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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Positively Pushy

 by Mauverneen

I took my car in for an oil change and almost brought home a new car. Almost.

There's nothing to do but wait while the oil gets changed, so I wandered around the showroom. Not really looking at anything, just passing time. When the salesman first approached me and asked what I was looking for, I told him. Nothing. I'm just waiting for an oil change. Well, persistence was his middle name. He wanted me to sit at his desk - I stood. 

He moved from one topic to another and eventually, he went out to check the miles on my car as I really had no idea, except it was low. Don't forget - for about two years I hardly pulled it out of the garage except to go for groceries. Covid - remember? He ended up running the numbers for me and I could see it was a good deal. I even haggled. Except I don't really want a new car. Or do I? 

My car even wore a mask!

He was honest with me about one thing - the dealers are having a hard time getting new cars. The lot was practically empty. A good used car will sell quickly. But I still didn't sit down. In the end I took the quote home with me and promised to think about it. I'm still thinking. 

I'm happy with my car. It's five years old, and has low miles. Sure, a new car is tempting, but five more years of payments? I have about five months left on this one. New is nice, but there are still pros and cons. I'm sure that salesman makes lots of sales with his persistence. But I wonder if his customers are happy or do a lot of them have buyers remorse? 

After I left the dealership I stopped at a furniture store. I'm looking around for a chair to watch tv in. I'm trying to replace one I absolutely despise and is waaaay older than my car. The saleswoman was waiting at the door. She followed me around like she expected me to slip a recliner into my purse. 

I went home with nothing new except the oil in my car. I really don't like pushy.

My dog likes the chair - it is comfy, but there's not room for both of us!

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  1. I was a furniture salesman for 6 months at an Oakbrook Mall store. Soft sell is the way to go.

  2. Yep. Pushy Salespeople only PUSH the potential buyer away.