Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Hoot Of Car Buying
One, apparently half of the car salesmen you encounter will absolutely hate their jobs. I mean hate their jobs. Take for example, (some foreign name I didn't catch because he mumbled it.) at Hyundai. First of all, you would have thought we were asking this guy for a look at his femur bone when we asked to see a car. He literally looked up from his virtually empty desk and said, "You want to see a car outside?" No, (foreign employee of the month) I would like to see a car you draw from your imagination...you have 1 minute...go! When we finally got this charismatic salesman outside and into the car for a test drive, I thought we were transporting a hungover college freshman back to his dorm. He sat in the back seat, put his sunglasses on and mumbled incoherent phrases like, "Horse power," and "gas mileage." When we tried to make small talk by asking, "You must get tired of this test drive route," he replied with no hesitation, "Yes." At least we had run into a honest car salesman - isn't that like finding a four leaf clover?
Two, playing the game of, "What do you think of (insert competitor car)?" is a hoot with car salesmen. Last night, while test driving a Toyota I asked the salesman what he thought of the Nissan Pathfinder. As the word "Pathfinder" fell from my lips, he started to grip the console in rage and make hissing noises under his breath. When I followed up with, "No, really what do you think?" He replied, with all the restraint of a raging bull, "Um, Nissan is a terrible car." Terrible huh? Really? So, I decided to poke the hornet's nest one more time and said, "So, you think Nissan is a bad choice?" You would have thought I was asking what he thought about packing a car with puppies and lighting it on fire. Like I said, it was a hoot.
And three, test driving is fun, so please, if you get the chance, go for it. Slam on the brakes, take it from 0 to 60, and swerve onto oncoming traffic. How are you going to know if this is the car unless you drive like a complete madwoman? Because let's be honest, this is a free ride, and two, your salesperson wants to kill themselves anyway, so just help speed up the process.