You may remember that in the beginning of January I was approved by the finance committee hear and de-I World Headquarters for the purchase of a new vehicle. And you may have said to yourself, what happened? It's been almost two months. Hasn't he bought a car yet?
I'm not a car person. I don't lust after this kind or that kind or get all excited about them. However, I do like a particular kind of vehicle namely a nice performing Euro type vehicle with a standard transmission. I've had in the past an Audi Fox and two Volvo 740 turbos back in the day. And I prefer standard transmissions overall with 5 of the 8 cars I've owned in my life having them. As I am finishing up the 13 year stint with my current Dodge Durango, I am determined to get what I really want this time. As my criteria includes Euro performance, standard transmission, modest price, and a smallish SUV/crossover design (my old knees no longer like the low auto body style), my auto loving friends could only come up with one vehicle that would fit, a Volkswagen Tiguan.
Just my luck in a world where auto dealers are working like hell to move vehicles, I've picked one that is in very short supply in the US. Three weeks ago I finally went down to a dealer. They told me the only way I would get one is for them to find it somewhere at another dealer in the country. I asked if I should just order a new one to be built and they said no, no that would take you at least 6 months to get. They do there usual leave you in the waiting area while they talk to the 'sales manager' and finally come back and say they found one. I ask where it is and the sales guy doesn't know and I don't press the issue. We conclude the paper work.
Three weeks later I haven't heard a word. I go to the dealership and see the sales manager (as my sales guy has disappeared). I find out the car is being built in Germany. It's on the production schedule but they won't find out any news until March 19! To be honest, I'm not in that big a hurray to get the car. It just means a car payment that we haven't had for a long time. I'm just pissed that I wasn't given honest information in the first place.