Shopping Victories – Truck Shopping

Yes. I’ve decided this is a series. Shopping Victories.

Too Big

Too Big

Ok. So I had to wait on the new jeans. I had to buy a car instead.

My  purchase was a small pickup truck, the third one I’ve owned. I feel safer, bigger and badder in a truck. People treat you differently on the road. When I drove my Nissan minivan I could almost hear mutters of other drivers as they passed me. “There goes some pokey woman in a mini-van.” Little did they know my van had a V6 and could go from zero to sixty JLT (just like that).

My stalwart mini-van lasted 160,000 miles.  It had the best sound system ever. It was comfortable.  But, after 14 years of faithful service, it became unsafe to drive so, on the advice of my mechanic – “Nancy, get rid of that van TOmorrow!!” – I did just that.

Too Small

Too Small

I checked the web, found three dealers within sixty miles and started calling. One gentleman found the exact truck I was looking for, the only one in the entire state with wheels-on-the ground, and sent me an email. I used the email to bargain with a local car dealer.   Holding my crumpled email in front of me like a shield, I stormed the castle of the American Dream…well, not really.

The internet has changed everything about buying a car. No longer are customers at the mercy of predatory salesmen. You just walk in, show ’em the paper and voilà- deal’s done! Within less than twenty-four hours I was driving away in my truck, my head swimming with new car smell.

Just Right

Just Right

Some things are easier than finding a pair of jeans that fit! And a lot more expensive. But, who cares? I’m rolling down the road in my great ride.
What was your most memorable unexpected shopping victory?

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11 thoughts on “Shopping Victories – Truck Shopping

  1. I never would have picked this! I’m not very car/truck savy so can’t say anything cool sounding… Very exciting though! My memorable shopping victory…hmm. Since my brain is in revision mode all I can think of is chocolate!

  2. shirley borstelmann

    I THINK IT WOULD BE WORTH WHILE TO FLY OUT AND HAVE A RIDE IN YOUR GREAT NEW TRUCK!! LOVE, MOM. I AM SURPRISED THAT THEY WOULDN’T GIVE YOU THE NEW JEANS AS A PURCHASE INCENTIVE!! LOVE, MOM >

    • What a great idea. If car dealers could guarantee a perfect pair of jeans with every vehicle they might be on to something! I wish I lived closer, baby, so I could drive you all over. Love ya Ma

  3. M-m-m-m. My daughter bought a white truck a couple of months ago. I couldn’t see it at first, but I now understand how it feels to be in control of a jock truck. White is a fabulous choice for a female truck. Awesome.

  4. I admit I was a little worried when I saw the first truck, but relieved that you’d decided it was a bit too big! Your new white one looks just right. 🙂
    No new car for me, but I did get a new bumper courtesy of a rear end collision by an inattentive driver behind me. I’m fine, and now my car is too!

  5. I snagged a first edition English Translation of a short Tolstoy book for £3.50 and it accompanies me to every place I lay my weary head. I think you should have plumped for that red truck, you would have been queen of the road!

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