Friday, February 7, 2014


My car, a Dodge Stratus was 10 years old last October when it finally went kaput. My husband and I knew fixing it wasn't an option. So we started looking at new cars. New to me, used in general. After seeing a television commercial for a local dealership, I saw what I wanted. A 2011 Toyota Camry with low mileage. So... we went down to the lot to have a look at it, up close and personal. And then we took it on a test ride. It was a good, solid car. And at a great price. Though, I must admit I wasn't sure about the color. I've never been a BLUE person. But it was what it was. So I decided to wait a week, have them hold it, and see if I saw something I liked better. I didn't. So we went back and pounded out the deal we wanted for this car. At the closing they tried to tell us the starting price was about fifteen hundred dollars higher than the price on the windshield when we originally saw it. They insisted we were wrong about that price. I knew they were. You see I had taken photos of the car when we first saw it. I simply reached in my purse and pulled out my camera. SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Then showed them the date stamped pictures I had taken with the price clearly visible. And suddenly all the bull coming out of their mouths stopped.  I got what I wanted at the price I could afford.  It pays to document things... so you do not get taken advantage of. Have you ever had someone try to pull the wool over your eyes???


Forty Pound Sack said...

you go, girl! Love the new ride!!!

Paula said...

I think it's pretty.I bought a new brilliant blue ford ranger and drove it 13 years. Then my grandson drove it about two years, then John bought it and drove it one or two years then gave it to his daughter and I think she has had it about two. So I still get to see ole' blue and it so irritates me that she doesn't keep it clean. I hope you enjoy your car and it lasts you many years. I'm glad you had that picture to shut them up. I know you have to watch everything and everybody now days. We've had people take us and people try to take us.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

way to go! i always take photos of anything that is about to be fixed when i take my car in. i want to make sure i get what i pay for. i have had the wool puled over my eyes way too often!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm so glad you got a picture to document the price. 1500.00 is a lot of money. Glad they made it right and you got your car for the correct price. That was pretty shady of them to try to sell it for more. I'm taking more and more pictures but never thought about them as a way to document things. Great idea and good thinking on your part.

jack69 said...

Funny once I 'WAS TOLD' of the price we could get a Motor home for. When I said that to the dealer, he said no way. I have never offered it at that price (or something to that affect) When we walked off he changed his mind. We got it. You done well. I am not a blue person either but our motor home is because it was a good price. (smile) Bet the guy did not say, "NICE PICTURE!"

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Smart woman; and great advice.
Thank goodness for cell phone cameras, huh!

Funny in My Mind said...

You go girl!!

Red Rose Alley said...

I have a Toyota Camry!!! I've had if for about 10 years and it has never given me a hard time, except for oil changes and such. IT IS a good solid car, and I really like the BLUE color on yours.

It was so good of you to take a picture of the original price. We would often be taken advantage of, my friend, if we didn't watch our backs. I'm so glad that everything worked out for you.

Enjoy your car, from one Camry owner to another.


alphawoman said...

My daughter has a 2002 Toyota Celica with 170 thou on it. She has mistreated this poor car but it plugs on and on.

betty said...

Good for you with that documentation! Makes you want to leave a comment on their web site if they are looking for customer satisfaction saying this behavior so others will be prepared and document their prices too. Looks like a great car too!


DD said...

Hi Tary,
I am glad you came out on top of that deal. You were very smart to be able to pull out that picture. I bet you did shut them
I like your car, even the color
blue. I hope you enjoy driving it.
Good night,

Formerly known as Frau said...

Good for you! I hate dealing with car lots...good advise for future! Colors nice...I hope it grows on you!

Lucy said...

Pretty car. Our old Ford Tarus has had a lot of running since going to the doctor's so often,. Tues. will tell the tale , maybe.. If it goes we will have to have Ron look for a rebuilder or something for us. Tnanks for the words of support.

Lynda said...

Blue is my favorite color. Toyota makes really good cars. Both our daughters have one. You were smart to document that. Also smart to shop around.

Kay said...

You will be happy with the Toyota. I have had Toyotas since my late husband and I first got married. I love them. I recently traded in an 11 year old 4Runner and a 10 year old Corolla for a 2013 Rav4. I love it! My 4Runner had almost 200k miles on it.

Carol Z said...

Good for you. I had something like this, though a lot less money involved, happen. The checker at the supermarket said my crackers weren't on sale. I went to the aisle, took a picture and there was the sale price. A picture is worth a thousand words, or in your case $1500. dollars.

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