Monthly Archives: May 2011

Car buying is annoying.

Recently, the lease on my trusty Passat ran out.  I tried hard to get another VW, but it didn’t pan out.  There’s no 2011 Passat (new for 2012), couldn’t get to the payment I wanted on a Jetta Sportwagen, and I wasn’t very excited by the new Jetta sedan (not up to snuff if you’re a previous VW owner.)   I was pretty surprised that they didn’t try to fight a little harder for a long time v-dub fan.   Oh well, too bad.

After agonizing and getting burned out on the whole shopping and buying process, I decided to check out a Mazda3.  After looking at my driving habits after having a kid, I realized that I hardly drive; basically just the 6 miles and back to work during the week.  We mostly take the Mrs’ wheels on the weekends.  So, I really didn’t need anything fancy.

So, the advertised deal was sign and drive, $199 for a Mazda 3i sport.  Before testing driving, I made the sales guy a work sheet that had the Mazda 3 sedan and wagon, and 2 different down payments and said that’s what I want.  He came back and the payments were quite a bit different than advertised.

I asked why so different and he said that the Mazda 3 in the add is very basic model and the quote was for a car costing more.  The only option that I asked for automatic transmission.  The best they could do was $1000 down, $229/ mo.  I said let me drive it and I’ll think about it.  It was pretty basic, didn’t even have cruise control.

While driving, I remembered that in the same ad, they were offering the Mazda6 for $239, sign and drive.   Wait a second, why I would I pay for that kinda money for a 3, when the 6 ends up costing less?  I asked the salesman, and in a heartbeat he agreed that the 6 made more sense.  Like he’d say anything different.

So, next he warned me that the offer in the paper was for a single car (there’s a VIN right in the ad) and that the car may already be gone (likely since it was the last day of the month) but he’d try to get me a similar deal on a different car.  So, we went through the lot and found one similar specs to the advertised model and a sticker price that was the same.

I drove it, and it was definitely a step up from the 3.  It wasn’t anything fancy, but comfortable enough.

Getting back to business, I was expecting that I’d be somewhere in the neighborhood of the advertised price, but again, not even close.  They wanted $1000 down to get to advertised monthly.  I probably should have just walked at that point.  But, being a glutton for punishment and pretty much sick of the car buying process I took it.

Now, on to the part that’s probably false advertising.  When I saw the Mazda ad that got in me, I wasn’t really watching the similar ads from the previous couple of weeks.  After getting my car, I looked a little more closely at the ads the 3 weeks after.  The ad and offer are pretty much the same (the layout changed a bit), and the same VIN number is listed for the Mazda6.  Yeah, the same VIN that probably sold months ago and doesn’t anyone any good now.

I was gonna call up my dealer and complain, but I doubt it’d do any good.  They’re excuse is that they had the car when they ordered the ad and because of print lead time there’s a lot of lag.  Oh, yeah?  You don’t tell people that you don’t have the car when they first come in, do ya?  Also, this practice seems to be pretty much industry standard.  Many of the other ads in the newspaper list a VIN number for similar reasons.

Ok, rant complete.  Making sure to add this to the file for next time, where I’ll walk out as soon as they say that can’t give me their advertised deal.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-29

  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Pink Floyd (31), Beastie Boys (30) & Johnny Cash (16) #tweeklyfm http://bit.ly/dOtiLV #
  • Crazy busy weekend. Spent. Ready to head back to work for relative quiet. #
  • getting caught up on a few things before the wee one awakens. #
  • Over 25 percent of the performers from Wrestlemania VII have died – Y! Sports Blogs – Yahoo! Sports http://yhoo.it/jV4xfi #
  • making life a little nicer with greasemonkey. after seeing how easy it is, I'm tempted to 'fix' some other sites that annoy me. #
  • Look What Happens When You Drop an iPad 2 http://bit.ly/kmzE9T #
  • did I say may 21? shoot, I meant october 21. http://yhoo.it/mQ0Xta #
  • Hoping to squeeze in long overdue haircut… #
  • jilly bean still flying high after her new nebulizer meds. me slightly buzzed as well after delivery. #
  • for fun, try to nebulize an overtired toddler. kinda like giving redbull to a drunk. #
  • Fios outage? That's never happened before… hmm. #
  • Storm knocks out Verizon FiOS, High Speed Internet in Syracuse area http://bit.ly/mDcHDn #
  • Not-A-Kludge: Bike Repair Station – There, I Fixed It http://chzb.gr/kFURut #
  • Xperia Play – the playstation phone http://bit.ly/ldaB1m interesting #
  • got out and mowed the mud that used to be the lawn. should be out raking, but goofing off on the interwebs. #
  • Thankfully, I have 2011 mazda6 http://bit.ly/ikIhdz #
  • how did I not know about File > Export in iPhoto? makes getting prints about a zillion times easier… #
  • scrub through your photos, retouch, flag the keepers, then export them and upload to your favorite print service. nice! #
  • Out walking with the jingles again. Kinda hot but there's a nice breeze. #
  • Just walked past some one weed whacking in their yard and belting out some show tunes. I should try that. #
  • Somebody is following me… http://picplz.com/x14k #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-22

