Shopping for a New Car is a Painful Ordeal

I have been looking for a new car, as I continue to wait for my cardiologist to give me medical clearance for back surgery that was due to be performed this month. But, as much as I know that back surgery will leave me sore and in pain for a few weeks, trying to buy a car is almost as painful.

Why can’t car salespersons just tell you what the car costs, instead of having to haggle to get a good price? Moreover, how is it that you do a test drive, and before you know it, papers to be signed are shoved in your face to buy the car, even when you haven’t said that you want the car? This is what happened to me.

Normally, I don’t speak up in these circumstances, too embarrassed at appearing obstinate and anti-social. But, at 70 years old, I was determined that I was not going to buy a car that I didn’t want, although Douglas liked it a lot. But, it felt claustrophobic to me and was noisy inside the car, which Consumer Reports called the noise “reasonable.” Well, reasonable is in the ears of the listener!

So, for the first time in my life when buying a car, I spoke up to the salesperson and my darling husband. I said that I was not interested in buying the car. By the time we left the dealership, they had reduced the car by $2000, but I was adamant that I did not want the car. By now, pains from sciatica were shooting down my legs and my backside felt as though I had been sitting for days instead of hours.

I finally walked out of the dealership, got in the car, and Douglas came out and drove us home. The young lady kept texting me and emailing me until I had to tell her on the phone that I was NOT buying the car, no matter how much they reduced it.

We have test drove a few other models, and I have decided that a subcompact SUV is not what I desire. I want a midsize SUV that allows me at 4 feet and 10 and 1/2 inches to see above the steering wheel, and which doesn’t feel like I am a sardine, particularly when Douglas and I are both in the front seat. I want comfort when we travel, so I don’t arrive to places in so much pain that I spend two or three days recovering, and then it is time to go home.

I just wish that buying a car could be painless, as in just tell me what the bottom line price is, rather than reduce the price when I say I am not interested. Tomorrow, I hope to buy the car I want, but as I have two test drives scheduled, a 2020 Hyundai Tucson and a 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, it may take a little more time!

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  1. I have those painful buying experiences as well. I tried to sell a $2000.00 car for very painful reasons, maintenance/upkeep issues. No buyers, so I ended up giving it away to my cousin, she “badly needed” a car and knew some family members who could fix the issues. Pain is a real punisher; I feel for you. The New Jerusalem is coming.

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      1. The intensity and assurance is born of not such noble qualities. It’s a combination of frustration, and anger of all the hassle we have to go though. Then add that to a stubborn determination not to be a contributor to other people’s sorrow. I vent all that through what Jesus Christ has done for me on the Cross. I’m not sure how people would respond if they knew all the ingredients in the recipe that gives me that intensity and assurance. Thank-you for the comment.

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  2. It’s true that car buying is a painful thing. You have to be on your toes. I was a single mom for a while and needed to buy a car. I liked a used Plymouth wagon and test drove it. I was too stupid to realize that the salesman had the radio on the whole time. Yup, when I got it home and turned off the radio, the shocks were making a huge noise. Sadly, you can’t trust many salesmen. Many are not looking out for your best interests. You can ask to have the car checked. Pray for the Lord’s leading.

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