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OUR DAY IN LOTS OF PICTURES
14 May 2013
If I had known how our day was going to go, I would have remembered the camera, but at least I had the cell phone camera. I thought we were just going to look at a few cars, with the idea in mind of what kind of car we wanted to buy. Walt is the kind of guy who will shop in 3 different stores to get the best price on a used book, if possible, and then worry that he spent too much.
We had an appointment to meet a guy named Fred at the Honda dealership, where we got our present car 15 years ago, at 10 a.m. and we were a little early, so I settled in with a cup of coffee and Walt wandered around.
Eventually Fred came in and asked a couple of questions about what color car we were looking for and what model. Walt said we had liked our Accord and he thought we'd like a light color rather than a darker color. I added "Not champagne" since we've been driving a champagne car for 15 years and I was ready for a change.
He took us outside to show us a 2013 silver Honda Accord.
Walt was definitely intrigued, so we went back into Fred's office where he started taking down information. This being Davis, when he found out I was a theater critic, he mentioned a friend of his who performs with a local theater group and asked if I knew him. I knew his name.
Walt liked the 2013 model because this year Honda has added the reverse camera, so common on the Prius and that was the main attraction of a new vs "previously owned" car. Eventually, after they offered us a $375 trade-in on our old car (the one with the "tired motor" and nearly 300,000 miles) and we closed the deal and when I posted this picture to Facebook, I heard from two people, both of whom knew Fred and said he was a nice guy -- we hadn't even signed the contract yet.
Next we met with Natalie, who is very cute, mother of 4, and such a good salesperson she sold us the "platinum" package of coverage. She was unimpressed with our mere 300,000 miles and told us about a customer whose car went over a million miles (he was given a watch and a letter of congratulations by Honda).
We signed lots and lots of papers.
...including one which was very, very long.
Eventually, with handshakes all around and a nice fat debt in our pocket, we met Fred in the car again and he gave us a lesson on all the goodies.
It all looked very exciting.
Then we transferred everything from the old car to the new car..
And in a mere 3 hours, we were back on the road, very much less rich
for the experience, but a lovely new car that, when I tried all the fun things Fred showed
us, I realized I needed a PhD in order to figure out. My new hobby--learning how to
turn on the radio in my new car.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
We went out to lunch when it was all over, to celebrate
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