| || |
Is my Mustang era over?
May 7, 2013 - Jim Smith
Shopping for a new vehicle is nearly more stressful than it's worth.
This past weekend, my wife and I went looking for a mini SUV to replace my 2010 Mustang GT, which my wife will not drive, to get a vehicle that gets better gas mileage and can haul more things.
We went to three dealerships and looked at four different models of SUVs, one of which was American-made and the other three were foreign-made. I have to admit, I've always been partial to American-made vehicles, even though my wife currently has a foreign-made car and when I was much younger I had two British TR4 Spitfires, which I dearly would love to own now even though I'm sure they would never pass today's safety standards.
The salesmen for the foreign-made vehicles were helpful and friendly, even though one of them really was pushing us away from the vehicle we initially was at the dealership to see, mainly because our daughter and her husband have that model and like it. The salesman at the dealership for the American-made vehicle couldn't have cared less about our shopping for a vehicle, although he did make a halfhearted attempt at finding what we wanted.
At only one of the dealerships did we think enough of the vehicle, the salesman and the dealership to take the time to have them appraise my Mustang and write up a deal.
Sadly, the real issue is not necessarily the deal on the SUV, but whether I really want to give up my Mustang, which has fewer than 20,000 miles on it and is in perfect running order and appearance. The last Mustang I had was a 2000 and I kept it for 10 years, trading it in for the current one I'm driving.
I have "LOVED" Mustangs since they first came out while I has in high school, but couldn't afford one until I purchased a 1973 model and kept it for years, even though my younger brother-in-law and I had to repeatedly rebuild the junky carburetor that was in that monster V-8 engine.
Mustangs became a thing of the past when we had our daughter and we needed a "family" vehicle, but when that time passed, it was time again to get back into a Mustang.
Now I'm pondering if that era once again has gone by the wayside ... and that makes me sad. And to make the matter worse, my wife keeps reminding me how much I LOVE my Mustang.
It's going to be an emotionally hard decision!
Post a Comment