Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Way We Were Wednesday - Third Car in less than two years?


Back to my car history for a couple of weeks, I have owned a lot of cars.  When I built my first little house, affectionately referred to as Taco Bell for the quasi spanish exterior, I was driving the little Yellow Rabbit, then the LeCar, and then a Toyota.  I didn't remember that the Toyota came while we were still there, but here is a photo of it on the stained driveway.  I only owned that house two years (sold it and made $10,000.) 

This was the first time I made a car salesman cry.  It was late, it was raining, I had taken him for a wild ride around the block, then spent an hour debating price and trade in allowance on LeCar.  Finally I pulled out my check book, wrote a check, handed it to him and said, if this does the deal, I will drive it home, if not, I am going home.  With tears in his eyes he said, "my manager told me to not come back asking for anymore!" I said, show him the check. He did, the manager stuck his head out of his office - smiled and said, "done deal, I'll have the paperwork done in five minutes." 

I drove the crap out of this one for two or three years, put a bunch of miles on it, and got more for it in I trade when I bought the first Mazda, than I had paid for it.  

I have wondered, if the salesmen was not cut out for the job, or if he is a great actor who missed his calling.  

8 comments:

  1. My guess would be great actor, except I’ve never seen a car salesman cry. We used to go through cars like that. This car is a record-breaker. Bought it new in late 2016. Another record broken, however. It’s got about 10 thousand miles on it. AND it’s a Toyota!

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    1. I am down to driving a couple thousand miles a year.

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  2. Car salesmen = good actor. Good to see another of your unattractive cars.

    Speaking of stained driveway, I was walking along a street recently and stepped onto the roadway to keep clear of a non masked person approaching. I was walking along the empty car parking spaces and it struck me, there is no oil on the roadway to avoid. Modern cars just don't seem to leak oil. In the past it didn't take long for a new car to start leaking oil.

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    1. Noticed the same thing, the spouses blue car leaked everything except charm.

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  3. I never tell car salesmen what I do for a living. I just say vaguely that I work in an office and let them assume I'm a secretary or something. I also never get dealership financing so that they can't check how much money I make. The less they know, the better my bargaining position is.

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  4. And THAT'S how you deal with car salesman.
    I will remember that.

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    1. Cash sometimes gets their attention, but always tell them what you are willing to pay, don't accept what they want you to pay.

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