Thursday, June 16, 2016
Neither of us have ever purchased from a dealership and after hearing the horror stories of old, I was a bit nervous. After researching and deciding on a Dodge Grand Caravan, we did some "window shopping" at some local dealerships before finally driving one. We were pretty sure that this would be the type of van for us, until that test drive. Then I wasn't so sure.
I called our mechanic and chatted, got some recommendations. Frankly, I was tired of the search and research and we had enough saved for a large down payment. (My goal was to pay the full amount, but it didn't look like that was feasible). We have never had car payments either, new territory.
I started looking at Toyota Siennas. Mike and a bunch of other friends have them and they are still rolling with over 200K miles. I found one online Friday night at Jim Barkley Toyota in Asheville, ( highly recommend them). I sent an e-mail reserving it for a test drive and drove it at 9am on Saturday. 2 miles into the drive, I called the wife. "We don't want a Dodge Caravan, we want this Toyota Sienna". So many packages and options, this van had what we needed and wanted. Rear folding seats, rear AC/Heat control, and middle row roll down windows. And it is the sport model so it looks really cool. I like that.
We sat down to make a deal and it was going so smoothly, and I was so ready to be done that I failed at negotiating. But considering the price had recently been dropped, and I felt like it was a fair deal, I rolled with it and drove it home on Monday.
Adventure van is ready to adventure!
So hot, but so nice.
Posted by Stephen at 8:10 AM