For the past 3+ years, I’ve been driving a hideous Dodge Intrepid my sister dubbed “the raisin.” It was purple… or what Dodge calls “Molten Red” which is, well, purple. It had V8 juice all over the upholstery and the ceiling from an unfortunate explosive vegetable juice incident about a year ago. The paint was beginning to peel away from the plastic parts of the trim. Oh yeah, did I mention it had hail damage. It was a real piece.
I’ve never liked cars. I’m a truck guy. I love riding up high, I love being able to go to the Home Depot and just pick up the stuff I need instead of renting their truck or paying for delivery. I love the feel of a big engine torqued down real low.
So Tuesday the perfect storm came along. My dad is a businessman. He’s been in business for himself since 1983, and before that he worked for some of the biggest companies around, so he’s seen his fair share of negotiation. He has sold businesses for people and negotiated mult-million dollar contracts. So whenever I want a good deal on something, I invite him.
Over the weekend he told me he was going to be buying a Dodge truck for one of his businesses. He saw a deal in the paper that looked pretty decent, and the shop definitely needed a new truck. So that got me thinking… Hmmm, I’ll bet if he negotiates two trucks at the same time, we can get a REALLY sweet deal.
So Monday I told him my evil plan, and told him I’d leave it completely to him to do the negotiating. He really enjoys beating up on car salesmen. And who can blame him.. they all have the same BS story – “If I give you one penny more, my kids will starve. I’m already losing money on the deal.” Which of course we all know is retarded because no one would ever sell something at a loss.
Anyhow, Tuesday we roll into the dealership and inform mr. salesman that we want TWO new trucks, one for the business, and one for me. I set the stage right then that if my dad wasn’t happy with the deal, I was prepared to walk away.
I won’t bore you with the details of the work truck, but I will tell you about mine.
I got a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 long bed with the SXT package (which adds a lot of power options and tons of chrome) and the trailer/tow group. The sticker on it was $30,755. I was also upside down on my Intrepid loan, so the trade was gonna have to work out in my favor, keeping in mind it was a piece of crap. Did I mention it also had about 30k more miles than a car it’s age should?
Well, long story short, my dad got them down to $16,000 and I signed on the dotted line. Yup, almost half off the sticker price. I’ll post actual pictures of mine, but here’s roughly what mine looks like:
And I feel like a grown up when I drive it.