Chris' Corner: Helen's new car =)

Helen's new car =)

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. 
Bay City KIA
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.

Patrick O'Neill

I want to give a shout out to Bay City KIA and specifically to Patrick O'Neill, the Sales Consultant for all their help.

Kia Soul

Helen's choice, a Lava Soul 4U.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsChris Smith • July 26 2011 11:35AM

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That's a very nice looking car Chris, and you can't argue with Kia's safety ratings over the last few years, they have made huge strides in that department. Good choice. Hmmm, and it doesn't sound like Alec is ready for poker just yet.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm, I dropped by Monday, but Helen (and Alec) had picked the dealer, the car and pretty well negotiated the price on their own.  I have been teaching Alec relative hand strengths and basic odds, but he doesn't have his "poker face" down yet ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Valerie, the car is surprisingly roomy inside and ranks high in safety, but more important to Alec and Helen, looks cool to them ;-)

... and yes, we have to work on Alec's poker face =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Great story Chris, I can relate. My wife just purchased a new car last week and our daughter wasn't much help in negotiations either but hey happy wife, happy life :-)

Posted by Harry Smith Jr., Realtor, Southeastern Michigan Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty Northville Market Center ) almost 9 years ago

Chris - it is a very cute car and their recent advertising for it is very very good.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris - I know that Helen will enjoy driving her new gorgeous car very much.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Chris,

That's a great looking car and it has a very strong warranty. So, it should last for years.

All the best to Helen in her new car, and of course Alec and you too.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Good morning, Chris. I have several friends that own Kia's and swear by them. I hope you enjoy your new vehicle... 

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) almost 9 years ago

Harry, you must be wiser than me, it took me many years to realize "happy wife, happy life" ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Kathy, Helen loved it, and I couldn't find a car that did more to meet our overall objectives

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Marc, she has let me drive it twice so far.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Brian, KIA actually has a very good warranty.  They have opened my eyes.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Michael, I have jokingly offered Helen my Passat in favour of her Soul, but she just laughed at me.  Could it be the 345 watt Harmon Kardon stereo with a subwoofer and satellite radio?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

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