Friday, June 4, 2010

Santa of the Fe

Pin It I’m convinced that most car lots would do much better in regard to sales if they were to play something other than country music. Granted, living in near a place where ‘fork’ is pronounced by some as ‘fark’ and ‘bag’ is pronounced ‘bage’ would probably account for this sad and sorry plight.

Classic rock—I’m convinced—sells far more cars than country.

As many of you know, I am currently in the zone of car buyage. Yeah, the looking, driving, considering, wheeling, dealing, refusing, starting over…it’s a vicious cycle to be honest. But in a way it’s fun, too.

Over the past few weeks I’ve felt myself running the gambit of finding, wanting, calling my dad for sage advice, and taking five or six different people out along with me on test drives. Yeah, I want to be sure.

So I drove the Torouqe, Xterra, Pilot, Element, Tucson, and half-a-dozen others I cannot remember the names to, but which sound like capitals of states or items found on the periodic table.

After an adamant search I found it…the Santa (not Claus) Fe, made by Hyundai.

In writing this post I came to the realization that I never blogged about my last car acquisition, mostly because I don’t believe that blogs were in existence nine years ago when I made my last car purchase. However, if I had, I’d have probably said that when I first slipped into the Honda CR-V it was like ‘coming home.’ It was a place I felt comfortable in, and from the first test drive of the model, I loved it.

The Santa Fe; love it, too.

I’ve driven five or six vehicles of this model and subjected several friends and family members to test drivage along with me.

I think I found it.

But now comes the part of finding that one particular Santa Fe where rhyme meets reason and mileage meets pocketbook.

Curses.

I found one I liked. It was a bit too expensive. I talked to a friend, telling her that I thought I was suffering from ‘non-purchasing remorse.’ Or at least that’s what I choose to call it, after all, I have no idea what it’s called when one doesn’t buy something they think they want and there is the fear that it will not be there if they procrastinate any longer.

Yeah, that.

Needless to say, I’m still on the lookout for the Santa Fe which will make all of my dreams come true and bring world peace. After all, if there were a car out there that would bring peace to a world, it would surely be the Santa Fe.

So now it comes to the present. I’ve got high hopes. I’m on the lookout. I’m not in a huge rush to buy something today or tomorrow. I am still looking, and when I find the right one, I’ll buy it.

I have had to face some burning questions though. The most pressing is probably: will people still recognize me without the red CR-V? Probably not. Is this a bad thing? Probably not. Will it take some getting used to? Probably. Am I ready for the change?

Well, let’s see what Santa brings…

12 comments:

diane rene said...

oh the joys of car buying!
the right one will come along and you will 'know it' when you see it. at least, that is our luck with cars ;0)

Mamma has spoken said...

One word: negotiate.
All dealerships want to get those cars off their lots especially when it's time for the new cars to come out. Many/most price them such for room to do this (even new cars). Many/most salesman work on commission and don't want to loose the sale. Need help? call me or fly me out there, I know the ropes thanks to being married into a 'car' family ;o)

Natasha said...

Very nice! I hope the right one comes along.

Rachel said...

P.S. I should totally get a prize for being your highest commenter......

Rachel said...

And there lies my problem/dilemma. Our new vehicle. No one will recognize us now that Clifford has passed on........

I understand what you are going through. We should like, start a support group or something.

I've been trying to think what I can put on "The Beast" (we haven't named 'it' yet) that will make it ours. Unique to us.

Maybe, I'll put some big Texas longhorns on the front. It will go so well with the country music we have blaring out our windows. :D

Kelly said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si4L_VcpADg

Chrissy said...

My girlfriend bought one and loves it.. The ride is great.. forget the wheeling and dealing... FAX your proposal.. that's how its done now... My husband bought two cars that way... believe me... FAX your proposal to the fleet manager... that bypasses salespeople...

mama-face said...

haha. I was going to leave you some advice-like how about another red CR-V?... I'm biased because that's what I drive...but we also have two hyundai's-great cars...

but my word verification?

"fartingk"

hahahaha.

Emily said...

I don't know what I would do if I saw you driving in a non-red-honda crv. Weird. On that note, Hyundais are Korean and someone once told me Korean things (and people) are kind of cool too...

Richard & Natalie said...

How can you go wrong with anything with the word "Santa" in it? "Santa" brings joy & happiness. It also makes me think of red... But if the right one comes along and it isn't red, I say go for it. Change is good. Plus if you keep it for 9 years like the last one we will get used to seeing/spotting you in it too.

PS- You can give Rachel a ride in your new wheels when you get them for her highest commenting prize.

Teachinfourth said...

D - I'm still on the lookout. Looking forward to finding the right priced one.

B - In the process of doing that now. Since I'm not strapped for a car right now, I have no qualms about walking out…in fact, I've done that several times already.

Thanks for the offer though!

N - I'm sure that I'll have a new used car in the next six months or so.

R - Let me know when the meetings are. My name is Teachinfourth and I'm about to get a new car…

If you start blaring country music you will undoubtedly become social pariah and the anthesis of awesome.

Don't do it.

As for the prize, you get to be at the top of the list!

K - Newsies. Would you believe that I've never watched the whole thing?

C - I never thought about that. I might have to try it.

MF - I love my car. I don't really want to get rid of it, but I know that it won't last forever…kind of like LOST.

E - I am all about shocking people, Em. I also hear that Korean people visit their friends when they're in=state…

N - Rachel is all about prizes, isn't she? I'll let her have some extra honey-butter at Texas Roadhouse if she makes it up there…*(that is, if that place wins).

Chrissy said...

Believe me- my husband had the best experience... He said the fleet mgr. said that is the way most are buying their cars...Cut that middle man out and get what u want...Fleet mgr. just wants to move the inventory...

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