The agony, the decisions, the wheels! Car shopping is all of these things and so much more. I think most women envision a car as transportation from place one to place two. A man, or my husband, looks at a car as so much more. They/he looks at the leather wrapped steering wheel; I didn't even know they made one of those. The outsize appearance is just as important as everything under the hood and in the cabin. The details of the engine and the new features of the overall car went directly over my head, in one ear and out the other. Sure I like a new car but I made that decision with the first glance.
Researching safety issues and recalls is apparently vitally important, along with numerous test drives at various dealerships. After many hours spent researching and studying, it became time to make the final decision. We finally decided and knew the make and model of the car but the big decision now ended up being the color of the exterior and the interior.
So after probably a month of research, many discussions, test drives, etc. we ended up with the same car we had previously except for a different color and a different year, otherwise the same in every other way.
Was it worth the extra steps in research and time spent making a decision? Who knows? But it sure smells good.