Courageous & Outrageous - Car Shopping

By Pat Nichol

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The second most expensive item people purchase, next only to our homes, is a car. For many, a vehicle is an extension of their personality. Not an item to be purchased indiscriminately, it is something we will (hopefully) keep for a while.

Given that, selecting a car should take some thought: large or small, how many seats, do we want it to be ours alone or should we plan on ferrying friends? Interestingly, for me, the colour is also an important feature. Although I find they look exciting, red cars and me don't mix. When I'm behind the wheel, red cars attract accidents. A yellow car would be fun, but then I hear my father’s voice in my head talking about lemons. Not good. My last car was black, and my next car will probably be black too, although, I do have visions of one in deep purple.

For the past month, I’ve been on a search for a car that is sleek, sexy and makes me feel powerful behind the wheel. Sleek, sexy, powerful – a hard bill to fill when car salespersons don’t see you that way. It has been a most interesting experience.

At some places, I must have been wearing my invisible cloak - no one bothered to come near me. In one case, my daughter was doing some preliminary searching for me, and the salesperson told her which car I needed - without ever having met me! As it happens, that particular model is one that I would NOT want. Or how about the very young salesperson who suggested, when I commented about the car being close to the ground, that there were cars made for older people. Scratch that sale!

In every case, I left my wish list and phone number with each salesperson I spoke with. Maybe the car I want doesn’t exist because only one has followed up.

Here I am, with a car to trade, cash in my pocket and ready to buy. It seems simple, two doors, automatic, good sound system, large trunk and a few other minor requests. Maybe like last time, I will drive onto a lot and MY CAR will be sitting there waiting for me to claim it. I hope so, and I hope so soon.

Perhaps by the time you're reading this column, I will be driving around in something sleek, sexy and powerful.





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