Our youngest daughter's first car
October 6, 2018
Our youngest daughter gets her drivers' license (hopefully) in a month or so. We figured we would start shopping early since we have no experience shopping for a used car. We thought we had found the right car at a well-regarded used car dealership in Ewing. It was a 2018 Toyota Camry with 12,500 miles for less than $20,000.00. As the oid saying goes, "If it's too good to be true . . .." The car seemed like "this was it." My daughter liked the look, the feel of the cockpit and the way it drove. Well, the ONLY drawback, in our daughter's view, was that it did not have on-board GPS. At first I thought of the alternatives. But, she's 17, inexperienced, has friends from school that live in other towns, these are not the safest times for young girls and other concerns. So, we deferred to these concerns and vowed to press on. We had been to AutoLenders earlier in the week, but didn't see anything of interest. My daughter and I went back on a Tuesday, late afternoon. Still, just couldn't seem to find one within our price range with GPS. After about 10 minutes, Joe Milisic came out and we talked about what it was that we were looking for. He made a benign sales pitch of the overall philosophy of AutoLenders and I felt it was an appropriate opening dialogue. he left us alone to carry on with our quest. While I was looking in one area, my daughter went off on her own to search in another. Then, she called me over. It looked promising. We went back to the showroom and Joe got us the keys so that we could take a test ride. Yep, this is the one - just need to clear it with my wife. She came out later that evening and she and Joe went over the nuts and bolts, so to speak, of the transactional process. Short story, I was able to surprise our daughter with her first car on Thursday. She's the beaming, proud parent of a 2017 Nissan Maxima WITH GPS. It is a beautiful car.
Warmest thanks to Joe for his more than professional approach and demeanor. I met Scott when I picked the car up - on short notice. He was great.
We anticipate that the car will be problem-free and that our daughter gets years of use.
First time buying a used car and it was as stress-free as could be. We'll be back.