Recently I found myself facing an unpleasant prospect: I had to buy a car.
Yes, our family was in need of a new-to-us car.
I don’t know about you, but the whole car buying scene makes me uncomfortable. There are 8 million articles on the internet about how to do it, but in the end you just have to suck it up and try your best with salespeople, trade-ins, sticker prices, “True Market Value”, bells and whistles, financing, and so on.
I started 6 weeks ago and still cringe every time I think of the salesman who called me, “The Wife.”
As in: “Well, what does The Wife want?” and “We want to take care of The Wife.”
Needless to say I did not buy a car from this salesman. Shocking, right?
As I thought about, and went through, the process of buying a car, I decided there were many, many things I’d rather be doing than buying one.
I’ve culled the list down to my Top 10 and present here the 10 Things I’d Rather Do Than Buy a Car:
- Change a diaper blow-out. In a public restroom. When I’m out of baby wipes and a spare outfit.
- Climb Mt. Everest.
- Train to climb Mt. Everest.
- Go to PTA meetings for both of my kids’ schools.
- “Reply All” to a group email or text about who is bringing what type of snack to the next soccer practice.
- Chaperone another overnight middle school field trip.
- De-lice my kids.
- Scoop the cat box with my bare hands.
- Go bathing suit shopping.
- Binge watch episodes of Caillou.
Gratefully, I’m happy to report that the car buying process is complete. With luck, routine maintenance, and a lot of on-time car payments, I shouldn’t have to buy a car in the near future. Knock on wood!
How do you feel about the car buying process? Or is there something you dread doing, like exercising or spring cleaning, but you just have to do it anyway?