I Love My Car
November 6, 2018
I have been wanting a Yellow Jeep Renegade since I first saw a picture of it back in 2014. They weren't even available at the time for purchase, but I loved it from the first time I saw it and I knew that was going to be my next car. I waited for the Renegades to be available in the US, but when they first started production, there weren't any Yellow Renegades available. I also wanted the power roof, but those seemed to have been postponed from production when the Renegades first came out. Finding a Yellow Jeep Renegade with a power roof seemed next to impossible.
I waited 2.5 years and when my A/C on my Chevy finally went, I knew it was time to get a new car. I Googled my Jeep specifications and I expected none to appear in the search, but there was one that popped up. Then I thought it would be 100 miles away. As it happened, the car was only two blocks away from where I currently was anyway, so I held my friend hostage and made her come with me to the dealership.
I only expected to look at the car to ensure that they actually had the one I wanted, but when I saw it really was the one I had been waiting for, it was a matter of the "when's, how's, where's and how much'es." I randomly was assigned a salesman by the name of Craig and right away he started with his sales pitch. I told him I didn't need a salesman, didn't like salesman and wasn't interested in the banter. He laughed and told me that he "wasn't a salesman" and was actually a former NYC Homicide Officer. That was much more interesting.
I laid all my cards out on the table and told him the exact vehicle I wanted. He said all the things that typical car salesmen say. Blah blah blah. However, he told me he was a "Mensche" and I told him to prove it. The guy bought me and my friend Chick- Fil - A with the cash from his pocket. He also gave away his last can of his favorite drink from his personal fridge. I started to like this guy.
Then I told him that I just wanted to get the car and go home. I had been up since 5 AM and was very tired. He expedited the sale, didn't mess me around, got the exact price I wanted and turned out to really be a "Mensche." For those of you who don't know what that means, it's "a person of integrity and honor" I don't usually say that about car salesmen, but I knew it to be the case when he came through with everything he said and I even got a dinner out of it for me and my friend. It also helped, I guess, that he'd been through 911. I'm from NY myself and I respected the fact that he tried to save lives and help with the clean-up after 911; not to mention it turned out we were both born in the same hospital in Brooklyn.
Overall, I got the car I wanted at the price I wanted. It didn't take as long as it could have and I wound up driving home with a new car. Sure, there were some bumps along the process, but Craig went out of his way to fix all the bumps and came through with what he said he would. It was a good experience.