Shit is getting crazy. Sorry I’ve been away again, but there’s a lot going on. Last week we bought a car, for instance. We can’t afford it, but bought it anyway. It’s the American way!
As is the tradition, it wasn’t an easy process. Twice we hemmed and hawed for 24 hours, and both times the car we had in our sites was sold out from under us. I’m not the type to make instant decisions on such a large purchase, and need to ruminate about it for a day or two. But we kept getting burned.
The sales guy was pretty aggressive, too. At one point I felt like I was being blatantly manipulated (I can handle subtle manipulation, but not blatant), and decided to wash my hands of the whole thing. But we still needed a third car, and they had the best lineup of quality pre-owned vehicles. So, we went back one more time.
There are three people in our family who drive now, and we all work at radically different times, and locations. It was a constant juggling act, trying to work out the logistics. So, we’ve been talking about a third car for many months. But I HATED the thought of jumping back into monthly payments. We’ve had a year and a half free of that crap, and it’s been nice.
We considered buying the boy something in the $4000 range (he had a little money to contribute). But those junkers made me nervous. We went and looked at several of them, and they smelled like trouble to me. I had a feeling they’d nickel and dime us to hell.
So, we changed our strategy, and decided to look for a newer and more reliable commuter car for me. Just something small, that gets good gas mileage. All wheel drive would be a bonus, since I drive in snow way too much. I’d drive the new car, and let the boy use the Camry. If we played our cards right, we thought we could get something decent in the $12,000 range.
And we ended up with a 2012 Suzuki SX4, exactly like the one below. It’s dark gray, with black interior, and only 7200 miles on the odometer. It’s pristine, like new, and we got a semi-decent deal on it. It was more than $12K, though.
It has tons of fancy-pants add-ons, like heated mirrors, heated seats, and all that stuff. And I can finally play The Big iPod in my car, which kicks ass. Plus, it’s all wheel drive. The thing checked all our boxes, so we pulled the trigger on it, without the 24 hour rumination period. It felt unnatural, and INSANE, but we did it.
Somehow, that ordeal dominated the past week. I was losing it, man… Every time they sold “my” car to someone else, it killed me. Especially the second one. And the manipulation pissed me off, and caused me to rant at length in our dining room, kitchen, and front yard.
The actual buying experience wasn’t very good, either. The salesman was the most disorganized sumbitch I’ve ever encountered. He couldn’t stay on task, and his desk was a disgrace. He’d start doing something, quit in the middle, and start something new. He was up and down, bouncing all over the place. I was about to crawl out of my skin. I wanted to scream, “Sit your scrawny ass down, organize that abortion of a desk, and get us out of here, ya freak!”
At one point he had the name of our street listed as our last name on the paperwork, and the whole thing was excruciating. The guy works exactly the opposite way I do. I have to complete a task, before I move on to the next one. I can’t do six things at once, it makes me crazy. But we finally made it through, and the car problem — which had been weighing heavily on us — is solved.
I’ll tell you guys about the other stuff that’s happening, as soon as possible. One is gonna be fun, so stay tuned.
As for a Question, I’d like to read your car-buying horror stories. I wouldn’t put this one in that category, exactly; it was just a little annoying. But I’ve walked out of places in the past, had screaming matches with salesmen, etc. What about you? Do you have any remarkable car-buying tales?
Also, what’s the most recent crazy-ass purchase you made on a whim? Ya got anything on that? Use the comments link below.
And I promise to do better with the updates this week. I’m WAAAY off track. I’ll do better.
See you guys again tomorrow.