Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Making a Deal...

I mentioned that we went "shopping" while on our "leaf looking" trip.

My in-laws have had a "family" vehicle for several years now, so that as many of us that can fit, can ride together sometimes.... we take it to Gator games, family trips, and basically any time we all want something big enough to ride together in. Our family is pretty big and for the past couple years it's been evident that we've outgrown the Tahoe.... Honestly, there isn't any vehicle that would have room for ALL of us, but we definitely needed something bigger, if we were going to keep trying to fit in one car. Back before I was part of the family, they had a Suburban that was used for this purpose, and the boys (and girls) have been hinting to my father-in-law that it was time to get another one! He must have agreed, because for the past few weeks, we've been searching high and low for one that met all the "requirements" that we needed... DW found one in Roswell (outside of Atlanta) and both his Dad and him had called and talked to the salesman about it. The boys all made their plan and Pappy gave us the "go-ahead" to go check it out.


Devin, me, Belle, Adam & Lauren set out for the outskirts of Atlanta on Friday morning. After a quick lunch, we found ourselves at Carl Black GMC.

When we pulled in, it was still drizzling rain and we circled the lot looking for the black Suburban that we'd called about. We didn't see it, at first. As we made one last loop around the parking lot, Adam saw the top of a black suburban parked on the side of the building. We drove around back to see if that was the one we'd come to check out. It was. Problem was, that it had a big red sign hanging from the mirror that said, "SOLD"... At first, our hearts sank...we'd driven an hour and they sold it before we could get there...then we got to thinking that perhaps the boys down at Carl Black might have put their "horse before their carriage" and ASSUMED (you know what assuming does....) we were buying it.

We decided we'd go find Bob, the salesman who was expecting us. Of course, Bob was with another customer. We got Keffrey. Yes, that's "Jeffrey with a "K"..." DW told Kef that we were there to look at the black suburban that he'd seen on-line and called about, but that there was a "SOLD" sign in the window. To which Keffrey replied, "well, that car's sold, sold to Mr. W.... are you Mr. W.??" We were taken back for a minute thinking that maybe my F-I-L had already called and made the deal over the phone...then Keffrey kind of laughed, and said he'd go pull it around. Adam didn't say much, and Lauren and I said NOT ONE WORD... We'd already been warned not to act like we liked it. We're lucky we even got to tag along--- DW's Daddy had already told the boys not to let us girls go in there and act like we had to have it or we wouldn't ever be able to get a good deal...ha! Let me just say it wasn't US that kept that from happening.


As we checked it out, Kef took DW's information and got us ready to take it for a drive. We drove it and it was great... it was exactly what we were looking for, but the sticker price was a little higher than we thought was a fair price... And when I say "we", ya'll know I mean the men because I don't know anything about any of it... Totally not my department... Now when they started asking what color we wanted and if we wanted leather seats and this and that, well, that's more of the department where I can contribute!


After our test drive, we got out and DW was like Monty Hall... he was ready to make a deal....


I felt good about the whole deal and saw it as a good sign that on the Carl Black business cards and license plates there was a big cow head and on one side of the dealership Carl actually had horse trailers for sale.... I mean come on, if you can't count on a cow-man to give you a good deal, WHO can you count on?!?!

If you know DW, you know he's all about a deal. He is for sure a saver, not a spender. That's why we complement each other so well... you know what they say, opposites attract... ha...Don't get me wrong, he will throw down some money in a heartbeat if it's something that he feels is worth it. (Only after doing some research on the "item" and seeing where he could get the best price, of course!).... But don't go trying to get him to pay more for something than it's worth. It's just not going to happen....especially when he's making the deal with someone else's money...

When we got back, Keffrey met us girls at the back and targeted us... He knew all the tricks... ask the wives, then they'll talk the husbands into it! Poor guy, he didn't stand a chance when it came to our crew. He didn't know who he was dealing with...He immediately asked Lauren if she liked it... she acted like she didn't hear him. I'm telling yall, we'd been warned to keep quiet! Ha...

We went inside to let them get down to business. Lauren, Adam, Annabelle, and I watched from the sidelines as DW played the game on his own. The conversation looked friendly at first, and I was worried he was being "too nice"... Adam kept saying, "we gotta have walk away power"... and he assured us that Devin wasn't being too nice and that he certainly isn't one to back down easily... ANYWAY... After what felt like 2 hours, and 3 different "managers" later, the deal still hadn't been made. It wasn't long and Devin got up, came over to us, and told us we were leaving. Yep, we'd pulled out the walk-away power....

We walked outside and got in the car... As we were getting in, Keffrey comes out to see what he could do to make the "deal happen"... Devin told him he'd have to waive some fee and then that would only be a starting point...

