thing to know, I hate buying cars. Always have. Itís true of portions
from the very first experience I had. Never look forward to it.
Little about the process that I enjoy. So, if Iím heading out
comparing something to the ease of buying a car, there is definitely
something way off-kilter being presented.
guessing my opinion isnít surprising. For me, thereís something
about the effort that seems off.
dealership could have three cars on the lot that are essentially
exactly the same. Model, trim, color and more. Same car. Three
customers could walk onto the property on the same day and after
a vast combination of scenarios plays outó research done, questions
asked, initial offers exchanged, if the salesperson feels particularly
kind or particularly cranky after lunch and on and onóeach person
could pay a different amount for their car.
majority of my shopping is handled by walking in to a store, seeing
the price of something Iím interested in, and ultimately making
the decision if thatís the price I want to pay. Simple. Basic.
much as Iíve enjoyed the cars Iíve owned over the years, and been
excited about adding a new vehicle, thereís always a moment or
two (or more) where I wonder about what I paid and if I could
have done better. Not regret, mind you. Just a collection of uncertainties,
such as the feeling that no matter how prepared I was and what
I did, I put extra money into the purchase than I should have.
thereís the math. The add this and add that and waiving the other
thing. The back and forth adjusting your insurance. There are
the fees that come in, even after all the paperwork is signed.
(You know. ďYeah, I get your frustration. But thatís the way the
state requires new registration fees to be done.Ē Something like
that. And there you are, paying an additional $89 or whatever
as a final exchange.)
if some of it goes smoothly, thereís always a part that does not.
yeah, I hate buying cars.
understood, thereís a certain part of a car purchase that is fundamentally
very easy. Itís so straightforward and basic that the complexities
involved are easy to miss.
of us know basically what we want.
have a general idea of the needs involved. Are we looking for
something that assists with a commute? Is the vehicle necessary
for work (such as carrying tools and equipment)? Do we need a
lot of passenger space?
of us know, fairly quickly, if weíre in the market for a sedan,
truck or minivan. We know whether we need a wide range of entertainment
options, and have a decent grasp of what we like from a GPS system.
was thinking about this a bit lately because I couldnít make some
decisions about what to do around my house.
I was comparing life to buying a car, and wishing the decisions
were as simple as knowing what I needed.
course, as youíd probably guess, the more I thought about it the
more I decided it was an effort less about knowing my needs and
better suited to comparison with the negotiating a price aspect:
awkward with the occasional second guessing of decisions.
are days when, from the moment we roll out of bed, everything
falls into place. We know what we want to eat. We know what we
want to do. It feels comfortable, likely enjoyable, and we move
smoothly from one activity to the next.
then there are the days where everything is wrong. You forgot
to wash your clothes for work, so right out of the gate youíre
scrambling. Thereís nothing on TV and you donít feel like meandering
through the offerings on streaming services. Maybe the power goes
out. Youíre two steps behind as the sun rises, never find a rhythm
to the day, and then top it all off when you canít get to sleep
after the sun sets.
lot of work goes into organizing chaos. Thoughts and actions that
prepare us for what we need to do. (And a lack of thoughts and
actions that set everything up to settle into place however it
is simple. Even when it feels right.