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Buying a "New (to me) Car"

I drive a Honda CR-V and love it. It is so reliable and functional. I bought it new from Reagan Honda in 2004 and have put 115,000 miles on it driving it to and from work and on various vacations. For awhile now I have been wanting a different car, something that will be fun to drive to and from work. I commute 30 miles one way and since I spend about an hour in the car a day, I wanted to really enjoy the experience!
I started out by searching the internet. Just spent some time looking here and there for various cars.  I did a little looking in town and when Bob and Ashley went to St. Louis for a doctor's appointment, I had them look at a couple of cars there as well.

Nothing was really catching my eye.  I started watching every car I saw on the highway and when one caught my eye, I'd look to see what it was.  I started noticing that I really liked Chryslers.  So I started to focus my research on Chrysler products and discovered the Sebring and it was  LOVE!!  I found three in the immediate area and made plans to test drive them on Friday.

I drove a white one with a hard top that was really pretty at Capital City Nissan.  I then went to Auffenberg Motors and drove a pretty gray one.  I loved the ride!  I had one more to check out in Columbia at Joe Machens Toyota.  Bob and Ashley scouted it out for me while I was in class.  Ashley took photos for me and I could tell I needed to see it.

After class I drove into Columbia to meet the crew at JM Toyota.  The car was in the back, with the top up.  I loved the color and the black top.  My salesman, George, put the top down and inside was gorgeous!  So much prettier than the other interiors plus had a warranty, Sirius radio, Bluetooth, and was a year newer than the other two I drove on Friday!  Plus.... it was RED!

We made the deal on Saturday (today!) and I am to  pick it up on Monday.  I am excited to own my first convertible!

PS... My salesman at Capital City Nissan sent me a nasty text when I told him I had made a deal at JM Toyota.  After I thanked him for his work in helping me,  he responded with, "Thank you.... for nothing."  He went on to ridicule me for not buying local.  I do buy local, when my local dealers have what I want.  This time that didn't happen.  Just wanted you to know that it really is "buyer beware" out there... beware of rude salespeople!

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  1. My daughter was treated really rudely by a Honda salesman when she informed him she was going with another dealer. It was so bad, she called me crying! What's up with rude car salesmen!

  2. That car sounds HOT! I drive a red car - I LOVE it! And how fantastic that it's a convertible! I'm so jealous! ;)

    I would seriously forward that email to the auto dealer's owner/manager. With jobs as difficult as they are to get, this guy needs a serious attitude adjustment and should be thankful that he HAS a job in this economy. I would bet there's dozens of other people who would KILL for that job and would bend over backwards in the customer service department.

    Have fun in your new set of wheels!

  3. Terri, I've been away so long, so glad to be back visiting my friends! I'll bet you look a treat in your little red convertible. My son's Sebring is a convertible, gold with a cream top. His is a 98 and just had to have a computer replacement, but it's been a good ride for them! I think he may drive it til the wheels fall off!
    Hope you are well and kickin up your heels!

  4. I love your new car, Terri. We actually thought about sebrings too. Our Terrie bought one several years ago and we loved "borrowing" it.

    One of the cutest photos I have, of that car, is the sebring, top down, sitting in the parking lot of Pere Marquette Lodge with a huge scarecrow sitting in the back. All of us spent that day at Illinois apple orchards. Xanti and one of her cousins made the lifesize scarecrow. Naturally, the only way we could bring him home was in the back seat of the convertible. That is just one of many happy memories of Terrie's white sebring convertible. Hope you have many happy years with your new red sebring convertible.

    On a sidenote....what a jerk that sales person was!

  5. Wooohoooo!!!!! Congrats on the car!!! One of our friends had a Sebring several years ago and he loved it. But after a while with our winters it wasn't the most practical car for him to have. He was sad to see it go. We were, too. It was a fun ride!

    As for that other salesman...who the heck does he think he is?!? If that were me I would march right in to that dealership and show those texts to his boss!

  6. Terri,
    Can't wait to see pics! Congratulations!

  7. I saw the photo on facebook and it's sooo cute.

    I think that rude salesman should be reported.


  8. I so want to see you in that convertible! Sounds like such a great car for you...

  9. I would definitely call that rude salesman out! He need to be reprimanded!

    As for the car...how awesome! Have fun in your red convertible. I'm sure you'll be smiling every time you jump in! I would be.


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