Saturday was a day to get out of the house and what better function to attend when one doesn’t feel like getting dressed and spackled than the Auto Show? Devoted Spouse found 2 coupons in the paper for $2 off each so off we went, excited about seeing new cars and some antique cars and some concept cars. Plus I could have sworn they advertised a NASCAR simulator. Cool – they had one the last time we went a couple of years ago.
Know how long it took us to “do” the Auto Show? Less than 45 minutes. I think this was Auto Show Lite. One of the cars I wanted to see was a Nissan and right there in the program it showed where Nissan had set up — but there was no Nissan to be found. Well, that didn’t make me happy. So I trotted off to check out the Subarus.
Now, I once owned a Subaru Outback. It was one of my favorite vehicles until one day the cat peed in it. Okay, he didn’t actually pee in the car…when I picked up the cat at the vet’s he was already ensconced in his cat carrier and much to my surprise, there was cat pee on the bottom of the carrier which then landed and soaked into my front passenger seat. I thought I smelled something…duh. We tried everything under the sun to get that smell out. Devoted Spouse even took the seat out, took it apart, replaced the foam inside and STILL you could smell the lovely aroma of le chat du’jour. Blechhh. Traded in a car I really liked. Wait a minute here…I think my vet OWES me a new car. Okay, maybe not.
So…I’m thinking of ditching the Kia from Hades sometime this year if I can ever get all the appliances paid for and what better place to scope out the new stuff all at once than the aforementioned Auto Show? To get back to my story…I found the Subarus – two Outbacks, a Tribeca, and a Forrester. I sat in all of them and since the time I owned an Outback, Subaru has done some major restyling and I wasn’t that crazy about any of them. What truly made me crazy was there was nobody to talk to about the Subarus and no literature in sight. Now I know an Auto Show is not a place to SELL the cars, but shouldn’t there at least be some literature floating around and a stack of business cards on a table?
I found one Volvo – I don’t remember the name, but it is a small-mid SUV — again, nobody around, no literature, but this time there were two business cards jammed down into the car window. That struck me as so tacky I decided I wasn’t going to even consider a Volvo.
There were plenty of Fords – Fords have some good marketing going on and folks were interested. I had a Ford a few years back and I didn’t call it Found On the Road Dead for kicks (there are other assorted nicknames for Fords but we won’t go into them here). So I wasn’t interested in looking at a Ford.
I hate Mercedes and I don’t feel the need to explain myself. So I skipped them. Not crazy about Dodge. Mercury Mountaineer was too expensive and I don’t want to have to actually climb up into it. Cadillac? Nope. Buick? I liked the Enclave but it was too much money and probably a little too big.
Toyota? I don’t have enough words to explain what was going on over on the side of the room where the Toyotas were sitting….alone….all alone…with this big sales guy with a happy smile pasted on his face…and nobody went near a single Toyota while we were there. Snicker. Snicker. The Hondas weren’t being crawled over either for some reason. Could it be that pesky brake issue we’re hearing about? Dunno.
We looked at Jeeps, only because I used to have a Jeep Cherokee and drove it for about 10 years and loved it. But today’s Jeep isn’t the same – the insides are cheap looking, the gas mileage sucks big time, and the prices are through the (sun)roof. Nope, no Jeep for me.
I liked some of the Chevys. But what I liked most of all was a nice lady named Wendy who talked to me about the GMC Terrain, an SUV that’s a little bit bigger than what I currently drive, but not so big I will ram the side mirror into the brick wall at the bank drive-thru. She spent a good deal of time with us. I sat in the Terrain and liked how it felt – comfy. I liked the price and I liked the gas mileage until I noticed that it had a 4-cylinder engine (hence the better gas mileage). I’m a 6-cylinder kinda gal. Now I know they have made great strides for 4-cylinder engines but that’s what my old Pinto had and I swear I needed a friend in back pushing just to go up a small hill in that car. Then again, the Pinto was a long, long, long time ago back before most of you were born. I loved that little brown car though.
Oh… there was NO NASCAR simulator to be found. What a rip.
So the auto show was a total dud — it’s a good thing it only cost us $5 to get in. And we did get to see an old friend of ours, Ricky, who we used to work with over at the base back in the fun times before our customer turned into vampires and sucked us dry.
Will I buy a new car any time soon? Doubtful. Gonna keep the Kia Sportage limping along as long as possible coz it’s nice not to have a car payment. That way maybe I can get some new carpet in this house so EmmaLou has a clean space to yak on.
I auto go now and go say something nice to my Kia so it doesn’t think I’m ditching it any time soon…sigh.