I Bought A Car

I bought a new car this afternoon. My fifteen year old ride will be retired.

What I bought is inconsequential, though I will admit it isn’t the sweet Tesla I drove a few weeks ago. I’m in SoCal. This seemed the wrong time to stop driving a convertible.

I attempted to buy the car the way I buy most everything: online research. I’d rather buy brick-and-mortar than online, but if two places have the same item, I buy on price.

I knew the model and options I wanted. That made it easier. The more done online the better.

Car shopping has given me the creeps. It’s impossible to know when you’re being taken advantage of. I always assume that’s the salesman’s goal.

I went to Edmunds.com and got a few quotes from dealers. Some weren’t anxious to deal online. They wanted me in-person to strike a deal. It’s 2013. I’m not giving up that leverage anymore.

Is it just me or is ‘competitive’ now a euphemism for, “You’ll find the best price elsewhere?”

Based on everything I can see, we got a good deal. In fact we paid less than expected. And, I eliminated the hassles.

We should pick the car up in a few days. I’m excited.

9 Responses to “I Bought A Car”

  1. Carole says:

    You should go shopping online before you enter a car dealership. That way you know the prices and it is deal with them. What kind of car were you considered buying?

  2. Mark says:

    I have you pegged for an E350 cabriolet. Yes?

  3. Deb in QH says:

    Come on – give! What did you buy?

  4. Brandon says:

    The whole dealer experience, even when trying to do it online, is why I will only buy pre-owned vehicles from private owners. It’s a better deal for the buyer and seller.

  5. rick says:

    don’t bury the lede, dawg. whatcha get?

  6. Willie Barnett says:

    From now on, the only place I will be buying cars, is Enterprise. They take good care of them, and you get them at “Blue Book” value. (No haggle.)

    I have owned 3 cars from them, so far, and have been very pleased with all of them. :) My next car will be from them, as well.

  7. Carole says:

    Geoff, when are you going to tell us the kind of car you purchased or do you want to leave us in suspense?

  8. Neil S says:

    The car buying experience is one of my least favorite forms of fun as well….I’d rather have a root canal. Why are most of those car salesmen so “slimy and sleezy”?

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