'Yes I think my mind's made up.' That's what I said back in February when I started to think about a replacement car for Leif, my little green Skoda Citigo. I'd hit upon the idea of having a Fiat 500. You'll remember I toyed with a diesel one and then got hit by eco angst. In the end I thought I'd decided on the 0.9 dual air version in a natty shade of salmon pink called 'Glam Coral'.
But then I had a change of heart. Those little Italian jobs are everywhere and have become a bit too ubiquitous. I like to be different. And did I really want a two door car and a step down in overall space? Leif has been jolly handy for lugging around camping equipment and taking stuff to the dump. A bike rack fits easily on his back too. Perhaps the real clincher was the lack of heated seats in the Fiat 500 even as a extra. Louis and I have got rather partial to having our bums warmed on chilly days!
So back to Skoda it was. Another Citigo will be perfectly fine. I played around with the car configurator on the company's website and found that I could add better air conditioning and a sun roof. On warmer winter days we might have wind in our hair as well as heat around our nether regions. This is the car I ordered yesterday. Skoda have a special offer event on this weekend and I thought it was a good time to do it. 'Little Blue' will arrive in September. He's on lease for three and a half years. Then there's the option to buy. If I'm feeling really flush at the time he'll make a brilliant present for Louis' 18th birthday.