Sunday was spent looking at SUVs and we test drove one. It felt.......well, utilitarian and the car we seriously looked at was rather a lot more than we wanted to spend and we were not happy with the deal offered. We ended up at the Mazda dealer where R bought his new car five years ago. A salesman greeted us and was pleasant and not forceful. We asked a few questions and one of his replies consolidated in R's mind that we did not really want nor need an SUV. It was getting late in the day and quite warm and we were becoming mentally 'done in'.
Why were we looking at SUVs? For ease of getting into and out of, especially for R. Also a friend has just bought one and we liked it, a GMH Holden Captiva.
Yesterday we called into a friend's place who wanted us to witness some forms. We then went for and enjoyable brunch and returned home, where I finally filled in the information for the accountant for my tax return. Sob, I think I may have to pay this year, for the first time. I'll make sure that doesn't happen next year by spending, and I did.
So, mid afternoon found us back at the Mazda car dealer. After R bought his last car, although we were happy with the car, we came away from the dealer feeling we paid too much. We felt a little railroaded and not in control. Subsequent conversations with workmates confirmed we should have fought for a better deal and paid less.
This time we had no such feelings. We were happy with the deal and while it is a lengthy process to buy a new car and we have to wait a couple of weeks for it to be delivered we are extremely happy with our choice and the car's features. R's Mazda 3 Maxx Sport is being replaced by a Mazda 3 Maxx.
Meanwhile I still hang on to my 1999 Hyundai Lantra. I only use it for it work. Again I being a little untruthful. I take R's car to work on a daily basis and if we go out anywhere, of course we use R's car. The Hyundai travels about 20 kilometres a week, used by R to go to Port Melbourne for his volunteer work one day a week and me to go to work on Mother Thursday when R travels to the outer south east on the freeway. Oh yes, if I am working Saturday then R will take the Hyundai to Prahran for the weekly shop.
Some might suggest we are filling our empty lives with consumerism. I don't care, we are very happy about buying a new car. Err, but I have to get used to parking by watching a camera, which is just as well as you can't see out of the small high windows.