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Sportage Shortage

Published May 4, 2012 - 2 Comments

What I wanted...

I thought that was a pretty clever title for a blog post, but it only makes sense if you are reading it with the American pronunciation.  From the Kia USA ads that I’ve seen on TV, they pronounce it differently than we do in Canada.  Sportage rhymes with shortage in the USA.  Here, it rhymes with fromage… as in the French word for cheese.  In that case, the title of my post isn’t nearly as witty as it’s supposed to be.

But I digress…

Seems that there is a shortage of Kia Sportages in the basic package (manual transmission) in the colour that I’m looking for.  They looked through their system and found only 2 Sportages in all of Atlantic Canada… both of them orange.  Generally I am not a fan of orange, but I actually think that the metallic orange looks good on these vehicles… and I probably would have agreed to it had I not been reminded that I will have this car for a long time, and that orange is probably going to get tiresome after a couple of years.  Yeah… I can see that… me pushing 50, driving an old pumpkin.  It would be one thing if I was leasing it for a couple of years, or planning to trade it in, but I tend to drive my cars into the ground, so I’m going to be with this one for a while.

So right now the Sportage that I want is sitting on a railcar somewhere between the factory and here.  It’s not expected to arrive until the 11th, which is an entire week from now.  In the meantime I’ve been given a Kia Spectra as a loaner car, considering MY Spectra wasn’t exactly safe to drive any more.  You’re not supposed to be able to see metal where tire tread used to be?  Really?  Hmm… ok..

All they seemed to have...