Today was a big day.
And I mean REALLY big day.
THIS became mine!
Oh yes, that’s right, I bought a new (used) car! It was a big decision to make but I honestly feel it was the right one. I know the lifetime on my Focus doesn’t have as much left as I want it to and I decided I would rather get some money (for a down payment) than drive in into the ground and get nothing. And since it was due for new tires and I was not willing to put any money other than an oil change (which was also due!) it seemed the time to really start looking.
Yesterday I went to CarMax and got a quote for my car, walked the lot and test drove three different kinds: Volkswagen, KIA, and Honda.
I LOVED the Volkswagen; the KIA was super sensitive and kind of jolty but smooth, and the Honda I did not like, I felt like I couldn’t tell where the car ended.
I went home to crunch numbers and continue some searching via the web.
I found a 2009 white Volkswagen Jetta at a dealer in Woodland Hills. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go. Then I found a 2009 black Volkswagen Jetta in Santa Monica. Better mileage, about the same price. Why not?
So Amy joined me on the hunt. I test drove the car and loved it! We decided to start crunching numbers and while the salesmen wanted me to sign the papers last night, I took the night to think about it. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t jumping into something and got the opinions of those people I trust. Amy and I did an amazing job negotiating down but when I went back after work (only 2 hours after they opened and even though they were going to “try to hold” the car, it sold.)
They had a similar one of the same price and more mileage. I went to inspect it just as one of my good friends/managers/awesome car guy showed up. It took about 10-15 minutes to realize this one was NOT up to the same level as the one sold. We walked the lot. We looked at the white model I had also looked at yesterday. And then we spotted it.
The 25,000 mile model with the least scratches, almost the same price and overall better extra features. I don’t think I need navigation, but heck, I’m gonna have it! We took it for a test drive and it felt amazing. I felt good. I felt like I could be driving my next car. I got the “I would buy this car!” from Justin which I consider one of the best stamps of approval. We started negotiating. It wasn’t easy but I got a really good deal. At least I think so and that’s really what counts.
They’re fixing up a few things and it should officially be mine by Tuesday. I can’t believe it and I couldn’t be happier! I’m about to start driving around a car that makes me feel safe, secure and is super AWESOME! I’ll share more pictures once it’s in my hands!