Wow. The ins and outs of buying a new (used) car! I sold my Chrysler 300 (bye-bye Baby Girl! Booo Hoo . . .) and it broke my heart, but Linda couldn’t drive it to work, as it was RWD and getting up snowy mountains in it didn’t work for her. Besides, the sporty styling meant that she was too tall to sit comfortably in it. I may drive every other week or so, if that, just to the library or the store, so keeping it really didn’t work, especially as Colorado wanted a small fortune to register it after it was in storage for so long after my cancer treatments. The guy that bought her is thrilled out of his mind, so it’s all good. He is a single father with two kids, one with a dangerous heart condition, and a job with Dell Computer Repair that means he drives a lot – so safety for his kids and a solid driver for him with low mileage had him grinning like a fool as he drove off.
I had found a 2006 Hyundai Tucson 4WD in the right price range and mileage at PlanetHonda over on Colfax, and a saleswoman we liked, so we made an appointment to go see it. Trouble is, she didn’t grab the keys before our appointment that morning – so another salesperson sold it out from under us five minutes before we arrived – even though we had an appointment to see it! Grrrr . . .
Don’t piss off the Leiah. You won’t like the outcome…
As we were leaving PlanetHonda on Saturday, truly pissed, I jumped on Edmunds.com and what do you know? A 2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS/XL, at AutoNation Subaru West, not three blocks away. 4WD, sexy Obsidian Black, beautiful interior, in stunning condition other than some very minor hail damage. (In Colorado, you deal with two things – always – hail damage, and cracked windshields from rocks thrown up from gravel trucks, etc.).
As Linda was tired, grumpy, and hungry, and I was just plain pissed, we went home and called to get more information. Noel, the agent who answered, was kind, helpful and considerate. They just got the Tucson in, and wanted to give it a good going over before making it available for sale. Would we care to make an appointment? Well, sure, as long as he doesn’t jerk us around. OK, good deal, see you on Monday morning at 9:30!
As agreed, we showed up (well, we showed up at 9:10, just to be safe). There she sat, waiting on us, with a big “On Hold” sign on the windshield. Sweet. Sexy, sexy baby!! Hey, it even has Bluetooth! Double Score! One owner, all records, everything kept up. They put in a new radiator, hoses and belts, as well as replacing all four tires (!!) when they brought it in (I did some research online. Approximate Value? Radiator, radiator fan, belts and hoses: $500.00 New All Weather Tires and Balance, tire disposal fee: $583.00) Flipping over backwards and cheering SCORE!!! And a few dollar less than the one at PlanetHonda!
Even Better?! AutoNation is sponsoring the AutoNation Cure Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on December 19th!!!!!!
There are nice plate holders front and back showing off AutoNation’s support of breast cancer research, and I am pushing for Linda to get the Colorado Breast Cancer Research License Plates.
Guess I will have to get a car cover in pink and Ribbon it up! Covercraft makes them, but theirs have more of a “Covercraft” vibe than a Pink Ribbon Vibe, so it is the sewing machine and paints to the rescue! LOL… Check this one out!
OK, so maybe I am relegated to the 2002 Audi Quattro V6 that Linda used to drive – but I am giving serious consideration to painting it pink! 😉