Just Looking

Is it just me or do others do this as well. I took my car down to the dealership where I bought it for its yearly inspection. I takes 45 minutes to an hour for things to be done. Of course I had a book to read while I waited, but before I sat down to read I just had to look at the new cars. Just curious, you understand.

After all, my car is only 4 years old. It only has 48,000 miles on it. It is just about paid for. But I had to look anyway. I have done this other times when I take my car down for servicing and usually the sales staff don.t bother me because they know I am there to have my car worked on and not to but a new one.

Apparently a relatively new salesperson didn.t know this so he came over. The car I was looking at was a 2021 RAV IV. The color was lunar rock – a color I have never seen before.

This salesman opened the door for me and told me to have a seat. Not wanting to be rude of course I sat in a new car. I wasn’t really interested in its features. So what if it had heated seats. Who cares that the steering wheel was also heated. Oh, did I mention that the side view mirrors and windshield wipers were also heated?

Should I be impressed by the fact that that the rear hatch can be adjusted to stop at different heights. Kathy liked this since she has a hard time closing the hatch on the car we now have.

Is it noteworthy that the engine is designed to drop out of the car in case of an accident? This would stop it from being pushed into the car.

The car has fog lights. With the push of a button you can let the car know if you are driving on a normal road, on sand, on gravel or on snow covered roads. Huh?

With apple CarPlay you can even turn on the heating elements from your phone before you even get into your car. My head was swimming.

Of course, as I said, I am not in the market for a new car. Don’t know why this salesperson talked to us when he knew I wasn’t buying. Did he waste his time or was he planting a seed?

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16 responses to “Just Looking

  1. Clever… and fantastic ending line.
    I learned a lot from your post- I guess I haven’t car-shopped in a L O N G time 🙂

  2. I was amazed at the upgrades made since I bought my car just 4 years ago.

  3. Planting a seed. This winter would sell me on heated seats … fog lights … and …!

  4. jumpofffindwings

    All I can think of when I read about and am told about the newest features, is how much can break down. (What a pessimist, right?) The idea about the engine dropping out, not sure that’s a plus for me. I think of an engine as something that might stop someone else’s vehicle from coming into my front seats. Oh, I just can’t handle car shopping—that’s the truth of it. (Though I do love those square-shaped Jeeps, absolutely not an option for me now.)
    Fun post.

  5. I agree with Fran, planting a seed. I love looking at new cars but only brands I Like. Nice slice about an experience we all go through.

  6. As long as the engine doesn’t decide to drop out just any old time.

  7. Lainie Levin

    I get this too! It starts with the mailings from the car company asking me if I’m ready to trade my car in. And I’m thinking, hey! I’ve got a LOT more time with this car! I suppose I can’t fault the salespeople at the dealership for trying, though…

  8. Terje

    There’s no way you are going to get this car out of your mind. It still doesn’t mean you have to buy it. I might be ready for a new car but thinking about it is too much. Too many choices make my head spin.

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