I think a lot of us are in the same boat here. Having a car these days is more-or-less a necessity. A luxurious one to be sure, but necessity none-the-less. We pack our days so full that waiting on public transit or coordinating around someones schedule is not worth the trade-off of having a car payment. But the HASTLE of getting into a vehicle that is going to suit your list of requirements at the price you want, good look.
Last year, about this time, I began hunting for a new rig that was more reliable and offered a bit more space. Since I had loved my previous Honda Element so much, I had decided that would be a perfect fit. It would be used, so likely cheaper. It would be reliable, after all, it is HONDA. It would have all the space I could ever want. Only to find out they are one of the most HIGH DEMAND used cars on the market, making them incredibly illusive and not cheap at all. After nearly 3 months of searching I finally found one that would work.
Then a short 9 months later it was totaled. I was bummed and dreaded having to start all over. By this time, it was even more impossible to find an Element, so I began hunting for yet another perfect car. It sucked. Not only did it take a long time, but I was so tired and irritable from my injuries I feared it was an impossible task. My quest was simple, low mileage smallish SUV from Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Mazda (as per my mechanic's recommendation). With a hard budget. I tried to fall in love with every one I test drove, but nothing fit.
After going back and forth and eliminating everything that was WAAAAY out of my budget, I had my heart set on a Mazda CX5. When I arrived at the car dealership, they just couldn't get the price down far enough. Bummer. Then, on a whim I decided to look at a Subaru. Wenatchee is, as I've been told, a Subaru town. I figured it must have some merit. I picked a used one I'd like to see, it had just shown up and had super low miles. We drove it around for about an hour, went to my house to see if my bike and bike box would fit inside. Voila. Everything fit!
Yes, I bought a Subaru. Really what I wanted to tell you about was my experience. I told numerous car salesman to NOT call me, but they did. I told them I wasn't interested in OTHER things on their lots, they didn't listen. Cascade Auto was not that guy. I told them what I was looking for, they showed me what they had. They told me, go drive everything you can and hopefully we can make a deal. If not, ultimately they wanted me to be happy. Boy am I. Luckily I ended up going through them and I couldn't be more proud to support such a high integrity local business. Not only that, but when the decision was made, I told them I had to hurry and get to work. They whipped through that paperwork so fast, it was unbelievable! Needless to say, I think I now know WHY we're a Subaru town. The cars are great, but trusting the person you're buying it from is just as (if not more) important.
Thank you so much. I love my new (used) car!!