He went inside to talk to his peeps and we sat outside talking amongst ourselves. That's when DW said that they weren't budging on price, but that they had offered to give him a free hat. Um, okay. Seriously? What a joke. Keffrey returned to the car to tell us that they could come down $100.00 on the price. We felt like laughing in his face. $100?!?!? As Adam said, we spent that in gas driving over to see the thing!" Kef explained that it was an "Internet price and they just couldn't go any lower than that." To which Devin rebuttals, "NOBODY comes into a car dealership and is okay with paying the price that's on the sticker... everyone wants to feel like they're getting a good deal..." they go back and forth for a few minutes and that's when Devin throws down the hammer on ole Keffrey and yall, I promise, this is what he said: (and I am writing this out, because it made me laugh so hard that I don't ever want to forget it....)

"Keffrey, I might pay sticker price for paper towels and toilet paper, but you just don't pay that for a car and the fact that yall aren't even willing to come down on this price and even make a good faith effort is insulting.... so you go back in there and tell your bossman good luck at the auction when he has to take that Suburban to sell it there, and you tell him he better pack some snacks, because he's going to be a while if he's waiting on that price."

OH. MY. GOSH. "Sticker price for toilet paper and paper towels"?!?!? And then "take some snacks cause you're gonna be there a while"?!?! I have no idea where that came from, but we after we'd left, we laughed so hard about it and it was the coined phrase for the rest of the weekend... Needless to say, we didn't get a Suburban in Georgia.

The salesman did call my Father-in-law that afternoon though, to tell him that he wouldn't find a deal better than that anywhere. Well, we sure did!!!! And that's NO BULL, Carl Black!

I guess we all learned a lesson... ours was don't trust that somebody's going to give you a good, fair deal if they have a horse trailer for sale and a cow head on thier sign... And I think the boys at Carl Black learned a lesson, too.... not to be "counting their chickens before they hatch" and not to put "SOLD" stickers on cars that aren't yet sold! And now I realize how redneck all of this sounds... That makes me laugh...


When we got home, the guys had a couple others they'd been calling on and checking out on line. Devin's Dad called about one that sounded good and so Monday afternoon we took a little trip to check it out. It wasn't the color we'd wanted, but it was everything else, so it was worth looking at... DW wanted some of us women to go so that we could help make the call about the color. He said he knew they'd never hear the end of it, if just him and his Daddy came home with it without some input from the girls. Ha...

We weren't really sure what color it was when we first saw it. It was just getting dark when we got to the dealership and it looked kind of blue, but as you walked around it, it turned kind of green. Sort of like a bass boat, or a custom chamelon paint job. Nah, I'm only kidding... it wasn't that different...but it was a little out of our comfort zone... especially since we'd had our minds set on a black one.

We debated and debated and decided that it had everything else on the list of "must haves" and that the price was right, so we could learn to love the color. On Tuesday we thought we'd get to see the true color in the sunlight... only the sun didn't come out all day. So we're still not really sure what color it is... ha... The factory name of it is, "Bermuda Blue".... and the best way to describe it is blue-green.


We drove it home on Monday night, so it has already been christened by our driveway, and the "Bermuda Blue" is more of a "BerMOOda Blue" (emphasis on the MOO)...

I got out the gator magnets to see how they look against the color, and I think it works...
We've all decided that the color is different and now we really like it....best of all, we've got something with a lot more room and that's super exciting! Our first family outing will be this weekend to Jacksonville for the FL-GA game.

We're counting on as many fun times in the "Blue Moo" as we had in the Tahoe... and we're also not wanting to spend any more time at a car dealership for a LONG time!!!

~amw~

5 comments:

Tania said...

Okay, so I have sat here and laughed about the car buying experience you all had on your "leaf looking" trip. I love that DW stood up to the salesguy with his nice quote about paying sticker price for paper towels. I'll have to remember that the next time we start to buy another car. Which will not be any time soon.
Have fun at the game!

Stephanie and Adam said...

Annie- This had me laughing out loud- literally! I'm glad you all were able to find something in the end and I really like that color :) Hope you guys have fun at the game!

Janie said...

OMG I am literally laughing so hard here! This is hilarious! I think what makes me laugh even harder is KNOWING that the same thing would happen to us!! I don't know about the toilet paper/paper towel comment (lol) but definitly the whole thing is too funny! I love it! Ya'll have a great time at the game and drive safely in the Blue Moo! LOL!!!

Kristy L. Morrison said...

Guess I should have read your blog before offering my Yukon up! Now we will have matching buses when we come down!

Immeasurably More Mama said...

OK. I'm doing some backtracking here on your blog and this post cracked me up! I LOVE what DW told ole Kef!!! H always does the wheelin' and dealin' in our family...he even goes along with his mama when she buys a new car. It is quite a sight to watch him with car dealers! I'll never forget when I went with him to buy our minivan and he told me we had to walk away...I about died and thought we would never get what I wanted after he pulled that stunt...I was wrong. :) I'm hoping our next purchase will be something like a Tahoe or Suburban but hopefully we won't have any run-ins with ole Kefferey!!!