Robb and I spent the weekend test-driving used cars. Or more accurately, I drove a lot of cars while asking Robb to repeat the comparative prices and mileages of all the cars we were considering.
Robb is a saint.
We're trying to buy from no-haggle dealers, because I loathe, detest, freaking ha-a-a-a-ate used car dealers. I hate the whole bogus negotiating. I honestly don't understand why they bother with the whole charade. Nobody in their right mind could possibly believe that the buyer has any power to influence the selling price of a car sold by a dealer. So why do we go through the ridiculous ritual of pretending the arrive at a price? The dealers are in total control, so why do we pretend otherwise?
Lynne turned me on to the Buggy Bank, and we also looked at a lot of cars at Autometrics. If anyone knows of any other no-haggle options in the greater Bay Area, I'd sure like to hear about it. We're willing to do a bit of work, to get a decent used car. Has anyone bought from a rental car company, like Hertz?
I'm more than a little bit in love with the 2004 VW Passat wagon that I drove, but Robb's research on this particular car leads us to believe that it's like a bad, bad boyfriend. So attractive, so much fun when everything is going well. Such total pain all the rest of the time. I'm trying to tell myself that I know better, and that I'm past that stage in my life. But, oh, those bad boyfriends can addle a girl's brain.