Most people look, test drive and buy a car. Sometimes they haggle a little (I can assure you the dealerships make out there too). Then they buy.
I’m not most people. Before the pandemic I talked about upgrading my car for one with the newer safety features. My car was nine years old with 25K miles. There wasn’t anything wrong with it. I couldn’t logically trade it in. In the end my car decided for me.
After an accident that totaled the car, I am without wheels. At first it didn’t matter as I hurt and didn’t want to go anywhere. Then I drove the beloved husband’s Hindenburg. It gets me where I need to go (like Starbucks and doctor’s appointments) but for me it feels like I’m driving an 18-wheeler. (Yes, I know it’s all in my head! You should see what’s in my head. It’s a scary place!)
Finally I started to peruse the internet for cars. It’s grim out there. No deals to be had. At least none that save globs of money (or any money at all). Not much inventory either. Dealership lots are empty. Used cars cost more than new and new cars seem to be rationed. All cars are black, gray or white. Not much else. You buy before they hit the dealership’s lot. It’s like buying a house these days. Gone before available.
After a few weeks I saw a charcoal car that was the same model as my old faithful (until she wasn’t anymore). It was the middle model – XLE. I’m sure that’s what I had before so I bought it sight unseen. It was in transit somewhere between Canada and me. Eventually it came. It did not have all the wonderful features that my old one had. Boogers.
The day after I picked it up, I went back on the dealership’s website and they were getting four new cars (all in transit). All were black or white except one. It was red. It was an upgraded model with the features I like. I had 25 miles on the new car. I talked to my sales person. He finagled a deal whereby I can buy the new car for the difference between the two plus a small ding as the new car parked at my house was now a used car (with 25 miles on it).
It’s costly but it’s exactly what I want. My logic and vanity mud wrestled for a while. So far my vanity is winning. The new red car just came in but I haven’t seen it yet. If it’s as great as the sticker says, it may get a new mama.
I’m almost always a sane and logical person but once in a while you have to kick it to the curb. The biggest surprise is that I did it with a car. I’m really not a car person. I would have put money on getting another cat before upgrading a car!
Do you ever defy logic and do what you want? Do you feel guilty when you do?