Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Addition to the Family

Ok, so it's not quite a kid...yet. But it's the next crucial step before a baby enters the picture. Tara and I just purchased a 2005 Hyundai Sonata and couldn't be more thrilled after being without a car for the past month.

The prospect of buying a car was not something we thought would become a necessity for several more years. If you're not aware, our previous car was totalled last month in a scary crash that could have been much worse than it was.

For the past month, Tara and I had been doing a lot of car research and online homework in order to make sure we educated ourselves as best as we could going into the process of buying a car. We started out by visiting several dealerships in South Philly, which unfortunately meant that we also had to deal with a handful of really pushy and sometimes incompetent and/or unprofessional salespersons. One guy took us out to look at all the used cars in the lot and didn't know a thing about any of them. When he would go inside to get information on them, he'd be gone for fifteen to twenty minute intervals, only to return claiming that someone had hidden the info on him. Riiiiight! Another dealer greeted us by complaining vehemently about his previous customers (always a comforting feeling when you're the next customer). When we got into a car with him to go for a test drive, he spent about 99 percent of the time giving us way too much information about his annoyances with his friends and about 1 percent of the time talking about the car and answering our questions. To his credit, he did go down to Tampa for games 1 and 2 of last year's World Series between the Phils and Rays, so I did enjoy that part of his exhortation. When we went inside to talk numbers, he immediately switched into ultra-sleazy car dealer mode and when he refused to budge from a certain price, we walked out. It was a truly liberating feeling. I suggest you try it at least once in your lifetime.

At a certain point, we just became fed up with South Philly dealerships and expanded our search to the surrounding Philadelphia area. In one of our online searches, we saw a 2005 Hyundai Sonata listed at Keyser Miller Ford in Collegeville, PA. While the car looked great and was within our price range, we were skeptical about its availability because car dealership websites are rarely accurate, but we called and they said the car was available.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

We went up there and fell in love with the car almost immediately. After having driven a good handful of cars over the previous month, there was just something different about this car. It rode smooth as silk, had a really comfortable interior, and was silver (I like silver cars!). Keyser Miller Ford gave us a great deal and was a breath of fresh air to work with after our South Philly experiences. As a small family-owned dealership, they were courteous, patient, and not pushy at all. I highly recommend Keyser Miller Ford to anyone looking to buy a car.

Many thanks to all our great friends who let us borrow their cars repeatedly over the past month! We're happy to return the favor if ever needed!

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