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Freak-Out Friday?: Buying a New Car

31 May

“Middle Age – When you want to see how long your car will last instead of how fast it will go.”
There’s nothing scarier than buying a new car. Well, maybe execution by guillotine, nuclear war… then buying a new car. But, it’s right up there. Today was the day! My sister has been “seriously looking” to buy a new car for about five years now. I told her I’d go car shopping with her while I’m in town visiting. We looked at a couple places yesterday, but the color was wrong, the interior was yucky, or it was too low to the ground.

I was delighted when she called this morning and asked me to go car shopping again. She even said, “I’m bringing my checkbook.” Now, that’s determination! She picked me up at Mom’s place, and we headed straight to the Nissan dealer. The Altima sounded like the perfect car and just what she was looking for. Nope! Not one car meeting the stringent female requirements of, must be a pretty color, light…not dark murky interior, and bigger than a bread box. We left and continued down the road to the Toyota dealership.

We scanned the lot for pretty colors. Not a huge variety, but we walked in anyway. A very nice gentleman approached us. He was not the typical pushy, over-bearing snake oil salesman. He had a very pronounced Indian (from India) accent, but was very soft spoken and polite, a pleasure to deal with.

After looking at a few Camrys that didn’t meet the criteria, her eyes wandered over to the Prius Hybrids. Eureka! Several blues and reds with light interiors.


The test drive of approximately 50 or 60 feet, from the back to the front of the lot clinched the deal. (We didn’t even leave the parking lot.) A decision was made. She said, “I’ll take this one if the price is right.” There wasn’t a lot of pushing or haggling once inside. They did the usual, “Well, I have to check with my manager.” But, after all was said and done, they accepted her counter offer. No one freaked-out or indignantly stormed away? At this point, it was sit and wait to clean the car, sign the papers, etc. But, as car shopping goes, this was probably the quickest, least aggravating car purchase I’ve ever witnessed.

I guess buying a new car doesn’t have to be scary after all! Now, we need to work on the guillotine and nuclear war.

The very nice car salesman handing my sister the keys.

Sporty interior of the Prius Hybrid