Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"A heckova deal!"

The past year has been a learning and growing experience in boundaries for me.

So, now we'll see how well I've learned those lessons as I prepare to deal with...

THE DREADED CAR SALESMAN!!!! (insert evil sounding music here)

I resolve to be calm and courteous. My yes will be yes, and my no, no.

No matter how poorly they listen, I have no right to be rude. Too many Christians forget their identity when dealing with salesmen, whether they be at a car lot, calling on your home telephone, or knocking on your door.

Do you guys have any fun car buying stories to share?


Tammy said...

Ok...Pete and I got a list of the "techniques" that car salesmen use. There are about 7 of them. While we were wheeling and dealing we would try to guess which one they were using and counter it with a pre-determine plan to keep things going our way. We had a ball playing good-buyer/bad-buyer and got a pretty good deal in the process.

Anonymous said...

I'm a salesman's dream... I put up little resistance and I'm gullible as all get-out.

One day we drove into a new car lot and from the entrance three salesmen came out and did a front line coverage ... scared me to death ... I kept on driving through the lot and out the exit!

do you know where I can get a good deal on a new mustang...that's all I need to know.


I took my wife Lea with me the first we purchased a car. We'd already sat down and decided that a car payment of $300 a month was what we could afford.

After we test drove the car we sat down at the salesman's desk and started negotiating. His first question was, "Can we sell you this car for payments of $300 a month?" My dad had taught me how to "play the game" and I had just replied, "There's no way we can afford $300 a month payments," when Lea spoke up and said to me, "Yes we can, we decided before we came in here we could do $300 a month."

I forgot to explain negotiating to her.

preacherman said...

The picture of a future burned out preacher!

Shane Coffman said...

Trey, I'm rolling! That was hilarious.

John, my wife had a dream a couple weeks ago that she sold our cars and bought a little sports car to replace them. Strangely enough, I wasn't happy...

Brenda said...

It's not a salesman story, but funny car buying story:

In 1998 we had a little Ford Escort. We had the two boys and could have used something else to drive as well. We had received a little more than we expected on our tax return that year so we thought it would be great to put toward another car.
About 2 weeks later, I called Chad at work and told him I had a suprise for him. He said "I'll be home a little later than usual...I have a suprise too"
He pulls in and has me come outside. Yes...MY HUSBAND...said "SUPRISE" as he showed me a nice 2 seater Nissan 300ZX.
The look of shock must of come across my face. I was only 1/2 way smiling.
He then says:
"Can you top my suprise?"

I said: "I'm Pregnant"

I think all the color drained out of his face!

Needless to say...we kept that car for 9 months and traded it for a van to accomodate all 5 of us!

He's never surprised me again!

Shane Coffman said...

Oh, my. That was not at all where I thought that was going, Brenda!

Now I don't know whose story is funnier - Trey's or Brenda's.

weswaugh said...

Once upon a time, one of my friends got his first brand new car, and he was just glowing with new-car happiness and pride.

The very first night that he brought it to town, I was behind him at a red light, and I thought it would be funny if I bumped him. So I just tapped his back bumper, just a little.

But for some reason, he didn't see ANY humor in a possible dent in his brand new car, not even a little.

When we got home, he junmped out of his car and (verbally) ripped me up one side and down the other. I've never seen him so mad!

I must've apologized 30 times that night, but if you're still mad, Shaner: I know, I know, you're absolutely right, it wasn't even a little bit funny, I'm sorry, and I'll NEVER do it again.

One of our elders here buys cars at auction and sells them to us at a couple hundred dollars over auction price. It saves money, but it just takes all the "fun" out of the car-buying experience.

Shane Coffman said...

Oh, man, I forgot all about that, Wes. You had me totally rolling once I remembered it was me!

To all of my friends reading in the Tulsa area: DON'T TRY WHAT WES DID. BAD, BAD IDEA.

But, 12 years later it's awful funny...

Wow. Keep those hilarious stories coming! This is fun.

Brenda said...

I'm stunned! I'm shocked! Shane has a temper?? Say it aint so???

Guess this has me second guessing removing that OSU sticker and putting an OU sticker on your car!

Believe me...I have thought about it!

chris said...

No stories to share, just a question. Have you seen the movie, Flywheel? It is a movie about a car dealer, from the same people who brought us "Facing the Giants." IF you haven't seen it, you need to.

Good to see you are doing well.

Mike Morton said...

So you're buying a car?

Shane Coffman said...

Chris, I've vever even heard of Flywheel. Facing the Giants was pretty good, though.

Mike - Sadly, yes. The Impala is no more. Is that your Max Patkin impression on your picture?