A little bit of background, Chris has had issues with his car since he paid it off last year. We had to replace the fuel pump 3 times in a little over a year (thankfully we didn't have to pay for the last replacement because those things are expensive!). We knew we would need to get him a new car, but we were hoping to hold off on that for as long as possible (as in after the house).
Last Wednesday he noticed that his car sounded a little strange, but thought that changing the oil would help out. He backs out of our garage, on his way to class in the morning, and it dies. Kaput. Nothing. I throw him my spare keys and tell him we'll deal with it later. When he gets back it was time for a nice tow over to the closest, trusted repair place.
I'm not going to pretend like I know much of anything about cars (minus the basics to get by, thank you AAA for my added protection on the road), but they originally told us the problem was the starter. I choked down the price and tell them to replace it only to find out later that night that it is in fact the engine. The Engine! I pretty much burst into tears when they told us the price to get a new one, or repaired one. Let's just say it was well over the value of the car.
After I had my moment, we sat down, talked and weighed out our options. Do we shell out a ton of money for a car that we intended to replace in the next year, or do we bite the bullet and move up the purchase time frame for his new truck? Well as you can tell from the post title, we went for option 2.
Saturday morning we headed out with my parents and hit up 3 or 4 different dealerships. We found a very nice pre-owned 2011 Chevy Silverado at the first dealership, but ended up getting a good deal on a 2010 Ford F150 at the same dealership that I purchased my Escape and my dad got his Explorer. My last experience there was actually easy and somewhat enjoyable. Sadly, this experience was not. I hate dealing with a bunch of different people all giving us different prices. Last time we dealt with the one salesman who gave us a price that could not be beat by the other dealerships we checked out and that was it. But its done and over with and hopefully this means we won't have to deal with car salesmen for another 5 or 10+ years!
Have you ever dealt with car salesmen? Did you have a good or bad experience?