Well they’ve got a car that works. The next car for sure will be a AWD SUV or Crossover with a Third Row. As always ten years or newer and under 100,000 miles. Once you add in all the bells and whistles it’s both kind of hard to find and kind of easy as well. I’m an autobroker and I’m willing to look nationwide. I had my car dialed in and zoned in left to write. Called down to the dealer after seeing the exterior of the car in person the day before. (In Colorado you can’t buy cars on Sunday.) I’m arranging details, the car is in Colorado Springs, and I get a call back and it is determined that it just sold. I’m so pissed. I get over it in five minutes. I don’t get emotional. I’m a former professional poker player and a businessman.
I did set aside time, cash, and psychological energy to buy a car. I’d also like to hear back from Turo for a deeper level of analytics before investing 10-20K, but I know the market. Every day I wait is a day lost. March is superbusy with high rates and high usage. Every day I wait is a day lost. The next awesome time to buy a car is June. If I don’t do it now then I’m likely going to wait until then. Two vehicles show up Chevy Traverse and Hyundai Azera. Later on that day I hear a commercial on the radio about free OnStar. That tips me over to the Traverse. Both cars are kind of far away, but I have a car today and it is February 29, last day of the month.
My dream is to walk into a dealership on the last day of the month and or last day of the quarter and find a desperate need to make a sale to keep from getting fired or need to sell a car to win a contest. When you consider that sale could make a big difference to a sales person, sales manager, and a general manager there are potentially six good outcomes.
Rebecca gets home and she was going to take the car, I told her about should I buy a car or not and she agreed that I should go look at it. As we are heading home from dinner I’m wearing my stay at home dad, who is recovering from a back injury, not planning on going anywhere, or seeing anyone. My attitude is exactly like the Captain in Lethal Weapon. I told Rebecca should I go like this she says, “You look exactly like that.” I yell back, “What do you mean!” We both start laughing.
I decide to call and give the sales person the choice. “I tell him listen I can come down right now and that gives us more time to negotiate and close the deal or I can take 30 -40 minutes to spruce myself up and look and act like a serious businessman. He said, “If you can stand a little ridicule you can come down in sweat pants.” As I look down on my sweatpants I’m thinking when did I have Nacho Cheese Doritos? Oh yeah maybe five days ago. Well I’m going to see what my financing options are so at that point I’ll be treated seriously. Plus I’m bringing my checkbook and a pen, which I reserve the right to pull out in a theatrical manner.
I show up and now it starts …