In a perfect world, a new-to-me vehicle would magically appear from the car fairy when needed. It would work into the monthly budget for payments, insurance and fuel. However, sadly and realistically there is no magic for purchasing a vehicle.
My first car 'magically' appeared. It was drive the Rambler or walk. I chose to drive. The next car had to be a going out of town car for college (second year no-less). It was an AMC Sportabout station wagon. It magically appeared because my folks bought it and said here you go. I hadn't flunked out my freshman year so they thought I was serious about college. Seriously.
Fast forward three decades, and once again, we are needing a vehicle. Thanks to out very own personal banker the financing is available. However, I am hyperventilating every time I think about car shopping and getting back to car payments.
The difference now, is a person can get online and shop while sitting in the comfort of their own home. This allows for pricing homework before actually going to a car lot. Most dealers have multi-view pictures of the features both inside and out which is nice and you can narrow down choices if you want.
Last weekend we did stop at one place having a weekend blowout sale. The minute we drove to the lot, we had two sales people walk right up to the car. Okay, we caved, parked and got out of the vehicle to look.
What happened next ticked me off. The young salesperson looked right at me and asked,"What color are you looking for?"
My reply was 'doesn't matter'. He turned to my husband and asked him what type of vehicle he was looking for. Quite honestly, we didn't have a specific model in mind, we were 'window' shopping.
Again, the kid asked me for the color I wanted. This time I replied with a bit of irritation in the voice, "I don't care what color the vehicle is. I want one that will get me from point A to point B and back again without breaking down every two minutes. I want to know what the of monthly payments would be also."
He stammered about range of payments. I asked what they were. He said, let's find a vehicle you like and we can work on payments.
Let's just say, I shot him the look over the glasses and I didn't get asked another question. Finally I had to ask him to walk away and go help someone else because we weren't going to buy.
In all fairness, I know the kid was doing what he was trained to do but what possesses the salespeople to ask the female about color as the first question? I do realize there are women AND men that are set on the color of vehicle and they won't drive anything else. I may have a color preference but it is not my first concern.
It is back to looking online again and hoping there will be something in the area that will work with the budget. Where is that magic car fairy when I need her?