Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Hello everyone, Adam here. Car shopping is usually a fun thing for everyone, right? I enjoy it. I love cars!! I take my time car shopping, I like to do my homework. Sierra and I set a price point that we thought was fair and good for our budget. I shopped online and asked around which dealers people like in Austin. I knew all along I would get a VW and my brother suggested we go to the dealer north of Austin in Round Rock. I started checking the dealers inventory online and deciding which car I wanted. So many pretty cars, such difficult choices. I really wanted to get a GTI but used GTI’s seem to be few and far between. Sierra also suggested that I may eventually get frustrated with the size of a GTI. I golf and we didn’t even think my clubs would fit inside such a little car. I ended up finding a bunch of really nice Jetta’s with reasonably low mileage. Obviously when they day came to go to the dealer Sierra accompanied me. Thank goodness too. Sierra is my voice of reason, without her, bad things would happen. Arriving at the dealer, immediately I start drooling over all the cars. These people sure do know what they are doing. So many badass cars just enticing me all over. When the salesman started our tour he quickly took me to cars out of our budget. I thought Sierra was gonna lose it. She stayed composed and walked away for a moment. I wouldn’t say I quickly put the salesman in his place and stuck to the plan but I eventually said something and got us back on track with the plan Sierra and I had set in place. We toured many different lots and finally the last car we looked at was the one that was meant for me. 2012 VW Jetta and it was a stick. I love manual vehicles. You can’t pretend you are a race car driver or actually be one in an automatic. Before entering negotiations I pulled Sierra aside and let her know that she was gonna have to be the muscle in this particular situation because I am pretty much every salesmans dream customer. They sat us down right in front of the most awesome cars in the joint and I kept nudging Sierra and would be like lets just get that car its amazing. Of course these cars were way out of budget but I didn’t care. So now Sierra is negotiating with me and the salesman. I have to admit I have never bought a car from a dealer, I have purchased all my cars via Craigslist and I am good at negotiating with common folk. I had no idea what I was doing, if it weren’t for Sierra I would have left the dealer with the most expensive car on the lot and gotten a terrible trade in value on my car. Sierra didn’t take any bullshit and she negotiated a sweet deal. So as much as I want to be the stereotypical man in a situation like this, I am not. Sierra is the shark with the money situations and thank goodness for that. I got to drive away in a hot new car and Sierra put some extra money in our pockets on top of that. Watch out salesmen you are no match for my wife, she will out beast you all any day!!
Hey there, Sierra here. So as Adam shared with you, it was recently time for him to buy a new car. He had been talking about it for months. We had discussed an amount he wanted to spend and had a plan. The plan was basically that he would buy a newer version of the car he loved when we met, which he regretfully sold a couple of years ago. Since the day he sold it, Adam has talked about how much he wished he didn’t. It was nothing crazy, a 5 speed VW Jetta that made him feel like a race car driver and yet not be something he’d get himself arrested or hurt in. Every time he would start to think he wanted something else, we agreed that I was to remind how much he has missed and talked about the Jetta he sold. For months he obsessed over listings, you name the source, he checked it daily. Finally he decided on a dealership and made a plan to go. My presence was requested…I tried to get out of it, but he said I needed to be there. I realized why the second we arrived. Adam had already been talking to one of sales guys for a few weeks, as I said, he was obsessed and had already told him the prices range and what he was looking for. However, when we arrived Adams ADD kicked into high gear and he was led off in the direction of not only the 2015 cars, but the most expensive ones on the lot. I decided that he could handle it and called my sister to talk me down from taking over the whole thing. Which helped until I saw that he was about to test drive a car about 3 x’s what he had wanted to spend. In the 5 minutes I had been on the phone he went from wanting his dream car to looking at the high end SUV’s. Luckily my arrival into the conversation prompted Adam to remember what he was looking for in the first place and we got back on track. Finally after about an hour of driving around the lots in a golf cart searching for the holy grail, we found it…and it was like the heavens opens and the angels began singing when he saw it. His dream car was found at last. We headed back to the office where again, I figured I would let Adam take control, but um…no. A piece of paper was presented with the trade in offer for his car and the sale price of the Jetta and Adam took it and said…”oh that looks great, thank you!!”. Seriously, I was almost too in shock to butt in, but hehe, we all know that wasn’t going to stop me. I physically threw my arm across Adam to block him and jumped forward to take over and actually negotiate. I’ll chalk it up to my having bought cars from dealerships before as having had experience trading in. We’ll just leave it at that. And to let you have peace in mind in knowing that we not only knocked a few thousand off the price and declined on all unnecessary add on costs, but that Adam’s dream car is now happily parked in our garage.