Kara and the Car Shopping Debacle

Single girl + Car Shopping = NIGHTMARE!

My car her whole life has been nothing but trouble. Yes she is beautiful and can haul ass, but she is high maintenance. So high maintenance in fact that it is time to let someone else give her a try and for me to move onto something new. I have known for quite some time that she was a little too much for me to handle with her constant visits to the shop and long list of repairs that have consequently played a number on my pocketbook, yet I kept her. Why do ask, cause on the outside she seems to be everything I could ever want in a car. She is beautiful, fast, fun, and I constantly get compliments on her, yet she doesn’t really fit my life so well these days. Kind of like my ex. So it is with much sadness that I say goodbye to my first car and move onto…car shopping.

This is my first experience shopping for a car all by myself and needless to say it’s not fun. All I know is that I need an SUV to haul gear, but I also need to get good gas mileage since I love to drive and I rack up around 400+ miles a week just for work. Also, I want my new baby to drive well, cause let’s be honest I don’t know how to drive slow. My speeds are fast and faster! So far I have had one slightly annoying trip out to test drive my options.

First stop….Ford

I test drove the Ford Escape, its cute, has a V6 engine and gets good gas mileage. The car salesmen who helped me…couldnt understand a word he was saying. He was from Haiti has a son who is a senior in college who wants to be an audio engineer. He has been in the states for 10 years. I have this problem that when I meet new people I like to interrogate them, hence my personal knowledge of my ford friend. It took all my focus just to understand him through his thick accent.

I have no idea what I am doing, nor which questions to ask as I am not looking at getting a new car, but a “new to me” car. So needless to say I am no farther along in even knowing if I can afford this car than before I walked in. At least I know, it drives well.

2nd Stop…Toyata

I wanted to test drive the Rav4 since apparently Japanese cars are freakin awesome and not high maintenance. I walk onto the lot and of course the shortest, fattest, ugliest, oldest, man with bad hair approaches me, leaving his nest of cronies to see what I need help with. I tell him I am interested in the RAV4’s he tells me where to find them on the lot and that he will be over there in a sec. His first question…When are you looking to buy? My answer…a lie…sometime in the spring. I was NOT going to buy a car that day and did not want to deal with pushy salesmen so I used that line that a friend so wisely told me to use. Truth…I’m probably getting a “new” car in the next few weeks. What does this fine gentleman then do. HE WALKS AWAY FROM ME!! He says well, they are over there if you want to look. I told him that I would like to see the interior and he informs that one of them should be unlocked, just look around till you find one. Piss off car man! Congratulations…I would have bought from you in a few weeks. Instead I’m going to go to a different dealership and buy from someone who will actually take 15 minutes out of his obviously “busy” day to help me.

Car shopping so far has been a nightmare, I wonder if I would be treated better if I was a man. Oh well, I still have 3 more cars to test drive before I make a decision. If only finding an eligible bachelor were this easy…wait…it is just as painful! Until next time. 🙂