I've been getting more serious about getting my own plane recently, and like many others trying to narrow down the list. I want something more capable than a 172 or warrior that is comfortable for my family of 4, but not overboard for operating costs or maintenance considering most of the time will be just me. The magnesium ruddervator concerns of the V tails kind of ruined that consideration for me, and the straight tails are higher priced than what I want to do. Mooneys look like a decent buy right now, but I don't think they will be comfortable enough for what I am looking for. I looked at 182s, but I am struggling with $150k like prices for turn key 40+ year old Cessnas. I noticed some reasonable looking Commander 112TCs and 114s, but they are on the less common side, and have never had the opportunity to see one let alone fly one in person. I was wondering if there were any Commander owners in the Chicago area that wouldn't mind showing me their bird. Maybe it is a little odd for a request, but I'm not sure how to get a little more carnal knowledge before seriously kicking the tires on planes across the country. Everything I read seems interesting. Very comfortable cabin, reasonable speeds, and solid build sound good to me. In general, I am curious how people learned more about their plane types before buying them. I mean it's easy to try out 172s, 182s, basic piper models, and the more common stuff, but what if you were looking at Mooneys, Bonanzas, Commanders, etc. You can't just go rent one on the local flight line.