A task no one loves

I’m sort of hoping that I never have to do this again:

You have no idea what a benefit a company car is until it goes away after more than 20 years. I’m off to look for a cheap used car this morning to get me back and forth to work. It is a ten minute commute, so I just need a vehicle that will start and not need tons of repairs. I’d like a pickup, but used truck prices are ridiculous. I don’t want a payment, but I also don’t have piles of cash and coin in my basement vault where I slide and ski down money mountains like Scrooge McDuck.

And then you have to deal with the Sneakie Boys:

I hate the high pressure “What do we need to get you into this car today” spiel. I can handle that, sales is my profession too. But more, I despise the hours waiting on financing to do their thing then come out with a whole different deal than what you agreed with the salesman. If I find something today, I will wait a little for them to work up the numbers then I’m leaving. They can call me Monday with a final deal. I’m not sitting around the dealership for hours on a Saturday. Mostly I loathe the idea that I’m going to get cheated. I am. I just don’t like it.

The alternative, of course, is to pay the factory price on a Tesla. Connecticut, and a few other states, won’t let you.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 January 2019 · 3:13 pm

    My father’s standard was “I’m sorry, I don’t think we can do business” and walking out when the Sneakie Boys started their thing. But he is 6′ tall and 250-ish pounds and has a deep voice….I’m not sure I’d be listened to so readily. (Confession: he arranged the purchase of my current car for me, by talking on the phone with the salesperson until the price and “extras” package was desirable).

    But yeah: I hate hate hate feeling like my time is being wasted and the “let them rot in the salesperson’s office so they’re more willing to accept our price” is an insult to any person who works for a living (and probably to people who don’t, also)

  2. McGehee »

    6 January 2019 · 5:19 pm

    One word: Carmax.

    I’ve dealt with them on three separate car transactions in the last five years. When Mrs. McG retires and the nearest Carmax location is hundreds of miles from home, we’ll make a weekend road trip rather than deal locally with a conventional used car dealer.

  3. hollyh »

    7 January 2019 · 8:04 am

    I also had a good experience with Carmax. Straightforward, no games.

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