Adventure’s In Car Buying, Part Three

Day two was an extremely uneventful day. Come to find out, 99% of car dealerships are closed on Sundays. This is a detail one just doesn’t really pay attention to until one is actually planning to go looking at cars. Interesting, nonetheless! We did manage to add our opinion of one other dealership to my now growing list, as well as make a few decisions on the matter of car buying.

  1. Carmax is a big thing around these parts. People search their website daily to check out the comings and goings of this used car seller. We found a couple of vehicles, in particular, that we ventured to Franklin, TN to check out today. We walk in and, right off the bat, notice that it isn’t very busy. In fact, there’s only one other couple there. The gentleman that helped us was uninformed about their vehicles, couldn’t tell us a thing about the one we test drive (yes, I said the one we test drove because he couldn’t find the others on their lot. He tried to say they were obviously at another location, but I whipped out the phone, pulled up their details and, no, Cool Springs Dealership is exactly where they were located.) While we liked the vehicle, Carmax also has a “no haggle” price, which they claim is the perfect price for each and ever individual vehicle. And perhaps it was a perfect price, if our salesman – and I use that term loosely – could have even told us the tiniest of details, like how to raise the third row seating, how to slide the driver’s side middle row back, what features the car had, etc. I had to rely on what I was reading directly from the website. So, if you don’t expect any help, I’m sure Carmax is the place to go!

Other than that exciting adventure out of town, we also decided that we should probably wait a bit longer before jumping into the buying game. I told my wife I didn’t want to just jump into a particular vehicle right now just because we could afford that one particular vehicle. Especially when we have our sites set on another vehicle specifically. So, while we await the precise moment to pounce, we’re going to move what we already had declared as our “budget” aside to another account. On top of that, the vehicle we’ve pretty much decided on is a big more pricey, so we’re also going to divert an addition sum that is extra (again, I use that word loosely) into the same account. As well as taking a portion of our income tax refund (yes! we actually get a little of the money back that we let the government borrow tax free!) and throw it into there as well. That’s a very sizable amount and is pretty much exactly what we need for our purchase. However, I figure there will be sales coming up soon. Dealerships seem to love those “Spring Sales,” “Easter Spectacular Events,” “Summer Clearance Countdowns,” and such. So we sit. And we wait. And we keep our eyes peeled.

Should we make any more moves or encounter any more amazing dealerships, I’ll be sure to throw up Part 4 as soon as it’s over.  Thanks for reading along!



4 thoughts on “Adventure’s In Car Buying, Part Three

  1. I have heard great things about CarMax sorry about your poor experience. I hope you are able to get the car you really want at the price you want. I think your main problem with your car search is that you have not visited a Ford dealership. 😀 😉 I have it on very good authority that they are indeed built Ford tough!

  2. Sounds like you got a bad salesman, but we never had as issue with Carmax. I like the fact that they are non-commissioned so there is no pushy sales tactics to get you to buy the car you want. If he couldn’t find the vehicles, that was time to ask for another salesman or manager 🙂

    But, I agree, if there is a vehicle you have your heart set on, go for that one. Do your proper research, check out reviews from other owners of that vehicle, etc. Don’t settle for a vehicle just because you can afford it and it’s there… then again, don’t overpay for one either! lol Check out Kelly Blue Book and True Car to make sure you don’t overpay for the vehicle you want.

    Good luck!

  3. We love Ford, even have a ’07 Focus that we bought almost new in ’07. Prices though! We’d like the Edge, which is closest in our price range, but still on the $$$ side.

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