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By darkcity (Wed May 10, 2006 at 03:42:07 AM EST) (all tags)
Official starting weight: 214 lbs
Target: 180 lbs
34 lbs to go.

and how to sell cars - reinvent yourself as an overweight rapper.

I made it all the way through the day without buckling and having a Coke (or any other soda).  I was quite surprised at how strong the cravings were.  I did cave a little and bought a six of Diet Coke just in case. 

I also realised that Bob was right - morning is best for exercise.  My planned walk never materialized last night because I had to paint the garage.  Well, not really, but family related stuff crept in there and before I knew it, it was 9pm.

The morning, before the son rises, is the time I have the most control over.  I could bring him along as I have one of those fancy pants jogger/bike trailer strollers but the time after his breakfast and before I have to leave for work is too short.  I'll save that for the weekends.

I've decided that everything within a 2km radius of my house will be designated "no car allowed".  That includes the library and the nearest strip mall that includes Blockbuster, the drug store and a grocery store.  Since I make a trip to each place on the order of once a week, that should get some more walking/biking in.

I'm usually a sucker for new "reality" shows and King of Cars is no different.  The main character is the owner of a big Dodge dealership in Las Vegas.  He's transformed himself into a white rapper type and calls himself "Chop" as in "I CHOP the prices!".  It's reasonably funny although I don't think I would ever actually buy a car from a guy like that.

What I find interesting is that most of the deals take hours to finalize.  They show people coming to the dealership in the morning and not leaving until it gets dark.  Do most car deals really take that long?  I would have walked out way before all these people did.

Oh yeah - the other one I'm hooked on is "The Ultimate Fighter".  I guess it's because each show ends with what you really want to see on all the other reality shows - two contestants beat the crap out of each other.

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Car deals... by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed May 10, 2006 at 04:31:02 AM EST
I brought my first new car last year and I spent a lot more time there than I would've liked.  I went there early in the week and worked out most of the details after test driving then went back a few days later after the car I wanted was transferred to NJ to do the final paperwork.

That part took FOREVER.  They managed to get almost all of my info wrong then they did the hard sell on everything, including the financing, after I told them I had a bank check for the full amount.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
Car Deals ... by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed May 10, 2006 at 05:49:27 AM EST
I spent more time in line paying taxes and getting tags on my new car than I did at the dealer.  I spent about two hours at the dealer in total.  I told them what I wanted, they found it and I went in and paid for it.  They did try to give me the hard sell on the extras but no means NO!  Any-who, I got the car I wanted at a reasonable price so I can't complain.

If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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Tags was another ordeal.. by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed May 10, 2006 at 06:48:18 AM EST
I did get the car I wanted at better than the price I wanted (they fucked up and gave me the extra 1K off since they thought I was financing through GMAC).

It seems that when you transfer plates in NJ it's akin to asking the governor to shoot his own dog.  I had to wait weeks and drove around with an expired temp until they got their shit together.

I'd say I spent ~5 hours at the dealer spread over two days for the car sale.  Another trip back in a month for the tags and it was done.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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My last car buying experience by darkcity (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed May 10, 2006 at 05:57:09 AM EST

It was quick...

I walked in and asked the first salesman I saw if I could test drive the car.  He said "No, I can't let you do that".  That knocked me back a bit because it wasn't a sports car or anything special.  I could understand their reluctance if it were a Viper or a Ferrari.

So I turned to the next guy and asked the same question.  He almost tripped when he went running to get the keys. 

After the test drive we sat down and I said "Here's the price I want to pay for that car, no financing, cash only, go run it by your manager".  We had a couple of back and forths, but after about 20 minutes we came to an agreement.

When the official papers were drawn up, they tried to sell the undercoating etc.  I refused it all and they didn't press it.  I spent no more than an hour total at the dealer. 

My wife, however, had to walk away from several dealerships because they couldn't get it through their heads that she wanted to pay cash, no financing.

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