Comments: And Then There Were Five

Congratulations on the new ride. At least you told Ringo. Though in this day and age I don't know how you'd keep it a secret. At the end of my freshman year, I walk out of the dorm with arms full of stuff and can't find my Mom's white station wagon. She walks over to a dark blue Oldsmobile 88 and pops the trunk. Talk about weird. They never said a word. Weirder still . . . the car was longer than the station wagon.

Looking forward to more observations.

Posted by cin at August 24, 2013 11:12 PM

Grats on your new Kia - they are great cars!

Sorry about your negative experience with the Hyundai dealer! I can guarantee that wouldn't have happened at the one where I work. A sales meeting at 1 pm on a Saturday with no one watching the floor? Holy crap, Batman. I can't imagine that here - there would be an entire new sales staff the next week.

Anyway, I really think you'll love the Sorento (even if I am prejudiced towards our Santa Fe.

Posted by yak at August 25, 2013 12:16 AM

Cin-I'm not sure I'd have told him. I might've just showed up in Orlando with a new vehicle. It was my husband that spilled it. I'll snap chat him a picture this morning.

Yak- I was horrified. But I'll be honest, I suspect we'd have still gone with the Sorento as they were really trying to move those cars. It's the whole end of August gig and the car isn't moving. The Sportage is moving, so there were NO deals to be found on the Sportage. With the Santa Fe's redesign and it's supposed popularity (probably one of the reasons the Sorento isn't selling so well), the dealer probably wouldn't have given us what they gave us on the Sorento and that's what it came down to.

My mechanic said to me two things: I had about 4000 miles left on this set of tires and knowing how I am, he wanted me to think about now or I'd want to wait 8 or 9 months and get some value out of the new tires I was going to need and the last parting shot was, "You've picked four cars that are close to the same. For you, it'll be who gives you the best deal..."

And that's what it would have come down to between the Santa Fe and the Sorento.

Posted by Bou at August 25, 2013 08:52 AM

Congrats on the new ride! Sounds like you dealt with one of those sales guys who you think . . "he/she will go far in whatever they do" because of their ability to work with people. ;-)

Will have to let my daughter know about the Hyundai disaster. She works as exec assistant to a GM over several dealerships in this area. Good lesson to keep in mind.

Can't wait to read the rat story!! ;-)

Posted by Nina at August 25, 2013 09:45 AM

Enjoy your new car! I hope it holds up and gives you many years of good service. I remember when I went to a car dealership to look at a Ford Taurus wagon (many many years ago). The sales guy wouldn't even talk to me without my husband being there!!! Really??? They lost a sale that day. I guess they didn't really need it. heh.

Posted by Teresa at August 25, 2013 06:00 PM

Will there be a family photo with the new car? We have a picture of our family, taken at the dealership, with the van when we bought it. It's kind of silly, but it turned out to be one of the best family photos we've had ... probably because we were all happy to finally have a car with enough room.

Can't wait to hear the rat story. :)

Posted by PeggyU at August 26, 2013 12:46 AM

I forgot about the rat story... hmmm... wonder where I can get some fake but remote controlled rats???

Posted by vwbug at August 26, 2013 04:57 AM

Congratulations! :)

Posted by pam at August 26, 2013 06:17 AM

I drive a 2002 Santa Fe....she just turned 147,000 and I love her like my luggage. DH drives a KIA Sedona (mini van) and it has been a great both would be a good decision. Sorry the Hyundai dealership was a dud....I really love my Santa Fe. Hoping she'll make another Michigan winter because other than oil changes (which I call her mani/pedi), not planning to put any major money into repairs.

Posted by Trudy at August 26, 2013 07:17 AM