Subaru Crosstrek. I have not purchased a new car for years. People talk about the experience being horrible. I had never felt it was great before, but truly much worse this time. We set the price, sticker plus a small doc. fee, in normal times that would seem bad but right now about the best you can do.
Then a guy was going to call me about extended warranties and other services. I am having the car delivered so this was over the phone. He sent me a cafeteria list of warranties and ad ons. If I would have bought them all it would have added 10 grand or about 33% to the purchase price.
He went through all the terrible things that could happen to the car, both in and out of warranty. Three years of extended bumper to bumper was nearly three grand, down to two when I didn't bite.
I said no to everything, patiently explained that we were already at twice the car budget we started with, and I wasn't inclined to plunk down more today unless he wanted to offer three years extended for a grand.
He also threw out the "nobody can work on cars these days" thing, after a couple of those I told him I had a lift in my garage and I had rebuilt engines, transmissions, painted cars, and done most anything else you can do on a car. When he was still talking I said I had owned my last car I bought new 15 years ago and had spent less than $1000 on repairs over all that time, and I was planning to keep the Subaru for a long time and assumed it was a quality vehicle that wouldn't need.a lot of work done. I didn't go ballistic, just matter of fact, that one made him backpedal a little.
Anyway, point isn't that I didn't get talked into anything or made some decent points, it is that after the conversation, him going over all the terrible things that could happen to the car, tree sap staining the paint, TPMS sensors, he wanted me to pre-buy service "at a discount" etc. and we talked the price of that.
Anyway, after the conversation with the guy I felt like I had not just spent a lot of money on a reliable vehicle, I had spent a big wad of cash on a money pit. Did not leave a good feeling about the experience at all.
I don't remember much beyond an attempt to sell paint treatment or something when we bought the Honda way back when. But it was way back when, maybe I have blocked the memory.Colored Text Here