10am. Still at the bar.
Giovanni wakes up peeling his face of the cool wooden counter. Certainly not the best way to sleep a night.
Hungover he moves to the coffee machine and fills a normal sized cup with Espresso.
Not having died a caffeine death, Giovanni sits back at his ‘workspace’. Still only half awake he looks at his list of selected cars. 19 cars which he found interresting. He can’t testdrive them all. So it’s time to open the spreadsheet:
First on the list was the Knightwick C-Start. A perfect start to test the excel. With a look at the detailed page for the car, Giovanni quickly manages to get the most important stuff. Looking at the whole dataset the C-Start looked like a very average thing. Total costs, which were calculated out the total purchase price, service costs for each car and their fuel costs, this even came up as one of the cheapest option. The biggest problem with it, wasn’t really… it. The real problem is, looking at the list, that some other cars are just better options.
Next on the list was the Bermag Nano. The stylish little hatchback was a favorite of Giovanni. Buuuut looking at the whole list, there was a very big problem with it: Its the most expensive car to operrate of them all, even more expensive than 5 Asante’s. With that, Giovanni would need to think to only buy 3 of these, or look for a cheaper alternativ, which was probally the wiser move.
The Kuma K was one of three coupes in the list, so it already had a lot of pressure coming at it. Giovanni liked this as much as the Nano and adding to his good mood was that the Kuma somehow also manges to be better than the Nano in every way. Well, besides its cargo volume, which was with 373L the smallest on the lot. But somehow that fact didn’t stop Giovanni from liking it. The thing better be a wonder to drive or Giovanni was going to throw some hands.
Next was the Zephorus ET Cruise. Like the Kuma this was mostly put on the list for interresting Giovanni. And it didn’t stop on the outside. The car is fitted with a 5 speed Dual Clutch and runs “Active Swaybars”, of which Giovanni had no idea what it was. All that fancy tech adds up pretty quickly, becoming one of the most expensive cars to operate. And besides the giant cargo volume the ET Cruise didn’t bring much more to the table.
The Pikemen was the second coupe on Giovanni’s list and frankly he was disapointed: Expensive to buy, highest service costs of all cars and it comes with a chassis made out of untreated steel. Thats three X’s from the jury.
The Martos was basicly a slighty better C-Start, for only a fraction of the price, Meaning that getting 4 of these was the better option. And the total costs also didn’t make Giovanni’s wallet cry. Time for a test drive.
The Olsson fell victim to the Martos, being not bad, but being slighty worse. Knowing that Giovanni really didn’t had any reason to further look into this.
The Lupin was the cheapest option here, Giovanni calculated. But that had a reason, so did he discover. First this would only allow for 3 cars, and those would have been also the most thristiest of all. Furthermore the Lupin was built again on a bare steel chassis. With those factors Giovanni deleted the Lupin from his list.
Giovanni was angry. Very angry, he has been lied to. The Cince turned out be probally the worst option on the list, One of the highest service costs, bad emission ratings, worst reliablity and not only did the car take hints from the 70’s design, but also its technology. The thing was completly made out of steel, only being protected by its paint, the engine also seems to run an ancient SPI system. If Giovanni wanted something from that age he’d buy a Scagliati or something.
Next one on Giovanni’s list was the Mei Ling. And Giovanni was surprised. The panel van was cheap to buy, run and operate and looking at the details it even was better than some of the other cars. The only time Giovanni lifted an eyebrow was the 5 Speed DCT. He was sure to give this a go. Maybe he could even ask the salesman what the Fortnite was?
The Kita was stitting perfectly balanced between all the other cars. But being average was not good enough for Giovanni. Especially when he noticed another Steel chassis.
The Entara was one of two Crossover on Giovanni’s list and while it was one of the few cars Giovanni only could purchase 3 of, it didn’t look that bad on paper. At least it would be a good alternative in case every other car would fall flat and he would safe a lot of money in total costs. Worth a visit he thoughed.
Ah yes the Asante. Giovanni was interrested about this one. Having 5 of these would be something he didn’t really account for. But luckly he didn’t had to. The car was made from bare steel all around and ran a Front/Back drum setup. Yeah no. Spending the extra cash on something nicer, would probally benefit everybody.
Next one was the Hakaru. The other crossover on Giovanni’s list. And while it is just slighty worse than the Entara, that was already enough to kick it of his list. Being much cheaper with only slight to no downgrades, the Entara was the better option on paper.
The Puck was diffrent and Giovanni liked that, but unlike other oddities this was very capable, with very good numbers across the board. In every category, Giovanni listed, the Anhultz was great to brillant. Giovanni was already exicted to test this one out.
The Winnie was again one of the many microcars Giovanni bookmarked. Looking at the details, Giovanni’s eyebrow rose up. Another weird gearbox, but unlike the Mei Ling or ET Cruise, this was a 4 speed automatic.
But, the Winnie also manages to make up for that, by just being much cheaper. Worth a try Giovanni guessed.
The Motorpop was another Microcar Giovanni fancied. And while this was at least as capable as the Mei Ling, Puck and Winnie, there was one big red flag. ‘49hp’. The Go didn’t really go anywhere. Looking at some of the reviews the car apperently does the 0-100 sprint in around 15 seconds. Sure Giovanni knew these weren’t going to be sportscars, but even he knew that, that was just not good enough.
Speaking of: The Meko. Sharing the Go’s horrible performance, and being medicore everywhere else, Giovanni didn’t really see the point of going further with this
The Hunt was another of the ‘3 car fleet’ vehicles. While having high hopes, these were quickly dropped hard when Giovanni saw that the Hunt had the hightes service costs of them all. Running higher in total than the Nano. Coupled with the fact that this was also just slighty to on pair with both crossovers, Giovanni made the descision to not furter look into this.
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