Today was a damn long day, but it was sort of fun. I guess that that helps some. I need all the help I can get on that front.
I dropped katsuko
off at work around 9:00 and picked Mum up a few miles away, both around 9:00 in the morning. We grabbed a quick breakfast because nothing opens until 10 in this area. That was the last time had a bit to just breathe.
The first place was a whirlwind. We waited nearly an hour to get a person there, so we walked around and looked at their cars, including the ones I noted that I liked the looks of. My credit turned out to be an issue there, so much so that I wasn't able to get the payments down low enough for me to handle, so that was when we left there.
The second place was the one we originally set out to go to first. It turned out to be a bit... skeezy. The cars we set out to look at there, a Honda Accord and a Nissan Versa, were both there... but they both looked pretty beat up. I did take the Versa for a test drive, and I did enjoy the way it drove. The whole place just made us both a bit uncomfortable, so we used to easy excuse of needing to eat and think it over and left.
The third place was right across from my house, and it was just a quick stop through. We had seen a Versa there that was in our price range, but it turned out to be a manual. It's been at least 15 or 20 years since I last drove a manual -- and I definitely did not like the idea of relearning while in Atlanta traffic -- so that one got shot down.
The fourth place was all the way over in Marietta, and at first it seemed like a winner. We found about six cars in our price range, so it was all flying good. I test drove a Kia Soul, and I thought it was all right. The Versa Note I drove, though, had no air conditioning and pulled hard to the right. I liked the two 2015 Versa's I drove after it, but they were both pretty much at the upper range of what I could afford. One had 41k miles on it, while the other had 57k miles on it. We decided we like the latter one a little bit better, so we started the paperwork on it... then they set us to waiting... and waiting... and waiting. Once we had been there over an hour waiting on a salesman to become available to start finishing us out, Mum got on their computer and started looking around. She ended up finding several little dealerships up in Gainesville that had newer cars with much
lower mileage for about the price, so we decided to walk out.
By that point, we were nearly an hour and a half late to pick katsuko
up from the theater, so we did that, put petrol and air into the Malibu, and dropped katsuko
off at home. Then it was just a matter of driving Mum an hour and a half down to Macon, a halfway point, so that Charlie could pick her up. Then it was an hour and a half drive back to Atlanta by myself, when I was exhausted and tired and ready to drop.
So obviously the whole thing was a bit of a bust. We're going to have to do the whole process again soon, either next weekend or the weekend after. I guess we have a bit more of a starting point in mind now (Gainesville) and a car narrowed down (the Nissan Versa) and a price range (under $8,000). If we can get up a bit more down payment, that will help too.
But that's for another weekend. Tomorrow, sleep.