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.