I expect to get the run-around while car shopping. I expect to not find what I want, and to be pressured into buying what they have versus what I’m looking for. I expect to make and take multiple phone calls to the dealerships in a vain effort to not take it up the butt, car-wise.
I test drove a bunch of new cars, and started playing a few salesmen against each other just for fun and to mess with their heads. I still haven’t decided what to buy, so pretty much any pressure they try to apply just slides right off.
I told the Nissan guy after a test drive that the X-Terra wouldn’t fit in my garage next to Mrs. Pupster’s full size van. (It really does fit, but I told him that she is “parking challenged” and needs lots of room.) He spent a good 10 minutes trying to talk me into parking in my driveway.
Nissan Salesman: “Your not giving me anything to work with here Pupster…how can I get you into this X-Terra today? I can’t overcome the garage size issue…really, I’m stumped.
Pupster: Uh-huh. It’s a toughy…
Nissan Salesman: Seriously, help me out, what can I do to make this deal happen?”
Pupster: Dude, it doesn’t fit. It’s a nice truck, really…I like it. But I’m going across the street and test drive a RAV 4, the Internets tells me it’s 4 inches narrower.
I had already built a Toyota RAV4 on-line, so I insisted to the nice Toyota saleslady that I HAD to have an option that I KNEW she didn’t have on the lot. She spent about 10 minutes trying to convince me that options don’t really matter, what I really, really should do is buy the prettiest color…that she has.
Toyota Saleslady: This RAV4 has traction control and this is a limited run paint color; “White Pearl”…look how it sparkles! Women LOVE this color. It’s sooo much nicer than the plain white. Why, I’ve had customers turn down a BETTER DEAL on a white RAV 4 for one with the pearlized paint!”
Pupster: Well, it is REALLY pretty, I’ll grant you that. But, seriously, I just cannot buy a RAV4 without (chrome exhaust pipe extensions). It’s a deal breaker. I’m sorry. It’s just how I am. The X-Terra has (chrome exhaust pipe extensions) you know. Standard.
I’m still shopping around, trying to find the new Pupstermobile. Right now I’m still undecided on what to buy, and I’m looking at last years gently used models to try and save a few bucks. It’s harder to mess with the old hands on the used car lot, but they are also typically less high pressure. Stay tuned.