Purchasing a #Car: Want Rather than Need


Purchasing a #Car: Want Rather than Need

Unless you are a collector you probably don’t buy a car just because you want to. There is typically a need for purchasing a car. My husband and I don’t fall into either of those categories and yet we are considering purchasing a car. Why?

As most of you already know my husband and I are techies. We like to purchase the latest and greatest tech whether we need it or not. How does this apply to purchasing a car? Our current vehicle is a 2008 model. We do not have GPS or BlueTooth or backup camera or any of the other latest and greatest features that today’s vehicles come with. My view is that if we are going to trade in our perfectly good vehicle for a new model then it needs to have all those features ours does not. My husband just wants a new car. He does not care about those features that are important to me.

To be clear, we are only window shopping right now. Therein lies the dilemma. Do you know how difficult it is to window shop for a car when the employees working at dealerships are so desperate to sell you a car that they will not leave you to shop on your own? The atmosphere is thick with stress, so much so you can cut it with a knife. To top it all off most of the people working at dealerships have little knowledge about the cars they are trying to sell you.

We do our research and only then do we make contact for more information.

You may find this difficult to believe but dealerships have actually outsourced some of their customer contact mechanisms. We visited a website to find additional information about a particular vehicle. A chat box appeared asking to help us. When we entered the question we wanted answers for they immediately asked for our contact details. We asked our question again without giving our contact information and we were told that they could not answer. They are an outsourced firm used only to obtain contact information for the dealership.

I think there should be an option for purchasing a car directly from the manufacturer. People like us who do their research and know more than dealership employees would find this a much better option. Dealerships can exist for those people who want someone else to do the work for them. It’s interesting that the laws that exist now actually prohibit people from purchasing from the manufacturer. Too many middle men would be cut out of the equation and so their cut of the sale would be eliminated.

I have no idea if we will actually purchase a car. What I do know is that I am glad that we don’t NEED a car so we can walk away from this research at any time. Both my husband and I agreed that we have to take frequent breaks from our research. Why? It is stressful and frustrating not to be able to get straight answers or useful answers. How can you make a decision under those kinds of circumstances?

During the course of writing this post we test drove 2 cars – the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. The Honda had excellent ratings on everything including safety. The Ford had basically the same features that were important to me and the dealership is close. Yeah, that last one was stretching it but it’s the truth.

Honda has this price match guarantee, much like Walmart. Show them the deal another dealership offers you and they will meet it to get your business. Obviously we used that to our advantage and ended up with a great deal. Yes. We purchased the Honda CR-V 2014. We did not purchase the version with the Navigation. We do have blue tooth so we can link our phones and use Google Maps as we always do. I love that I do not need a headset to make a call. I can do it through the car.

What we found interesting about purchasing a car this time versus any other car we have purchased in the past is that they actually took us through the dealership to meet everyone. Seriously… We have never experienced that before. A bit of a nice touch.

Now we all know my photography skills pretty much suck, but I wanted to share a few photos of the car to satisfy your curiosity. It has a lovely metallic paint.

Here it is parked next to the neighbor’s house.

Honda CR-V 2014

Heated black leather front seats. Cold weather is coming.

Heated Front Seats

Leather passenger seats that fold down completely for extra cargo room.

Leather Passenger Seats

Lookin up through the Moon / Sun Roof

Moon Roof



Phone controls on the steering wheel. I love this!

Phone controls

It has an ‘Eco’ button to help save gas, too. It can tell you if your driving is fuel efficient or the opposite. Independent climate control is really handy – I like it warmer and hubs likes it cooler.

For those of you who are interested in power… Yes. This baby has all the power you need when you need it.

You get the idea. We are enjoying it. 🙂

When was the last time you purchased a car because you wanted to rather than because you needed to?

Until next time…

Geek Girl








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  1. Hi Cheryl: I really enjoyed this post. I bought MY 1st new car in 1995 after my father passed and I rec'd enough of an inheritance to pay off the house and purchase a car. O bought a gorgeous Buick Skylark with all the features that were important to ME. Sleek European styling, leather seats, gorgeous metallic green paint job, electric sunroof. Top of the line all the way. When we moved and downsized our house in 2007, I bought another new vehicle – again, because I wanted one vs needed one.(My husband is still driving that Buick on occasion and it's still looking great and performing well.) In 2007, I bought a brand new Toyota Rav 4 Limited and still love it to this day. Most I/we have ever spent on a vehicle, but I took advantage of the cash flow from downsizing the house and used that extra cash to buy something really special and I still LOVE it. Enjoy your new baby!

  2. jacquiegum says:

    Cheryl, you wrote about my most dreaded experience…car shopping and car research.UGH! Like you, I have found that most dealerships don't offer educated sales people and that the manufacturer websites are shills for the dealer. Seems like a racket to me, and I always feel like I have been taken! So I applaud all that you did, and the car looks great. But I agree…It's a shame you can't do a direct buy:)

  3. Have stopped having a car for the simple reason that if it's a nice one it will be stolen, by mainly criminal gangs from Eastern Europe, and exported abroad. Insurance is hence super expensive. Add to that how difficult it is to find parking space – and expensive. In Sweden, unlike the US, using public transport works very well.

    If I decided to buy a car again it would be a BMW 4 wheel drive because it's good when it snows. But with that kind of car you will have to pay a tax for vehicles that are heavy poluters because of the European Union. Hopefully I will manage without a car, but if necessary I will get one despite all the problems it entails.:-)

  4. Buying a car is usually a nightmare, but when we moved back to the US we decided for the first time ever to buy a new car, so it was easy once we'd done the research. But it's def. hard to wriggle your way out of theses car dealers for sure.

  5. Susan Cooper says:

    We have a Honda CRV that we bought many years ago that we keep around as an extra vehicle because it is so reliable and so convenient. We usually don’t go car shopping unless we absolutely HAVE to because it’s got to be about the worst experience ever… Certainly not something one would do for fun. :). However this new CRV looks so nice, I just might have to go check it out! Have fun with it.

  6. patweber says:

    My husband and I are auto enthusiasts. Had 3 in our small collection at one time. But then are work!

    Our daily drivers (that's what the name is for the cars enthusiasts drive every day) are cars we buy when we want to. I'm thinking I got into this mode because of my husband. But in the end, when we trade in with lower mileage, and we keep buying the same manufacturer, it makes good financial sense for us.

  7. namirusso says:

    So many cars – too little road. It seems the desperation to sell cars to ANYONE, is resulting in a lot of bad drivers. Sometimes I wonder if we're in New York – or Egypt (which I head is roadside Hell!).

  8. JeriWB says:

    It always actually amazes me how easy it is to buy a car in just a few hours. My husband and I always go in knowing what we are looking for and that we will also not buy that same day and instead take time to think on it. We've decided to keep our 2011 Ford Escape a few more years. The newer Escapes are built on a car chasis (Taurus) so we've decided our next car will be a Jeep Gran Cherokee (we test drove one in February). The Cherokee can haul a good-size camping trailer and the chasis is built on a Mercedes frame. Even better is that our recent rental car in Eupore was a Grand Cherokee. We couldn't have a Mercedes rental because we were going through northern Italy. That being said, it has a back-up camera, built-in GPS, and heated leather seats. The mirrors also automatically folded in when we took the giant behemoth in all the very small places that are much better suited for tiny European cars. All of the sensors are pretty cool.