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Halloween was very good to the wife and I yesterday!
My old Explorer was long in the tooth and ugly as "fartin' in church" so a few weeks ago I sold it. That meant I was truckless and pulling the boat with my wifes Taurus since there was no way my little Hyundai would do it! LOL..
I've been shopping, but didn't want another payment so it had to be nice enough to replace my 05 Hyundai which only had 22k.. But not increase my payment too much. It took alot of haggling, and I even walked out on a few dealers because they kept playing games ( not uncommon) but yesterday I found far more truck than I thought I could buy, a pretty well loaded 04 Silverado 4x2.. I looked at it 2 weeks ago and the salesman's # just didn't fit. I went by yesterday and found a Dodge that was more truck then needed 4x4 lifted etc but the $$ fit. I feared its longevity and decided to regroup. I overheard the sales manager ( sound carries so well in some offices..LOL) telling some guys they really needed to close 2 deals for the end of month to get their big bonus and they didn't have anything pending so it wasn't looking good.:D ( It was time to act!!)
I went straight up to the sales manager, told him I wanted the Silverado, what I would do, and what I expected for that deal... bottom line! He punched buttons and made phone calls for the next 20 minutes and got VERY close so with a full tank of gas, 2 free service coupons, a receiver for the hitch and a handshake I was on my way!! ADIÓS Hyundai! I feel masculine again!!!!!!!!! LOL!!
Now the wifes 02 Taurus is at the point where you get rid of it at a fair price, or you commit to drive it to death at any cost, and I knew she wanted to trade as well. It just so happens that when I paid my tax/tags I left my debit card there... When my wife got home we checked the messages and had one saying i left the card so we hopped in my truck and went to get it...
Lo and Behold!! She spotted the car she has wanted for a long time as we drove through the lot ( Honda Element).. It was 4pm they close at 7 and when I went in to get the card I said "good luck on that final sale for the bonus!" to which he replied.. "Not looking too good right now I'm afraid. Deal just fell through on the only other one we had today and with it being Halloween everyones is home with the kids..."
( Time to set the hook!!..LOL) I said, what ya got on that Honda, I know somebody that likes those things.. He gave me a price. A bit more than I had in mind but in the ballpark and fair according to my research online..
I said, if I can sell it today would you let someone steal it?? He said bring em on!
Went home, got her car, got a great trade in and a great price, good interest, a tank of gas and service coupons...
Looks like we moved away when you look in the yard..LOL!!!
Now I have to wash and wax the boat!!
Heres my truck........ I'll get pics of hers tonight.....
 

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Man, those of you who can haggle, I am envious of you. Good JOB!!:cool:
 
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Biggest thing is no matter how bad you want it. Be willing to walk away..
 

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the question i got is how in the heck did you get "into" a hyundi to start with?? your not excatly forrest there hoss.:rolleyes:

i have had a hyundi and a suzuki not excatly big on leg room..:(

zooker
 

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Couple of years ago I needed something cheap and reliable for my job because I had to travel pretty far often for trainings and fill in. All I had then was the old Explorer w/150k miles on it. I bought the Accent GT 2 dr. Very roomy for a small car ( the 2dr was the trick, longer doors to get in and out.) and cheaper than a Focus or Civic at the time with a 100000 mile warranty.
I admit I am a FORD guy but it seems like as far as American makes they are all pretty similar for durability (or lack of) and I thought it was a pretty truck with a great price after enough haggling.. I truly think it was timing that made me able to "steal" it. Same with wife's Honda.
 

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Yeah! very nice Drop! Good for you.
Hmmm... the ol' leave the debit card trick..... I'll put that in my tool box! ;)

ha ha hahahah....
Seriously, Congradulations on a "manly" vehicle. Hey, make it over my way and I have a Classic Escort Radar warning receiver to hang from your visor to bring back some glory day nostalgia! (Scored one on Fleabay for .99 cents!!! (that's a total of 5 each now) - YOU can have it my man ;) As I know there will be the possibility of a lemon cake comin with ya!) ha haha ha ha ha....

Good job! ;)
 

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Drop you have great taste. I have been looking at similiar trucks and the wife wants the element for a dog car. You'll have to keep me informed on how they both do for you as I will probably be in the market sometime next year. I hope you don't mind a copycat!

Maybe you can give me some extra haggling tricks as well....;)
 

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Definately a good market on used good condition trucks right now! ;)
Deals to be had
You're right! With gas creeping up anyone not needing a full size truck is downsizing and the prices are getting better all the time. Just remember you'll be getting 16-20mpg... Not exactly my old Hyundai..LOL!
 

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I've always been a Ford guy. Even worked as a Ford tech. Spent a few years in auto salvage sales from 2000-2004 and it seemed we sold as many motors/trannys for one American model as another, usually replacing an engine in the 120k-160k range with some exceptions... With that in mind and finding the $$ and the look I wanted, I had to give the Ol' Bowtie a try. Looked at a 4x4 Dodge too for a good price but I cant justify the even worse milage of a 4x4 no more than I would use it. If I ever go surf fishing I'll just have to tag along with someone else..LOL!!!
I did actually buy both from a Ford dealer here in Washington..LOL... As far as the Honda my wife bought, well, it doesnt get better for quality than Honda and Toyota in my book and with all the manufacturers crossing over there really isnt much to be called "Made in America" anymore..........
 
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