Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New car fever won out

I looked at a 2006 Volkswagen Toureg and really liked it. It had a lot of the luxury extras but had higher mileage and I started thinking about the cost of repairs etc. I started thinking about new cars and thought I'd give it a try but didn't think I could find anything I would like in my price range. My credit is less than perfect but I found out that it was much better than I had feared.

I had always been intrigued with the Toyota Prius so I drove over to the Toyota dealer and gave it a shot. I was approached by the "typical" salesman. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but I wasn't in the mood for a schmoozing. I politely told him I used to be a Realtor and I didn't need him to sell himself and that I had researched the car and we could both save time by just getting down to the numbers. I gave him my final numbers and said I will not budge..period. Since my Dad is taking my car I didn't have to do the trade in tango.

I was pleasantly surprised that the deal only took about 30 minutes and the finance took about 10 minutes. Then he wanted to go over the features of the car. I said I'm a technical person and had driven the car for a few hours and played with the buttons and figured most of them out and that I had only a few questions. He answered them while they detailed the car and gassed it up.

Overall it was a good experience as compared to some of the car purchases I've had in the past. It gets 51mpg and has a bunch of bells and whistles that I love. I know it looks like a turtle but I'm happy with it!