Buying the 60 Blog

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Money can’t buy a new car.  But it can buy happiness, and that’s pretty much the same thing.

Well, I thought I’d get a little reprieve and not stress about buying a new car right away. But alas, no.  I found out earlier this week that my mechanic wouldn’t drive my car too far to avoid getting stranded.  I got nervous and drove Leslie’s car to the Kenny Loggins’ concert, but figured I could drive my car to work on Thursday morning.  NO!

The transmission on my Murano sputtered a farewell this week.  In fact, I probably shouldn’t have driven it the past week or two and, in hindsight, I was lucky.  When I went to the mechanic to pick up the car this morning, the mechanic’s dad said “I wouldn’t drive that car down the street!”  Of course, I had already put on makeup and my hair looked nice (for a change), so I didn’t want to waste those efforts to just call in and stay home.  So I called a coworker, who picked me up and off to the office we went.

When I got here, work was waiting for me.  In fact, I didn’t have my first cup of coffee until after 11:30, and I felt I had been tortured enough.  Coffee, emails with the bank about their car buying service and car loan, and some “real” work helped me through the day.

Friday, I picked up the car from the mechanic and was able to drive it two blocks to the IHOP down the street.  There, I cleaned out the car (what a lot of junk!) and met with the credit union auto specialist, who took pictures of my car for a buy bid (like EBay for used car dealers).  Then, another block to the Kia dealer, where I test drove the Sorento and fell in love.

Fred, the liaison between the credit union and the Kia dealer, took me for the test drive and, as I would expect, was very complimentary about the car.  And he was complimentary to me too.  Fred called me Madame and told me that I had a beautiful attitude, unlike a lot of people who test drive cars.  We agreed that it costs nothing to be nice, and why would anyone waste energy being negative when you’re doing something extraordinary for yourself, like buying a new car!

The credit union guy, Perry, secured the car I wanted (in the unusual sangria color) and I should have it in a few days.  Once payment is confirmed and the trade-in value is paid, I’ll pick up the car at the credit union and say good bye to the Murano.  Dealing with the credit union relieves all the salesmen pressure at the dealership, and I couldn’t be happier.  If you don’t use Autoland (or another car buying service) for your next new car, you’re missing out!



5 thoughts on “Buying the 60 Blog

  1. YAY! A new car! I can’t wait to see it. Are you going to keep the NYCARYN license plate? Otherwise, how will I know your car??? LOL And I cannot imagine you being anything but nice to a salesperson, but it’s amazing to me the people who aren’t. Kim and I used to go to Wolfgang Puck’s at the Irvine Spectrum every Tuesday for lunch. We went so often that we had our own waiter, Bradley, and he gave us drinks for free. Now that’s a great savings. He talked with us one time about people being nice to food servers, salespeople, etc. And I couldn’t believe some of the things he told us. People are rude to waiters! People don’t say thank you. Then there’s the person who will never look a waiter in the eye. Or women who will order through their spouse (we had a friend like that). All it takes is a smile and just a little kindness to make people bend over backward to make sure you have a wonderful experience, like you did with your car.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to take a ride.

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  2. Wow, that’s so exciting!!!! A shiny new car is always fun. The murano was a good companion for many years, RIP old car. Can’t wait to see it and get a ride.

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  3. Caryn, I just bought my second Kia Sorrento! I loved my last one so much. I put 250k miles on it before it gave out. We went to the dealership a week ago Sunday and purchased a Titanium Gray 2017 Kia. Congratulations and enjoy!

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