Saturday, November 06, 2010
So I go to look at certified pre-owned minivans last week...
I tell the guy that my wife will have to come and look on the weekend, maybe.
That was Tuesday; since then, he's emailed me three times, someone else (secretary?) in his office also emailed, and he personally called me three freakin' times.
Meanwhile, Mrs. C-Nut has been so busy (home at 10:30pm on Wednesday and 8:30pm on Thursday) that I have barely even had time to talk about a *new car* with her.
Yet this huckster keeps badgering me, wanting to know when I might bring my wife down.
He just called now and I cut him off, and told him off. "DO NOT TO CALL OR EMAIL ME AGAIN UNTIL AFTER I CONTACT YOU!"
Most of these guys are clueless - that ain't how to sell - not to me anyway!
I'm tempted to contact his manager, call this clown out, and ask to deal with another sales rep - except that....that might not be so fair.
It's probably the sales manager who's been yelling at the guy to *follow-up* and SELL, SELL, SELL in the first place.
I did get around to discussing this with my wife a bit but we are at an impasse.
We're just not sure if we want to spend 17-18k on a used minivan (Town & Country with 30-40k miles on it, 1-3 years old).
We already have a 2006 Tahoe...
So maybe we just need an $8,000 *little* car for my wife to take to the train station and for me to use for weekend golf trips and whatnot? $5 per gallon gas will be here within 2 years - I predict.
Do any of y'all have opinions on buying a one year old car with 30,000 miles on it? These cars, this young, are all from rental car fleets. Having only EVER had clunkers (until the Tahoe semi-gift from MIL this year), we don't know cars or the first thing about buying them at all.
My question is really - does putting all that mileage on a car over a short period mean reduce the quality of it?
The sales guy said that those cars have mostly lower-impact *highway* miles on them PLUS they are meticulously maintained by the companies - at least in terms of regular oil changes and whatnot.
AND he said that they generally get them from rental companies for cheaper prices so that means they are cheaper on his lot.
After some deliberation, I've concluded that essentially everything is pretty much priced in. And all a buyer has to calculate is how much they are willing to pay, and for what.
But it's just brutal having to deal with these small time *skimmers*.