As I mentioned earlier, we picked up Helen's new car a week Friday.
Helen did the lion's share of the research for her car, but did come to me for advice several times. Our mechanic told us that the value (quality/features vs price) of the Korean manufacturers had increased greatly in the last few years, and friends that I respect have recently purchase a Tucson and a Genesis. My parents purchased a Sonata a year ago and were very happy.
Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai and Kia were on our short list, and the specific cars I had wanted Helen to consider were the Cruze, the Focus, the Elantra and the Rondo. We had discounted other cars from previous car searches as not suiting us well.
There can be so many factors affecting the purchase of a car, a few of which are not related to the car at all. We were looking for a car to replace the utility of our Golf. Comfort, safety, reliability, mileage, practicality, and cost of ownership were our major factors, with "fun factor" being important to Helen.
It was while we were driving to the Hyundai dealership, that I told her that if we were considering Hyundai, we should also consider KIA. I was thinking about that fairly economical and practical people mover, the Rondo.
As soon as I said KIA, my wife said SOOOOUULLL! I looked at her, and told her that choices should be made on the basis of sound comparison.
I had to work on the weekend, and Helen took Alec went to Barrie to run some errands and decided to re-visit a couple of dealerships. Alec was upset that our Golf was dead. He did not want to buy a car. She decided to visit Volkswagen, Hyundai, Chevrolet and KIA. Our driving patterns have changed dramatically and the need for a diesel was much less intense than previously. She was impressed with the Jetta, again, not really impressed with the Cruze, could have settled for a Elantra, but ended up at Bay City KIA in Barrie.
She was met by a lady who asked her to take a seat and someone would be with her shortly.
Patrick met Helen and was anything but "pushy". I guess it helped that they had a car very close to what Helen really wanted in stock, but it was more than that. He made her feel comfortable. As soon as Alec saw the Lava Soul, Alec yelled "Buy it Mommy"... there went our negotiating strength ;-) We picked up Helen's new car a week friday and she is still very happy, confident she made a good choice.
I want to give a shout out to Bay City KIA and specifically to Patrick O'Neill, the Sales Consultant for all their help.
Helen's choice, a Lava Soul 4U.
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage