I bought a new car yesterday, Feb 16, Presidents Day.
A black, 2014 Chevy Cruze LT, used, price was $13,940, with taxes and all that dealership junk it came up to $15,500.
I fell in love with it at first sight/drive. I drove it the Saturday, on Valentines Day.
I didn't have too much time or help buying the car then otherwise I prolly would have. But I had plans with my roommate for V-day. So I decided to go back on that holiday Monday.
The sales guy literally let me see the car, take a ride, and let me leave. He didn't pressure me, he didn't talk AT me trying to tell me the features of the car, he made like one point about the lifetime warranty thingy, asked a few questions, and let me go. Totally awesome.
I got it at Ford dealership in Layton. *shudder* Why a Ford place has a Chevy I dunno. They have all kinds of used inventory I suppose. I got my last car in Layton too... hmmm.
I had to give myself a deadline. And these might have been a few mistakes as far as dealing with a car salesman, but I did make it clear how much I liked the car and I did tell him I was -going- to buy on the holiday. I kinda needed his pressure to help me just do it!
I made the vague effort of looking at other possibilities in town and quickly struck out, appreciating the first one and still in love with it. I was ready to buy the car at 2pm that Monday. I didn't necessarily want black, but of all the "many" colors that Chevy has... red, silver, white, gray and dark blue, just weren't really that interesting to me. I wanted a lighter interior than jet black with a black car. So I found this one with a grey interior in fabric instead of leather. Didn't want leather either. Besides black with a little accent of pink would be cute.
But I needed a ride up there. Mins family was in town that day and so I was going to wait for them to finish playing and working and have them take me up there.
But then someone had tipped off Mom that I was buying a new car.... (*coughMINcough*)
So Mom calls me up and telling me she is coming down, randomly at 2:30pm on a holiday Monday... and giving me an early Bday present and a late V-day present and she wanted to see my car.
So then I had to wait for her to come down! And when she didnt leave her house until like 4 to get down here and the dealership closed at 6:30pm and it was already like 30 minutes away, I was freaking out.
I was stressed, I was excited, I was impatient, I was starting to doubt myself and why I wanted this car. The sales guy texted me a couple of times that day and I told him I still wanted his car, prolly a mistake, but whatever, he said it would be ready for me.
I finally got there at like 6pm, making some of the staff have to stay late to finish the deal. But I think my deal was easy comparatively. I wasn't financing so that dept didn't have to stay. We didn't really negotiate a price... When it came out $15,500, which was my goal ($15,000 range) I was okay with the price even with all the dealership fees and garbage. I was in and out. They did do a credit check on me though and that kind of made me mad cuz they dont need to on a cash deal and the guy said he wouldn't check it. Grrr. He said my score was 790. It was a breeze being shipped from one dept to another signing my life away and giving the same basic info over and over again.
Claine was with me and they asked, "So, is this dad?"
And one guy commented on my cash deal saying something like its good someone so young can do that. I was thinking 26 is young, right? He was prolly thinking younger tho... as usual.
But I wasn't really stressed about buying the car itself. I felt pritti sure and confident, which is really unusual for me as a very indecisive person, but I just...knew. It was the waiting and the fact my account was going to be drained after like 5-6 years of saving.
They took a personal check with no fuss... weird. The banks are closed on the holiday so I couldn't do a cashiers check. So I juss transferred the money and wrote a personal check.
The biggest check I've ever written in my entire life. No joke. Fo' sure.
And it probably won't happen ever again.
Not even the down payment on my house was that much. I spent $10,000, but only wrote the check for $6,000 and used the rest for carpet and buying appliances.
I feel like everyone is staring at me, more than usual, or maybe I didn't notice it as much... its like they know I just bought a car....
My mind wouldn't shut up last night for me to sleep...but my body was so tired with being tense all day, not wanting to eat or drink and stuff...
Yay for the first experience of not being able to find your car in the store parking lot!
Because it changed models and colors....
I have a radio now! I was singing random songs absentmindedly today at work and I realized it was cuz of the radio in my car and songs I dont normally sing/hear!
I have power! Power locks and windows, even power side mirrors...
If only I could remember all the comments I make while inside my car when I'm driving it as I notice the difference between my old car and this one... like "Ooh I dont hear the freeway" and "the left blinker actually turns off by itself!" and "There are lights on so I can see where Drive is!". Now I just have to take off all the Ford crap off my Chevy car!
Happy late Valentines Day to me!
I bought my house two days before Vday in 2013, and now a car two days after Vday in 2015.
I noticed I get myself very expensive Bday and Vday gifts. Lasik, trip to DC, a house, a car, etc.
What do I save up for next?!
Something techy like a laptop or something? Furniture? Maybe I should be saving for my teeth implants.... There's not much I need or really really want anymore... But vacations are still on the table!
I'm leaning toward a trip across the ocean to England! My bucket list. I will make it to another country one day.
I guess the decisions I have to make now are when my dog should move on to the next world...and maybe calling a foot doc... and maybe starting the tooth implant process on my toothless mouth... But mostly deciding when my dog needs to pass on so as to not be in so much pain.
"Whatcha been doing June bug?"
"Oh, ya know, just out dealing with things way beyond my maturity level.."
Btw, my present my Mom randomly decided to bring to me was a storage container for my backyard since my condo has no storage whatsoever. I told her about the idea, but I said I wouldn't know what to put in it. I still don't know what to put in it... She said chairs. I said I dont have chairs. She said to go buy chairs and put them in it. Huh? I need to buy more things in order to store them? I dont have enough crap? Is this a hoarder thing? Does this make sense to anyone else? She also bought me some type of Ramen cooker that apparently cooks ramen faster than stovetop, b/c the pot she bought me for Christmas was round and wouldn't hold my square Ramen.
Now I have to sell my old car. Blue book still says its worth like $1,000-$1,300, which is crazy to me. Being a 2001 with 204,000 miles on it with a salvage title...surely its not worth that much. Then I got online and looked up other prices for cars like mine and they are way more than $1,000, the lowest I saw was prolly like $1,100. Anything below that price was like non-working cars. I might get some money out of this...
My cousins need a car though and they kinda of want me to give my car to them....but I dont want to. They are hard on cars and will break it in like less than 6 months I bet. I didn't take such good care of my car the last few years just to have it broken 6 months after I sell it. And they won't pay the price I want, they want like half off like a family discount or something. Bleh. These boys are irresponsible and disrespectful to property.
I want to sell it to a stranger who will pay the price I'm asking, which apparently isn't that ridiculous, and hey so far the A/C is working, and never hear about my car again so I wont have to know when it died or how it died.
It will be hard to say goodbye to Jack. He was a good car and took me a lot of places I've never been before and we had lots of memories and I learned a lot about cars with him.