And You Can Drive
It Off The Lot...TODAY!!!
April 10, 2014
When buying a new car there are...wait this probably applies to buying a used car, too. Actually it may apply to any vehicular purchase. Of course whatever mode of transport it may be, whether it's off the showroom floor or used, it would still be "new" to you right? Unless you owned it before, sold it, missed it and then bought it back again. Or maybe you owned it in a previous life and wanted it back following your reincarnation into yourself. But what if it were stolen from you then resold and you happened to be the buyer? I wonder how amnesia would play into all of this? Hmm so many ways this could go...how to cover it all in one fell swoop?
When legally purchasing a vehicle that you do not currently or have not previously in any way, shape or form had in your possession, there are many things to take into consideration. The first would be deciding what year, make and model are right for you. Following at a close second is drawing that fine dividing line between "what you want" and "what you can actually have."
It would be nice to believe that nothing is out of reach. That if you're willing to work hard and put in the effort, you can have whatever your little heart desires. The harsh reality is walking onto any car lot under the assumption that you can drive away in whatever you choose and then manage to keep it past the first payment is delusional. Before setting your heart on a particular vehicle be aware of your financial situation. It would suck to choose it then loose it. While we're on the subject it's best to keep in mind the expenses beyond the sticker price. There's insurance, maintenance, gas mileage etc., can you afford to own the vehicle after you've bought it?
Finding the right vehicle, that's within your budget, can be challenging. It's advised that you shop around and squirrel some cash away for six months to a year before making your final decision and purchase. This allows you the opportunity to compare vehicles and prices. Not to mention having a comfortable bank cushion so you know where you stand with a down payment or total purchase price. Yes time and money are helpful... such was not the case in my situation. Lacking the time and space to give you the full story we'll make due with the abbreviated Cliff Notes version.
In less than a month’s time, my only daughter moves back in with my two year old grandson, a.k.a. Tot, in tow. Wife gets a promotion at work that comes with a company car. Daughter needs a vehicle to go job hunting so wife decides to let daughter use hers. Daughter gets a job, needs her own car, wife sells her car to her. Wife gets disgruntled at work decides to look for new job. I tell her we'll financially be able to buy her a vehicle by July. Figuring on the economy and how hard it is to find a job we've got plenty of time. One week later wife gets hired, loses company car. We have one week before she starts her new job to find, purchase and get a vehicle on the road. Cue the Mission Improbable music. There was no way we were going to find a vehicle that met our needs and was something we wanted for the limited funds we had in a week. Actually it only took 3 days.
With no time for hunting or research we based our entire search parameter around the Subaru "They Lived" commercial (no s*** here, folks that's all we had to go on). The first and only lot we visited was the Armstrong Subaru on Highway 70. Personally my expectations were low. Seriously what were the chances we'd find something that would...AHHHHHHAHHH (glorious heavenly music). There it sat all to itself, a 2005 Subaru Baja, the imperfect bastardization of a car, truck and SUV. Great gas mileage, one owner, heated leather seats, 6-disc CD player, Tot sized truck bed...it had lots of stuff and was black on gray. After a test drive and walk-around Lil Red and myself instantly knew this was the vehicle for us. Then we saw the price tag...and began hatching our plans to steal it...err work out the financial end of things.
At this point I want to extend a personal Thank You to Mike Miller and the sales crew at Armstrong Subaru. They understood our financial dilemma, worked with us, gave us a great deal and got us out of a tight spot. Thanks guys...if you're reading this.
On a side note the Subaru Baja is voted one of the most applicable and ideal vehicles to have in the event of a Zombie outbreak...just saying.
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