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Tech, GP

October 18, 2008

Tech, G.P.: Make car-buying experience better

If someone were to do a survey to find what were the things that people dreaded doing the most, I know a couple that would certainly be right near the top.

Going to the dentist would probably be No. 1.

I should qualify that with a big ``except for my dentist, Don," who, by the way, is my next-door neighbor. His patients actually like going to him, of course.

But what would be No. 2 on that list?

I think there would be a good chance that, for some people, it could be visiting car dealers to shop for a car.

It's funny, I guess, that while Americans have always been so in love with their cars, so many of them hate going to a dealer to shop for one. Not everyone, of course, feels this way, but a good many people feel intimidated when they go car shopping.

In reality, I think people really do like looking at and for a new car. What they don't like is dealing with the sales tactics generally encountered at the dealerships.

I doubt if the adjective ``pushy'' was in the dictionary before there were car salespeople. If you've been through the process, you know what I mean.

Anyway, why am I bringing all this depressing stuff up? Because there is a way to mitigate the unpleasantness of car shopping.

Use the Internet to shop. As much as you can. It's not pushy.

My daughter recently went through her first car-buying experience. She's had a car before, but I did the buying on that one. After all, she was in high school.

But now she's out on her own, more or less, and the old car had certainly paid its dues.

It was time.

I was flattered that she asked me if I would help her shop for a car, and, of course, I said I would. But, as it turned out, there was really little that I actually did except give her some moral support and offer a little of my extremely sage advice.

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