster. If the Tib looks like a Buick, the Genesis must look like a tank!
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-08-26 20:48 (UTC) (Link)
Not just zippy-looking. Thing is, even when I'm in the Grand Marquis I'm first off the line. This is just going to be overkill.

And tank? You really have no idea.
Quicksilvermad
quicksilvermad at 2013-08-23 05:16 (UTC) (Link)
My neighbor had a roommate for a while who owned a black 2010 Lotus Elise. He wasn't careful with it. He must have gone too fast over a speed hump or something, because he ruined the front bumper. Like, one day it's sitting in the parking space all perfect and sleek, and the next it's all screwed up.

It hurt me to see the damage done to that gorgeous car.
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-08-26 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. I wish I could afford a 2010. Or black (the "Motorsport Black" adds something like $2k to the price). Still. Dude, a Lotus? The next time you're in Texas you should let me drive down to meet you guys :D
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