I may have been just a little confused. My 65th birthday is in mid-April. My sister-in-law’s 65th birthday is today.
For my birthday, I planned to trade my leased vehicle in on a newer model. Perfect timing, as my boss gives employees a paid day off on the employee’s birthday. (I may hate the job, but there are some nice perks.)
I was home sick on Friday and with nothing better to do, I decided to go on the dealership website and decide what color I want for my next Ford Escape. I love my 2014 Escape, but my three-year lease is expiring. I decided on a color, and then looked up the manufacturer rebates and dealer specials. There were excellent discounts, but they expire on April 3 – well before my birthday.
Since I have no idea what programs might be in place after April 3, once I got up Saturday morning, I emailed my wonderful saleslady, Valerie, and suggested that if she could get me into a brand new Ford Escape and get me lower payments, I would definitely consider turning my car in now. I envisioned that Valerie would punch some numbers and set up an appointment for the following weekend.
Puppy Cody had a vet visit at 10:30 for a nail trim (ain’t no way I’m clipping those dark nails!). While waiting for Cody to get done, my phone rang (my bad, those phones are supposed to be off in the clinic).
Anyway, Valerie was calling to let me know she definitely could get me into the vehicle of my choice with lower monthly payments – and in fact, she had one on the lot in my chosen color and would have it cleaned up and ready for me to look at when I came in … today!
Well, I’m not one to pass up a good opportunity, so as soon as Cody was home again, off to the dealership I went. Normally, I would take time to clean my car inside and out before turning it in, and I would get all that crap out of the back, but hey, this was urgent!
No dickering needed – after getting $5,300 in discounts, waived lease payments, and rebates, I came home in my brand new 2017 Ford Escape AWD in white gold, with my monthly payments reduced by $32. I think it was the quickest sale Valerie’s ever made.
Win-win for both of us.
And Teddy Rosalie made a new friend while I filled out paperwork.
Another Saturday well spent.
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