Thursday, September 13, 2007

In which I'd rather be set on fire

The Saint and I have spent the last several evenings doing one of the most heinous, distasteful activities on the face of the earth. Shopping for a car. Not just any car, a USED car. We are not used car people. We generally buy a new vehicle because we keep them for eight to ten years. In fact the girls are driving a 1996 Honda that belonged to the Saint himself once upon a time. But my big honking SUV, that we need to haul the boat, that guzzles gas and has the third seat that was essential seven plus years ago when I still drove hordes of kids all over town current vehicle needs some expensive work done, so we decided it is time to unload it.

Since college is not free, and we’re trying to be sensible, it’s off to the used car lot. Of all the sales people in all the world, my hand to God, car salesmen have to be the worst. And it’s not the female thing for me either. I don’t get talked down to, or honeyed, or sweetied. The look I perfected as a mom? That can stop a kid 25 yards away dead in their tracks? Also works on car salesmen.

It is the whole “What will it take for you to buy this car today”, and “Let me talk to my manager” business. It is a competition to see how long they can get you to stay on the lot, and the longer you stay? Means they win. WTF? Then when it’s a USED car you’ve got mileage to consider and no way to know what KIND of miles. And every one of the salesmen is telling you how HONEST they are. How they’re trying to HELP you. How they can get you a better DEAL than anyone else. After every encounter I feel like I need to shower or drink heavily, maybe both.

So people of the Internet: Nissan Pathfinder or Chevy Trailblazer?

Update:
In a stroke of genius we decided to take my big honking SUV, that we need to haul the boat, that guzzles gas and has the third seat that was essential seven plus years ago when I still drove hordes of kids all over town car to a different shop for a "second opinion". $189 !!!!! Now if we can get this thing to run a few more years I'll be VERY happy!

Update # 2
They lie, they all lie!!! Still not fixed GAAHH!!

2 comments:

DaisyJo said...

Oh, I'm no help. I'm driving a 96 Toyota, and I'm consumed with lust every time I see a MiniCooper.

Fannie Mae said...

MiniCooper - Yum!