Summer Vacation Days 10, 11, 12: The Great Car Race

It all began on Monday morning.  DH asked me to go with him to take the Cornish Cross Chickens to the processor and then join him for breakfast while the birds were being “tended too” — this is about as close as we get to a date.  We got about three quarter of the way there, past the sink hole in Damascus and part way through Boring, when DH yelled that something was wrong with the car.  The engine light was on and he couldn’t accelerate much past 30mph.  We plugged along to the processor, turned the car off and waited a few minutes.  When we turned it back on it was fine.

We headed into Sandy for breakfast when the light came on again.  We drove around the block and into the service department at Suburban Ford.  While we waited we started thinking that perhaps driving a car with 157,000 miles across the country was not such a brilliant idea. Maybe a new car was in order. We spent the next two days looking at every small SUV in our price range: Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, Chevy Equinox, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. We even considered a Mini Cooper Countryman.  They were all nice, but each had it own drawbacks….price, not enough room in the back seat, weird headrests that pitched your head forward at an odd angle, no air conditioning/heat in the back seat, uncomfortable seats.  The sales people were also interesting :  a great guy named David at Suburban Ford (ask for home if you go there), a gal that wasn’t actually in sales and couldn’t tell us even what colors the car came in, a smarmy dude that really wanted to sell us a car in perfect condition ( except for the dent and peeling paint that we showed him), a really odd fellow that could not stop making puns and jokes that only he was laughing at, a really sweet kid that we would have loved to buy something from and finally Hamid, the guy the called his wife and told her he loved her in order to show us the phone integration.

We finally settled in a slightly used 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.  They had just taken it in, it hadn’t been inventoried, advertised or even scrubbed to within an inch of it’s life with Armor All.  It had been sold back by a couple that decided after only a thousand miles they should no longer be driving anything.  We got a great price on it, they came in $1000 less than what we had decided to pay, almost $7000 of of the msrp sticker and lower then anything that we had found with under 20,000 miles.  Then they took off another $100 when I asked for some floor mats.

Today we had to go back to futz around with the technology system, having accounts transferred from the previous owners, and having trial period set up for us.  But it’s all finished and we love the car.  It’s bigger, comfortable and probably won’t break down on our trip.


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