Well, today I went to the dealer Autopunkten here in Stockholm.
I really wanted to test drive an Accord, and walked in there with an air of expectation...
The dealer wanted to know what I was going for... and I said Accord Tourer, automatic. Possibly leather seats.
"We have one out there that we will give a very good price on" - he said.
OK, make your calculations, I said, and let me test drive.
No problems - so out I went with the nice Accord.
Allright... I like the automatic gearbox. Smooth. I love the ride and the seats - also smooth. Where the Civic hops and jumps, the Accord definitely has more dignity to it... quieter in general.
But the steering... oh my god... the steering... it was like driving the battleship Missouri...!!! Where the Civic is quick, responsive... the Accord felt really sluggish... slow... well - of course - should one say "dignified" again...?
The crown of the jewel was when I got back - the dealer gave me what he said was a good price. He maintained that the car's new price was 378000 SEK, and he was going to make me a good price - 3000 km driven - of 330000 SEK. My Civic would be taken at 100000 SEK (it's a 2007 with 40000 km). So 230000 krona - well, not a bad price I thought.
But a new Accord Executive Top-of-the-line with navi and automatic.... is at a regular price of max 340000 krona...?!? Already here I could guess something wasn't really right.... so I said I would go back and think about it.
Good thing I did... because on the internet the car (the actual, same car) was put up at a price of 298000 krona! He was trying to cheat me and take new-car-price for a demo car with 3000 km on the meter...
You guessed it. No business with him anymore.
And - I am not entirely convinced an Accord would be a lot better than a new Civic this fall, so I'll just hang on to this one a little bit longer...
I also have to say... it's the first time I've been happy to return to my "old" car after driving a "new" car...
There you go, my 2 cent story... Cheers everybody!