Originally Posted by dbc
Several incorrect assumptions above.
I certainly didn't have "buyers remorse" nor did I trade the car at the same dealership.
I currently own and drive 4 other cars and frequently trade cars. Some I keep for several years and some several months. I enjoy driving different cars and am fortunate enough to be able to fund this "hobby" and trade when something comes along that interests me.
The recommended "longer test drive" would be irrelevant to my purchase decision. In a sense, some of my cars are just a long test drive anyway.
Hey, my apologies if I've rubbed you or anyone the wrong way with my earlier posting. In all honesty, I can say that I didn't make any assumptions about you at all. My mistake was in quoting your posting because I was not
intending to be addressing my comments to you or your situation. For that mistake, I apologize.
What I was trying to do here was to offer some comments/facts that might help or interest those who aren't fortunate enough to "frequently trade cars." Clearly, someone who is, as you said you were, "fortunate enough to be able to fund this particular 'hobby'", would already know or would care little about my comments. But believe it or not, there are many people who do
have buyers remorse and there are countless people who do
buy without so much as going on a test drive (or making any other comparisons). Sadly, it's those kinds of buyers who are considered to be the "pigeons" in this business. My intent in posting that long explanation (which took me over an hour to write and polish) was to try to help perhaps one pigeon fly away happy after all.
My remarks were directed at people who might be asking, "What if I made a mistake...what if I want to swap cars really soon...what might be my options?"
I can say with absolute confidence that the comments I posted earlier are true in the business which I've been involved in for 41 years. If the information I provided doesn't apply to your situation, that's fine. As I hope I've made clear now, I wasn't talking about people in your situation. I will say this however: people who can do what you do (typically) don't give a hoot about the kind of advice or background information I offered. But then again, dealers just love to see them come walking into the showroom because there are so many ways to pay the bills with the help of such "fortunate" people.
If someone out there ever has anything nice to say about the input I offer here, I'd like to hear it. Of course I know that forums like this one are peopled by all sorts of people. Oddly (and sadly to me at least), the "middle-ground" sort of people (some of whom are those "pigeons" I mentioned) are the least likely to say anything. My hope was that they would read and somehow benefit.
Again, I hope this posting helps/interests someone out there. If it doesn't, then I apologize in advance. But I will point out that you didn't have to pay me for my advice. I offered it for free and with a smile.