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Spent Less Money Than I Planned

We bought pilgham a new car yesterday.

All I can say is it was about damn time. He had a 10 year old Saturn SL1 with a leprous steering wheel. His new one isn't my thing but he's happy with it, so far, and I will find it tolerable.

We are picking up a Saturn Aura tomorrow. It's a midsize, rather than  compact, which we will have to get used to. The shopping process was so painless that pilgham says he would send others to Troy.

I will say that Troy wasn't fazed when I said we were time boxed (P especially liked the phrase 'time boxed') and had to be out of there at 12:15 for an appointment.  In fact, he gave us an XR to drive to the appointment so they could appraise P's old car while we were gone. Of course, this had the side effect of forcing us to return...



The appointment was with some financial planners. We were bringing a checkbook with the intention of investing and, thus, paying them a commission.

We got to the agreed upon bank branch a little before 1. At 1:20 the receptionist fetched us some bottled water.

At 1:30 she asked us if she could call the individuals in question which we had her to do.

The person I spoke with had totally forgotten about the meeting. Here's the email from right after the call:

Hello! How are you? Sorry, I could not make it on Monday. There was an emergency last Friday.

We, John & I, are available Friday, March 31, 2007 at 9:30AM

 

1434 N. Rand Rd.
Arlington HeightsIL 60004

 

Thank you so much for your patience and see you this Friday.

I did agree to the 9:30 Friday on the phone but I am royally pissed because not only did they f'up my Monday, now my Friday is screwed, too. And notice how she doesn't accept any culpability for not letting us know they couldn't make it? When I canceled a meeting with them I gave them two days notice.

The receptionist at the branch office was Johnny on the spot, however.




You scored as Hadrian. You are the great emperor Hadrian. Not only great for the fact that he didn't mess something up, but he relentlessly administered the empire and set viable borders. Art, cultivation and wisdom mark your reign. The fact that you prefer the boys really helps with the wise handing over of the purple to only the most qualified.

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Hadrian

71%

Commodus

68%

Augustus

68%

Domitian

61%

Claudius

57%

Trajan

57%

Vitellius

57%

Tiberius

54%

Nerva

54%

Marcus Aurelius

50%

Antoninus Pius

46%

Vespasian

46%

Nero

39%

Caligula

21%

Which Roman Emperor Are You?
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Mood: pissed offpissed off
Tune: Waller, Fats - [Sings and Plays Tin Pan Alley #11] She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific
Comments

Of things I really loathe to do, buying a new car ranks in the top ten. But, congratulations.

I've never dickered... That's the only thing I can think of, other than spending 1000s of dollars on a car you will later hate, that might be off putting.

Saturn has a flat price policy and, I will say, Troy dug up incentive programs to apply. Both of my Subarus were bought when the dealer was trying to make room for the new models so they were dealer cost.

congrats on the new car! i hate buying new cars even though i like driving them. something about spending all that money at one time on something that loses you money the whole time you own it. but there's nothing to be done about it.

the forgotten meeting was inexcusable

Yes, wasn't it?

definitley. i've NEVER done that. ;P

Blow him. Buy elsewhere. Smacks of the Clintons and their real estate deals if you ask me.

I don't think pilgham would like my blowing elsewhere...

The only thing that keeps us with them is changing requires us to research and we are lazy. We probably should though. I will look into it today.

Congrats and good luck with the new car. I've heard good things about Saturns.

As for your not-so-good experience, are you sure you want to have these people handle your money? Their customer service leaves something to be desired.

We are both pretty pissed and may in fact rethink. We could just not show on Friday...

Turnabout is fair play!

Oy! New cars and here I am just looking for an oil change!

I turned out to be Hadrian too. Bet you we could score Augustus if we went for length. Somebody thought they were smart because they read Suetonius. A dogeared old friend, what's clever about that?

But you got a new car last year, I thought?

My car is 6yo and I need to get the oil changed and find out why the check engine light is on and P is complaining about my breaks and transmission and stuff...

My car says it wants its oil changed too. Stupid new car.

You scored as Hadrian. You are the great emperor Hadrian. Not only great for the fact that he didn't mess something up, but he relentlessly administered the empire and set viable borders. Art, cultivation and wisdom mark your reign. The fact that you prefer the boys really helps with the wise handing over of the purple to only the most qualified.

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Hadrian

89%

Augustus

82%

Vespasian

68%

Nero

68%

Tiberius

68%

Antoninus Pius

64%

Nerva

61%

Marcus Aurelius

57%

Trajan

54%

Caligula

50%

Claudius

46%

Domitian

43%

Vitellius

43%

Commodus

36%

Which Roman Emperor Are You?
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It appears I am more Hadrian than thou.

You're also more Caligula and Nero than I. Don't tell me you decided to put Baby up for the Senate?

Zipper, sewage department.

I hope he's bigger than a rat.

He may well be a rat.

I think car shopping is one of the great banes of most people's existence. Every car I've owned so far has been found for me by my father, and every single one so far has been a falling-apart piece of crap. ^_^ I'm absolutely dreading the day that I have to buy one on my own. I hate pushy sales people. They really get on my nerves.

Man, that is the worst apology I have ever heard from a professional. 'How are you?' and 'Sorry, couldn't make it, there was an emergency' don't really cut it as far as I'm concerned.

They knew they wouldn't make it last Friday? Did they not have your phone number or something that they couldn't call and reschedule, or at the very least let you know so that you wouldn't waste all that time?

I would probably take that as a sign that this particular direction may not be the best for me or my money.

Hmm. I'm intolerant today, aren't I? ^_^

Buying used is much more onerous than buying new! You have to fret about the mechanical condition of the car and stuff. At least new, that's all warranted. You just have to worry about whether you are over-paying.

The last time I bought a used car, I bought it from a dealer. The car was fine, I drove it for 8 or 9 years, but even after I picked it out, they kept me at the lot for hours, me and my toddler! Try keeping a toddler amused somewhere like that for 4 or 5 hours. Poor MD. Poor O-7.

Re the bank people, they have both my home phone and home email and P had me check my work email to see if they had even attempted to cancel. No.

Buying even used would be an improvement on what I've had in the past.I need a bumper sticker: Proud Owner of this POS

That's just really poor. Time is far too valuable to waste. I say dump 'em. If they had all that time and couldn't be bothered to even attempt to contact you, then they don't seem all that interested in your business. There has got to be others out there who would treat you better, regardless of the venture.

I forgot what my emperor meme said. I neglected to check my Caligula standings. I'm almost certain it was less than 50%. I am, however, no Hadrian.

There is no excuse for the individuals not canceling the missed appointment. None. To be frank, I would have offered them my condolences on their loss and ask if it was a family member that had passed. If they didn't cough up some sort of corpse I'd ask them why I should trust people that can't cancel an appointment with my money.

Either that or find another investment firm and continue scheduling and not showing up for appointments with the other people just for fun. I would not give them my money in either scenario. Kudos on the auto transaction. Car stuff makes me cry. I always wind up feeling stupid and/or helpless.

My policy on the car, or any pricey purchase, is to go in knowing what I want, buy the thing and then never check the prices again because that way, especially with electronics, lies madness.

That being said and keeping in mind that I know nothing about cars, I had to hold P's hand when he picked out both of his but I was sent of to the dealer on my ownsome for mine.