Monday, January 23, 2006

From X-Type to Xterra

Subject: Musings
Well, after a long week of some of the wierdest email exchanges with a car dealership I've ever had, I finally managed to get a decent deal on a leftover 2005 Nissan Xterra. AND... I managed to get what I wanted for my little baby Jag as a trade-in.

I love my little baby Jag, but after I got stuck in the snow last year, and with a bunch of stuff I need to haul around to finish updating the other rooms in my house, I decided I needed some better ground clearance and better cargo capacity. I'm also not commuting 40 miles each way to work anymore, and frankly, driving a Jag can be a little embarrasing. Since I live on a dirt road, it's usually rather muddy. I keep feeling that I need to "dress up" just to ride in it to the store. And heck, it's kind of a snooty image to be projecting, and I'm not a snooty guy. The Xterra is rather utilitarian, but still pretty cool, so I think it'll be a better fit for what I want to do for the next couple of hundered thousand miles.

Contingent on the final paperwork (and the dealer not trying to pull a fast one with useless fees), I should close the deal tommorow and hopefully drive my new "X" home. Just in time for the snowstorm that's going to hit.

UPDATE: Looks like I might have jinxed it, go figure. The paperwork he faxed me had the original price, not my counteroffer price that I thought he agreed to. And he added one BS $100 "Wax & Polish" fee. *Sigh* So I replied to him that it's either my counteroffer or we're done. I'll see what he comes back with.

FINAL UPDATE: Can you say "bait and switch"? I'm too exhausted to relate the whole story again, and I think I just want to write it off as a waste of time before I get angry about having my intelligence insulted. Anyway, "Experiment....... Failed."

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