2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Car-Shopping With Wart
December 23, 2011
I've been car-shopping this week and have gone from test-drive to test-drive in the Fiat 500. My husband, who is immune to the charms of the car, has taken to calling it the Wart -- something about it being a little red lump. Probably because that's so cruel, I sometimes call it just plain Wart, which is more endearing. It's the name of the scrawny stable boy in T.H. White's "The Sword in the Stone" who turns out to be King Arthur.
I've had fun pulling up at some of the tonier dealerships around town in Wart. Most of the Internet sales guys I've been dealing with haven't seen me arrive in the car, and I told the one who did that I had borrowed it from a friend. I didn't want to imply I'd be trading him in as part of my deal.
If test-driving is like wine tasting, getting back in the Fiat 500 Sport between appointments is like taking a sip of water before sampling the next vintage. It cleanses the driving palate. Having Wart as my test-drive transport also clarified for me that as fun and trendy as he may be, he doesn't have the power, amenities, build quality or design that I would want in a car I'd expect to have for several years.
In that way, he's nothing like the literary Wart. He's not going to magically transform himself into the car of my dreams anytime soon.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @10,886 miles