Tuesday, February 17, 2009

थे हंटर [The Hunter]

I don't know why my titles keep being automatically translated into some middle eastern language. Strange.

So I am officially on the hunt. The story goes...

I noticed one morning that the wires were showing on my tire and I went the next day to get them replaced. $200 for two new tires. I kept one and got them rotated. The guy told me it was so bad because of my alignment, so I went to get it fixed. The grease monkey looked at my car and said that the arms on my wheels were whatever and whatever... It was going to cost me over $500 to get it fixed so I told him to give me my car back and get lost, then I sharpened my spear and went across the street to the closest dealership to start my hunt.

So far I have seen and liked:

2008 Chevy Cobalt $10k 20k miles
2008 Chevy Cobalt $9k 2 door 23k miles
2006 Nissan Sentra $10k 35k miles
2006 Nissan Sentra $8k ?miles (Private Seller)
I also saw a couple Versas that I likes but didn't really investigate much.

Now, I know these prices aren't the best and I plan to get more cars in my knowledge base and then let my dealer friends duel it out for my business.

What I'd like is a newer car. Preferably 2006 or newer with under 35k miles. Something small and definitive Commuter with great gas mileage. I'm quite ignorant about cars and prices and pretty much EVERYTHING to do with buying a car. If you have any advice for me, it would be appreciated. So far my dad, brothers and brothers-in-law have been great helps. Thanks guys and please let me know if you have any more advice for me. Also if you ever want to come with me to a dealer and be my wing man while I talk with a dealer that would be excellent.

I just talked with a coworker who was a car salesman in his previous employ. He gave me some tips and even offered to go with me to a dealer. Cool beans.

What I've learned is that dealers are pretty intense. The Nissan dealer kept me at the dealership for about 45 minutes or more and called me twice that night after I left and pretty much every day after. I haven't been able to catch his calls sense that day but I'd like to so that i can tell him that if he offers me $7k out the door then I'll drop whatever I'm doing and run over there.

Update: I bought a car! More info to come.

You guys are the best! Thanks again for all your help.