Thursday, April 14, 2005
The H in Hodge Doesn’t Stand for Haggle
It's been a busy week here at the Hodge Lodge. My mom is still in Tennesse so Mike's mom has been coming over to watch Cal. Tuesday she had a prior commitment and Cal went to school with me staying until around 12:45. It went okay. He didn't destroy the classroom too much and I was actually able to get through all of my table times *and* deal with Cal. I was glad when Gayle picked him up though.
Tuesday night Mike and I decided to go test drive a mini van. The truck has been needing some repairs that we didn't want to spend money on because we'd been intending to buy a new mini van by Summer. The truck's problems worsened this week and I told Mike we needed to move the timetable up on purchasing the mini van. Duncan didn't have Tae Kwon Do this Tuesday so Mike asked Gayle to stay a little later and we headed over to one of the Dodge dealerships in town around 5:30.
Mike picked out a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. It was a program car with approximately 25,000 miles on it. We test drove the car and were reassured that it did indeed drive like a car and would get us successfully from point A to point B. We both figured we should do the responsible thing and shop around but then Mike went into the office to get the specifics on this car so we could take it to the Credit Union and see how much they'd loan us on this car or a similar one.
I waited in the car because I expected Mike to be right back. And I also hate dealing with the car salespeople. Mike came back and told me they'd dropped the price on the van. I told him just get the paperwork and let's go. It was getting late and we had to feed the kids. He toddled off only to return five minutes later saying the guy had lowered the price yet again.
To make a boring story short, Mike came back one last time and the price had been lowered yet again. He thought we should go for it and since we both despise the process of buying a car, I relented. I ended up leaving Mike at the dealership while I went home to relieve Gayle and feed the kids.
Mike drove home about an hour later with more debt for us and a slightly used 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Yep, we're impulsive sometimes. But damn it was nice to have the car buying ordeal be over.
As luck would have it, Mike went out the next morning to start the truck and it wouldn't. Sadly we owed the dealership the truck as part of a trade-in agreement. Mike ended up having it towed to the dealership Wednesday evening and agreed to pay the first $300 of the repair bill for getting the damn thing started again. I figured it was only fair since we'd promised them a running, although in need of repair, Chevy truck.
I've driven the mini van several times now and I must say it's quite nice. It's a much smoother drive than the Neon and can I just say it's weird being up so high while I'm driving? I'm looking forward to testing the new car out when we head to Texas for the Annual Paul Family Reunion in Corsicana.
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