For the past three years I have been driving my beloved Acura TL. I got the car soon after beginning work at FTI. Since I was living at home I had no other expenses at the time and decided that I just had to have a new car. The TL was my first brand new car ever. I fell in love with it after driving it and could not wait to make it mine. So after much consideration and help from The Runald I decided that I would lease the car for 3 1/2 years. I knew that I would keep the car so the lease didn't really bother me. Well, my lease would have been up this coming Dec. I knew I had a decision to make if I was going to keep the car or turn it in. Well, I decided that I would trade it in for a new car. The TL had more miles than I wanted to have on a car so I decided the best thing to do would be to get rid of it.
Last week, I began researching and exploring to see what all of my options would be. I first went back to Acura to see what they would be willing to do to help me out. They were more than happy to work with me but they weren't willing to work with me enough to get my payments where I wanted them. So I began to look at other makes & models. I ended up venturing in to a VW Dealership right down the road from me. The salesman was very nice, attentive, patient, and wanted to do whatever it took to make me happy. I test drove several different cars. Since I have only driven a Japanese car test driving a German car was much different. I wasn't completely blown away by anything though. The salesman and his manager promised me they would continue to look and find the perfect car for me.
They both came through on their promise. Sat. morning I received a call that they had something that I just had to see and they knew it was the car for me. I went straight to the dealership, took one look at the car, drove it, and told them they were exactly right. So we began the negotiating process. I had already been very clear what I wanted and they were good in working with me. So once we went back and forth on a few things they had the right number. So I called The Runald explained it all to him. He did a little talking to the guys himself. He just wanted to be sure they weren't screwing me over :) Next thing I know I am signing the papers to a '06 VW Passat that is fully loaded. I really love the car a lot. It is really a lot of fun to drive.
So in the last two months I have moved to Atlanta and bought a new car all by myself (something I've never ever done before). It was such a great experience for me and I am so glad that I went through with it. Now I wonder what will be the next new experience I will have. This isn't my actual car but it looks just like this...