  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Paul Simon (37), The Black Keys (22) & Michael Jackson (18) #tweeklyfm http://bit.ly/dOtiLV #
  • turns out if you curse long and loud enough, you can port foward mysql connection to a virtualbox virtual machine. #
  • Das Keyboard: The mechanical keyboard that clicks http://bit.ly/lJOwBX #
  • turns out nfs is the most straight forward way to share from osx to a virtualbox vm. #
  • with some fiddling nfs isn't too hard to set up on osx side. nfs in ubuntu is cake except for having to get uid/gid to line up. #
  • I ended up just creating a new user on the command line. couldn't seem to get usermod -g [id] name to work. #
  • Good bye my trusty passat. Gonna miss ya. Well, at least your fine turbo. #
  • ouch. sick kid, again. sick daddy, again. up most of the night, again. dr visits to ensue. #
  • oh goodie, the doc says more nebulizer treatments for the wee one. #
  • on the brighter side, she was breathing a lot better after the in office treatment. #
  • messing around the intranets when I should be trying to recover lost sleep from last night. #
  • Lawd always a zillion folks in line when I hit the pharmacy #
  • argh. nurse at jb's dr. forgot to tell me that I need to schedule chest x-ray for wee one. normally, they call imaging center for you #
  • and imaging center calls you back to schedule something. #
  • of course, they called me back after business hours. so, had to go for xray at hospital. #
  • on the bright side, I've never been in and out of a hospital in 25 minutes before. can I get that service every time? #
  • there goes the peace and quiet. wee one awakes from her nap by kicking the changing table. bang bang bang. #
  • nice walk with the jingles. think being outside for a bit does her good. #
  • well, we're not toast yet. was that 6pm EST? #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-15

  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Roger Waters (39), Rob Zombie (24) & Paul Simon (20) #tweeklyfm http://bit.ly/dOtiLV #
  • Spent from a crazy busy weekend. Great visit from the fam for mothers day. The jingles loved all the attention. #
  • is tweeting from the me menu in ubuntu working again? #
  • tweeting works! but default text still doesn't clear automatically as it should. #
  • oh crap. microsoft bought skype. guess I'm glad I bought a copy of Facetime for mac. #
  • great walk with the jingles in the backpack. the ear pulling was kept to a minimum. #
  • Pomplamoose covers the Angry Birds theme http://aol.it/izr7pb #
  • RT @thinkgeek: Start your day off right with Bacon Starry Night: http://j.mp/jLXuaL It's exactly what you'd expect–and yet so much more. #
  • command line tweeting with ttytter. #
  • maybe I can wire it up with gnome-do. slick! #
  • just optimized a process that had over 20,000 pointless queries. #
  • should really make a dent in home projects, but not in the mood. time for a beverage and some mythbusters. #
  • nice 5 miler this morning. will likely be sore later. been missing the running and listening to podcasts #
  • amazing how dirty car gets sitting in the driveway. washed on saturday; had to wash the car again for lease inspection today. #
  • working from home. nice to hear birds chirping outside the window instead of OSHA backup alarms and jackhammers. #
  • lease inspection guy on the scene. #
  • mercy, he's thorough. in and out of the car like 20 times. took about 50 pictures. don't think last guy did all that. #
  • So car to be returned for lease end needs service before they'll take it. Likely to be a warranty repair… #
  • But earliest available appointment for repair is a week out. #whendoesitstophurting #
  • passed on the run this morning. after an incredibly busy day yesterday, don't wanna get burned out. #
  • try to find minced garlic in a jar at wegmans dewitt, I double dare you. #
  • the wee one can't be pleased today. think some new teeth might be working in. #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-08

  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Emmylou Harris (30), Stevie Wonder (28) & Amos Lee (25) #tweeklyfm http://bit.ly/dOtiLV #
  • wee one in nappy land. fairly uneventful morning. let's see if I can make a dent in some paper work. #
  • oh fun, digging out service records for the about to be returned car. don't know if its cool or sad that I keep all that junk. #
  • time to make the donuts, then bail a little early to fetch the new wheels. #
  • fixing to having a psychotic incident if the OSHA back up alarms outside my work incident don't stop soon. #
  • mercy. 90 minutes to take delivery of new wheels. most spent waiting for new insurance cards. never had that wait before… #
  • oh yeah, network fun at the offsite server tonight. #smashMyPhone #
  • think its also dolphy day at lemoyne. rumblings from campus, but no fireworks yet. #
  • worst marketing line ever. http://bit.ly/l1an2s #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-01

  • wow 20+ minute temper tantrum. help, please. #
  • after listening to the new Paul Simon album, I know he was a pretty big influence on Jack Johnson #
  • My Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Pink Floyd (18), Amos Lee (13) & Paul Simon (10) #tweeklyfm http://bit.ly/dOtiLV #
  • mercy. challenging day. having a sick kid is 10x worse than me being at death's door last week. #
  • rough night. early wake up to sick kid. gonna be another day of tests. #
  • all in one gestures plugin for firefox finally updated for 4.0! woo-hoo! now I can update firefox! #
  • that was a for serious t-storm earlier. wind, downpour, quarter sized hail. half expect roof to blow off. no such luck. #
  • frazzled by a sick kid that doesn't wanna eat at all and just take a few sips of gatorade here and there. #
  • How To Get out of Auto and Into Manual http://bit.ly/dSKguu #
  • wtf? why is trying to get a new car so damn annoying? hang on, let me go ask the manager. #
  • btw 2011 jetta not as nice as our 2006 jetta. looks pretty, but cheap cheap cheap on the inside. #
  • Great nothern pizza for quick dinner, then round 2 of car shopping. Fun. #
  • Wasting a nice day killing time at another car dealer. #
  • Been here 30 minutes and I think I've heard the same phil collins song on muzak again already #
  • At least I'm getting quality time to catch up on twitter. #brightside #
  • Car pricing is silly. Mazda6 lease is a lot less than a mazda3? Can someone make this process more sane, please? #
  • Btw I didn't know it was still possible to get are car without cruise control? #
  • Sorry the lease deal in the paper was for a specific car. We sold it. Will try to get you the same deal on the identical one you picked.. #
  • exiting the dub club. zoom zoom, mazda6. seems to be missing one of the zooms though. #