Yes, I have finally acquired a new vehicle. After shopping every smallish hatchback/wagon style and nearly every dealer in Southern California, I settled on a cute little Honda Fit Sport Automatic with tinted windows (so no-one can see all the junk I keep in the back).
Blessings on the wonderful Internet. Once I had narrowed my choice, all negotiating was done by email and phone. I didn't actually see the dealer with the best quote until I went there to pick up the car.
And should you ever be shopping for a Honda in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend these folks. They consistently had the lowest numbers through several rounds of quotes. And the customer service! Food and beverages while doing the paperwork, special coupons for free oil changes, etc., multiple thanks by email and on embossed stationery.
My bike fits nicely in the Fit, so it can go everywhere with me. If the bicycle looks a bit odd, that's cuz it's a folding bike. The wheels are full-size (unlike most folders), but there's a hinge on the crossbar that allows it to fold in half, thus taking up much less space. The handlebars can detach and drop down too, but I usually don't bother. I had intended to buy a small-wheel folder, but when I saw this one (Dahon Espresso), I fell in love.
So, that's an end to shopping for things with wheels (hmmmmm, except maybe for the spinning kind). We will now return to the customary fiber frolics.