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Internet Car Buying

Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at 9:00 AM

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As many of you already know, I'm a big fan of email, and I've jawed on a bit about businesses that don't check their email. Well, today's post is affirmation that I won't do business with companies that don't check their email, and encourage you the next time you look for a new vehicle to use the Internet to your advantage to save time, money, and avoid much of the emotional stress tied to buying a new vehicle.

It's been many years since we've owned a car (I don't count a Jeep as being a car), but we changed that when we bought a new Ford Fusion from Wagner Ford in McCook yesterday. We skipped the other guys in the area that didn't respond to email that we might have otherwise considered. We didn't see the car we actually bought until yesterday, but we had spend hours driving a rental Fusion for a trip from Denver to Cambridge before we bought the farm. We made several trips over the course of buying the farm, and had opportunity to rent several different cars. and for us the Fusion was our choice.

Since we knew what kind of car we wanted, we then could narrow our Internet research to make sure we were not missing something troublesome about the car, see prices from across the country, and learn about sales techniques and products that all car dealers have and use to separate you from your money. We avoided any high pressure sales gimmick, got the exact car we wanted, didn't haggle over the price, and frankly it was the easiest car deal I've ever made. No price dickering, no high pressure, we just showed up, took the car for a test drive, and signed the papers.

I contacted Wagner's initially through the Internet, and we made our final offer over the phone. The car was delivered to us exactly as we discussed with only a low pressure sales pitch from the paperwork expert inside for extended service and a high tech wax job. For us, Frank Bryant at Wagner's was a great salesman to work with and I recommend him for doing a fine job for us! If you ask for Frank, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

For those of you thinking of buying a new car, even if you want to deal face to face with someone about a vehicle purchase, I'd recommend that you check out http://www.carsdirect.com/ as it provides the best overall information I found on line to help you save some money.

Could we have saved some money by going to a larger dealer? Maybe, but the expense of traveling to make the deal would quickly eat up the difference. Believe me, I thought about it!

We still need a hauler, but I think a utility trailer will likely do the job I thought I needed a pickup for, so I'll be looking for one of those in the near future. "NebraskaLand" responded about a possible source of a rental wood chipper, and I'll be giving them a call in next few days too. Thanks for the tip.

Today the project is to continue cleaning the debris field left by Dad and Gary.

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I agree a small utility trailer is the solution for our light hauling needs. I appreciate your ideas and comments...see Thursday's blog

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:48 AM

If Wagner's doesn't give you a DEAL on a pickup after that endorsement, they are loco.

By the way, Brian, you keep referring to "the farm."

In S.W. Nebraska, farms start at 1,000 acres or so.

What you have is a vintage FARMSTEAD.

Or rather, it appears that vintage farmstead got lucky and has a real good owner/steward and keeper of the faith.

Still suspect if the Jeep has any pulling power, you would be happier with a good 4X8 or 5X10 utility trailer.

Check the manufacturer for their maximum towing capacity with the jeep in poundage. Even with a good pickup, a big utility trailer lets you move up a long way in hauling capacity for a heap less than buying a three-ton stake bed.

There has to be a an OF Club to be found by hitting every serious coffee shop in the aea, drop around to some of them and drop a hint. Here OF is abbreviation for "Old F---s" -- there it could be Old Farmers.

Or post the bulletin boards at a few dozen stores or keep spreading your needs in the blog.

-- Posted by bigsurmac on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 9:24 AM

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