Chevy or Chrysler?

FLINT TWP. — Many studies have shown that men and women’s brains are wired differently. So it is no surprise that they think differently when it comes to making decisions such as which car to buy.

A decision about whether to buy a used Chrysler 200 or a used Chevrolet Cruze pretty much came down to a battle of the sexes at a recent township board meeting.

Tracey Tucker, township economic enhancement director, asked for approval to purchase a used vehicle to be used daily by building code inspectors in order to extend the life of a pick-up truck the department already owns. Tucker obtained and submitted quotes from two township-based car dealerships.

The quote from Patsy Lou Auto Group was $13,118 for a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze with 45,500 miles on it. The second quote from Randy Wise was $13,800 for a 2013 Chrysler 200 with 30,453 miles on it.

Trustee Frank Kasle said he favored the Cruze over the Chrysler because of the lower price and trust in doing business with Patsy Lou.

His motion to buy the Cruze was seconded by Trustee George Menoutes. Kasle and Menoutes are outnumbered five to two by the women on the board. That is also how the vote turned out in deciding against the Cruze.

Trustee Belenda Parker said she preferred the vehicle with the lower mileage.

Treasurer Marsha Binelli said she expected the Chrysler would have a better resale value because it has a six cylinder engine versus a four cylinder.

“I am not a car expert,’’ she added. Her motion to buy the Chrysler was seconded by Clerk Kim Courts.

Before the vote, the board also debated the merits of gas mileage between the two cars.

Supervisor Karyn Miller, who regularly drives a Cruze, said she thinks it gets about 29 miles per gallon in the city. The reported Chrysler mileage was about 19 in the city and 29 on the highway.

The 5-2 vote to purchase the Chrysler also split among the men and women with Menoutes and Kasle voting no.

Tucker said she did not have a preference for which vehicle was purchased, as her objective was to reduce wear and tear on their pickup truck. She said three code enforcement officers used the township’s vehicles every day.

The truck is occasionally needed for hauling items such as voting equipment or salt but does not have to be driven daily, she said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller added that Tucker also looked at prices for used trucks but they were too expensive.

In other business, the board also approved the purchase of three 2012 Chevy Cruzes leased from Patsy Lou. The leases were set to expire November 29. The lease buyout price was $11,118 for each car, including fees and plate transfer and factoring in the township’s tax exempt status.

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