I knew the car that I wanted. We arrived at the dealership when they opened on a Tuesday morning. Silly me, I thought that I would be done in time for carpool. Luckily I was smart enough to bring a fully charged iPad which ran out of battery juice right about the time that I decided to troll youtube for videos about the latest episode of Breaking Bad which neither my husband or car salesman could talk to me about.
I was with my husband who used to work at a car dealership (not this one). I did not think to eat a big breakfast. We sat around "negotiating" for hours and hours. Why did this take so long?
After a while, I went to the vending machine. I've been trying to avoid the brown monkey (diet coke) but given that they don't serve wine at car dealerships, I had to go with the contraband. I also ate some vending machine cookies that tasted like they were 3 to 4 years old. "Honey, these are disgusting. Do you want some?", I graciously offered.
At one point I was contemplating crossing the major four lane highway in front of the dealership to head to a Little Cesar's pizza place which I consider the low point of my thoughts all day. I may write a new diet book called the "Buying a car diet".
Hours later I was calling my trusty back up friend to pick my son up from Carpool and texting my oldest son telling him that he better not miss the bus. We were still there.
I learned my car salesman's entire history including the fact that he totally hates living in South Florida.
As we signed more paperwork than one does when buying a mini-mansion, the business office of the dealership smelled faintly of chicken noodle soup. I'm wondering now if it was some type of olfactory mirage.
Finally after hours and hours, I pulled away in my new car. I love it and the 50 miles per gallon it gets! I felt as exhausted as if I had just passed a kidney stone but I think that it was just passed a new milestone. No more mommy SUV !
I've promised myself that no one will be eating anything in this car and that I will get it washed every week. It was like New Year's Day, car-style! How long will these new car resolution last?