My logic isn’t always undeniable; I have my moments of insanity. On Monday, I had the joy of taking my car in for service at the dealership. It’s still under warranty, so I wisely take it to them instead of someone a bit cheaper – for now.
Originally, I thought I was going to have this ginormous service bill for August, but my car kindly let it roll into September. Not that it made it any cheaper. :S
Looking for a fun day? Go to a car dealership.
I enjoy the fun of taking my car in for service; it is always a new and entertaining experience.
This day, was no exception.
My service advisor first tried to talk me into a new 2013/14 car. Okay, humoring you….how much extra do you think it would be? Oh, about $15 – $20K to get you into a new vehicle.
Another $20K in car payments? Oh yeah, I’m up for that, really. Note my sarcasm. HELL NO! New and shiny does not always mean better.
I was able to test drive the car for the day as my loaner and it quickly reinforced the fact that new is not always better. I realized that for once, I enjoyed the car I drove. It is comfortable, easy to drive, I can pack my bike into the back of it and it doesn’t have all this gadgetry to make my head spin.
Yes, you read right, I can pack my bike into the INSIDE of my car. Neat, eh? My car is a hatchback, the seats fold all the way down and my bike rack is a metal rail that clips to the back of the folded seats. All I have to do is take off the front wheel (super easy on a road bike), clip the front forks into the rack and put a strap around the seat post that attaches to hooks. This way, I don’t have a huge rack on the back (or top) of the car and I won’t damage the paint!
Dealership drama continued….
Wait, you don’t want to upgrade to a shiny new car? How about a $2500 extended warranty? You’re almost out of factory warranty. If you do it today, we’ll only charge you $69.95 instead of $279.95 for the pre-inspection to authorize the warranty extension. Yea, $2500 just turned into $2569 plus tax.
Ironically, when I then wanted to upgrade my brakes to a performance product, the service advisor talked me out of it and worked to save me money.
You’re distorting the laws!
MY LOGIC IS UNDENIABLE.
Yep, it was a weird day. Straight out of I, Robot with Will Smith, when they zap the crazy robot VIKI with nanites. I zapped the car dealership with a big fat NO for each crazy costly suggestion. They’re just doing their job, but going from let me help you spend oodles of money to let me help you save some is just bizarre.
It ended up being an expensive day, the service cost $1900; new brakes, routine maintenance and a fuel system flush.
My logic, luckily, was intact and I stopped myself from making a stupid purchase. I want no new debt in my life; I made a pact with my family that I would not incur any new debt.
I want to keep that promise I made and see something through right to the finish. I have spent much of my life never finishing anything I start when it comes to personal endeavours.
Would you trade in a 2-year-old car?
I find it unbelievable that we make these types of financial decisions (if you can call it that) every day. We trade in our cars like NS5 robots from the movie, for the next best thing, before it’s even started rusting. As a human race, we’ve really turned into a society of consuming things. Sure, it would be nice to have a new car every two years but that would be never ending car payments.
Ask yourself, do you want to rent a car for the rest of your life? Do you want to have insurance that never goes down for the rest of your life?
Thanks, but I’ll pass. I am looking forward to the day when I don’t have car payments anymore.
What’s the most expensive service you’ve had on your car? Would you trade in a 2-year-old car?
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