We’re the proud owners of a fabulous new 2006 Honda Civic Coupe. It’s galaxy grey metallic and equipped with all the bells and whistles including navigation (which is super handy!). It’s the first new new car either of us has ever gotten and I must say it was quite an experience. First of all, do not believe a single word that comes out of the mouth of a car salesman (or, in our case, saleswoman). Luckily, we knew this bit of information before we started shopping or it would’ve been a much more painful process.
Next, be prepared to leave the dealership several times. I don’t quite understand why this game has to occur, but it goes something like this: Look at car. Leave. Look at car again. Leave. Look at car again. Make low offer. Get offer rejected. Leave. Get a call from the car dealer about coming in for negotiations. Make new offer. Get offer rejected. Leave. Repeat as long as necessary until you get to a price you like. Bleh. I swear car dealerships only exists to wring every drop of joy out of the car buying experience.