I Can’t Drive 55 … At The Auto Show

Technically, you can’t drive ANYTHING at the Auto show, but that didn’t stop us from going. We went a few years ago and had a pretty good time so we decided to go again this year. The last time we went, it was HUGE! There were all kinds of cars there from every dealer imaginable. There was also a large display from Volo with a lot of the movie cars and classics there as well. This year, the Chicago Auto Show, supposedly the biggest in the country, didn’t seem as impressive as it has in the past.

The Volo cars and a bunch of the other things a few years back were in a “back room” area. This year that area was all closed off. Also, not one single  Lamborghini or other insanely expensive car in the joint. I was a little sad about that. I purposely didn’t shave today so I could look scary enough that those people would look at me funny when I wanted to touch their cars.

It did seem that there we more test track this year than in the past. Most of the exhibit space was taken up by these tracks so you can “test ride” the cars. None of these courses of course give you the test drive experience, but it is a good way to make you stand in line for an hour for 3 min of being a passenger at 3 m.p.h.  We didn’t do any of these this year.

This year we were focused. We both want new cars. Jackie wants an SUV and I want an SUV as well … or a, wait for it … mini van. Yeah, I said mini van. I like the Dodge with the sto-and-go seating. Yeah, I am in full on Daddy mode. There are a few SUVs that I would like as well. Jackie and I looked at every SUV there I think. We found something out today, we both have the same taste in SUVs. The one’s that we can’t afford. I like the Lexus. Jackie liked the Lexus. It wasn’t the “cheap” Lexus either. We also like a few other SUVs that cost so much money that they got 10 miles per gallon. That is something that always amazes me … the more expensive the car, the crappier the mileage it gets. I suppose if you can afford a car payment of $800 a month you don’t care about the mileage that you get.

We also had Tori with us for her first major all day outing. SHE WAS A CHAMP! She ate there, and slept a little but she was nice and quite and behaved all day. She particularly like the Smart Car and the Mini 4 door. We didn’t let her sign up for anything though because she is just way too young to get that much spam. We even went out to dinner after our long day and Tori just went with it. Hopefully this is how she is always going to be when we go out. Everyone stopping by to see her because she is so cute and not because they are stopping by to tell us she is quite. It will always be this way. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

So to sum up … Chicago Auto Show … good but not as good as a few years ago. A good place to decide what we want to test drive but other than that, not much info, go to the dealer for better one on one and so you can look at a car without 400 kids climbing through the car.

Until next time, ponder this … “if you were driving 55 miles per hour and you collided with a runaway train, would it make ANY improvement on your face?”


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