Joe and I decided to get away from the house this morning so we went to town and went vehicle shopping. My 1999 Camry is a good and reliable car but since I drive 40 miles per day to and from work it is probably a good idea to start looking. We started on the south side of Paducah and ended up on the west side (I think, I am no good with that stuff). We hit almost all of the dealerships. Now, mind you, we were just looking. Not at all ready to purchase one. The first sales person was very nice. It was a Kia dealership and this guy was fairly young and new. Normally I have an instant dislike for any type of car salesman but he was nice, not pushy at all. I like that and I liked Adam. We got a look at the Kias and left. The next dealership we drove through and didn't even stop. It was a Honda/BMW dealership and we didn't see anything we were the least bit interested in.
We went across the road and immediately a sales person came out. Joe made sure that every sales person that we came in contact with knew that the vehicle we were going to buy was for me. The man at that dealership shook my hand but that was just about all he said to me. He kept talking to Joe. I hate when that happens. The guy assumed, apparently, that any decision making would be done by the 'man' of the house. Uh, excuse me, you were told that the vehicle was for me, you know, me, the woman actually looking at them, doing the math, looking at the features. Ok, so he had already gotten on my bad side by acting like the 'typical' car salesman. I walked around the lot very much interested in looking inside several vehicles but guess what? They were all locked. I got pissed off again. How are you supposed to look at something without sitting in it and being able to feel it out. What they want you to have to do of course is have a sales person get the key for every vehicle you want. Uh, no. Not interested. (I should have had him fetch several keys at one time then said I was no longer interested!) I walked back to where Joe was talking to the narrow minded person called a sales rep. and I asked "why are all of your vehicles locked?" He said that is what they do. I said "well, I was interested in some but since they were locked I am no longer interested." By the way you are a chauvinist pig asshole and I wouldn't buy a car from you if you were the last dealer on Earth. Ok, I didn't saw that last part but I surely was thinking it.
We left and went down the road to the Ford dealership. Joe wanted to look at the 2008 Focus. Yuk, puke, nasty, tasteless, ugly, gag a maggot. They even had one in a horrible green. The guy there was nicer and actually talked to me so I hated it that I didn't like his cars but that was what I told him. Joe asked "Do you want to drive one?" I said "no, I think they are ugly, I don't like them at all." Then I said "sorry" to the nice sales person.
We left there and headed to the Toyota dealer. We had a nice salesman there who was honest, not pushy at all and left us alone until we saw something we wanted to test drive. We drove a Toyota Scion. It was black on black and a really cute little car. Good gas mileage and not too bad of a price for a new vehicle. We both ended up not liking it, just too little. We couldn't even see the front of the car while driving. What I really want is a Toyota Tacoma. I love them. I want a king cab with big ole tires. I have wanted a pickup truck for a while now. We have one but it is an 88 and not easy on the gas wallet. I guess I will have to wait until the next time a vehicle is purchased to get what I really want. A few years before I retire I will buy one so it will be paid off before retirement. Once again I guess I will get a sedan. Anyone have any good ideas for a new or late model vehicle that is an automatic with good gas mileage? I am looking for something around $16,000 or so.
I need all the help I can get!