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The car hunt 
9th-Feb-2008 07:34 pm
Found a listing in AutoTrader for a 1997 Passat, diesel. I've recently decided that I think I can stand buying a diesel -- more than one gas station between work and home seems to sell diesel now. And I really am keen on getting something that gets good mileage.

It was near-ish a friend's house, and he knows the section of town it was in, so I had him navigate me so I'd not get lost.

Got there. Parked. The sign said that used cars is now Waaaay Over There -- with Nissan, I think. We went in and asked, and the receptionist person said she'd page him. Fairly quickly, a bored looking fellow ambled over. What do we want? Here's the printout. Oh, we sold that. I mentioned that it was still in the on-line ad as of Friday (and just checked, and it is still there now) and he said they sold it a few days ago. If this were a PRINT publication, I wouldn't expect an ad to disappear once the car sold, but it's NOT -- it's on line. If a business cared about their customers' time, I WOULD expect them to cancel the ad once the car sold. I asked about a different sort of car, and he basically told us to go out and look around in front where all their used cars are -- and he went off in the other direction.

Guess it'll be a LONG time until I forget that I really don't want to have anything to do with Suburban Motors in Farmington Hills, MI.

Meantime, I was interested in going by the Toyota dealer out there too -- but unlike the one that at about 17 minutes past the hour let the spouse and I in and even let us drive a car, this one had its doors locked at 15 minutes past. If we'd not wasted out time on the used lot we'd have made it.

And the person that is trying to sell a somewhat older and rather cheaper car, that I've been trying to connect with for most of a week has only answered one e-mail and never answered their phone.
11th-Feb-2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Boy! I wish I had something you wanted in the way of a car... would it help if I got in touch with my cousin that rebuilds/sells cars down in WV? He mostly sells jeeps and jeep parts, but gets a little bit of everything.
11th-Feb-2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hah! Thank you.

I'm a bit of an odd duck, and the odds that he would have something I'd really want are low. (Although non-zero. If you're looking for an excuse to call him, I can tell you what I desire, but I don't hold out high hopes.)

And I'm on the cusp of making a decision NOW. I hate hanging out in limbo. (I'm a serious "J".)

And I'm torn. Being a dink is wonderful, and I *can* afford to buy new... but I've not seen anything I'm in love with. Reading the specs on some cars, I've found one I think I want, but... Still need to test drive it. There are 2 used cars that I've been in contact with the owners on, but haven't gotten to see yet.

Yeah, I'm going to make a decision this weekend..
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