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Friday, March 05, 2004

It's all about the Benjamins...

So, last night didn't go as well as I would have hoped. Have a mentioned before I'm not a patient person? Well I'm not, with the exception of children. I cannot stand when I have to wait too long for things and I never like to leave things left to chance. Alas, this is what I will be doing for God knows how long.

I walk into the dealership and right off the bat the ad in the paper that advertised leasing for $183/month? Yea, that quickly changed to $250/month. Why? Because some clown printed the wrong information.

Tell me how this is my problem?! You printed it, now honor it. At least that's the way I saw it. It's not that cut and dry, no matter how hard I tried. So, they bring me a copy of the revised ad and I see a different car which I thought would be more, for only $130/month. I'm basically jumping for joy at this point until I learn that this is the base model and the 4wd will cost about $40 more a month. Ahh, no biggie, I can handle $170-$180/month. Heck, I'm paying $330/month now. So I'll be saving money right? Wrong. I forgot about a little thing I like to call one of the worst decisions of my life a.k.a "negative equity". But since I forgot my account number for my Grand Am I have now, I couldn't call and get my pay-off to see just how much money I'd be rolling into the lease. Oy.

So, I tagged a vehicle anyways, (I'm in no way bound to purchase) and I wait until they call me and give me some numbers.

I'll probably end up paying what I am now, but do I:

1. Keep my Grand Am who's warranty is up soon and take my chances on the next 3 years and 9 months, (at which point my negative equity will be gone) or,

2. Get a new vehicle and pay what I'm paying now, with a new warranty, feeling safer, extend the lease to 48 months (also at which point my negative equity will be gone)

Basically, if I know me, which I think I do (??), then I won't leave well enough alone and I'll get myself into a lease one way or another. It's all a waiting game now to see how long it takes them to find the one I want.

Although Aaron's rooting for the green Pinto apparently.

T.G.I.F. Have a wonderful, stress free weekend!


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