I sure hope not. Personally I test drive a wide range of vehicles
before setting my sites on what I want to buy. Don't you try on a
number of options in new clothes or shoes before picking the ones to
buy? I sure do.
For clothing, I choose 1 - 3 options in each - whether it's color or sizes
that will possibly "work" - to try on. Same with cars: I narrow it down to
2 - 3 choices via plenty of research first (usually 2 - 3 months' worth of
reading & sifting through). *Then* I go to the dealerships to test drive,
to make sure I personally like what I've read about. So, by the time I get
to a dealership to actually start the shopping process, I'm sure I'm already
quite interested in a couple/three certain makes & models, right down to
which options I do or don't want.
The internet makes that fairly easy also. I've done the same right down to
the last option and color. By the time I hit the showroom, I've got a
pretty good idea of what the cost should be and the test drive is more of an
"approval" of what I expect to find.
My criteria is:
Has to look good
Price range of what I want to spend
Have a reputation for quality (in spite of what we read here, probably 80%
of all car fit that today)
Be the size and comfort level I want
Looks are subjective but I have my prejudices. I won't buy anything from
Chrysler, Saab, some Jags, some Benzes, the Ford 500, while I don't like the
Fusion, I do like the Milan, the new Camry, etc. I don't car what they
offer in price, quality, or value, I don't want them in my driveway.
I don't really trust test-runs. I do my shopping for big-ticket items by
seeking out those who own the products first. By the time I walk into the
store/dealership, I already have a pretty good idea of what I want.
From there, I test drive to get the feel of the car, but the parameters are
already in mind.
I should mention that despite my gender, I absolutely *hate* hands-on
shopping. I'm a researching type.
its not even really that pretty or a car.. i dont like the way the back end
bows.. reminds me too much of a victoria on the top and then it is kind of
squared in the back.. kind of a wanna be honda accord...
Hard to say. IMO, the new Camry front end is ugly and for that reason I did
not even consider buying one when I bought my car. I'd just not get caught
owning one. The Accord exterior is nice, but the dash is rather blah
looking. Seeing them together may be enough to persuade me to go with the
I agree about the look of the Camry. Really a dull-looking car, IMO. But
there is no way I'd choose a Saturn over it - unless I financially had no
choice. Even then, I'd look at a Yaris or something.
And a nice driver. I test drove one, but decided against it strictly
because of price. I decided not to spend that much on any car, but I'd buy
one if I decide to go to that price range. Limited stickers about 35k. I
know a Lexus driver that prefers his wife's Avalon over his 330.
Not so huge as it may look. We have a '97 Camry and a 2003 Avalon, which,
when my wife first drove it, thought that it was too big. But I prevailed
and we bought it anyway. Then I measured it and found that the Avalon is 6
inches longer, and 3 inches wider at the bottom of the windows. It seems
much larger when you sit in the two cars, but it's not that much bigger.
And yes, it's pricey, but we bought a year old one from Hertz auto sales,
for less than a new Camry would have cost, and got a sunrroof, alloy wheels,
all leather interior, a six CD changer, driving lights, a compass (display)
and oodles more. We're very happy with it, and you can drive it 500 miles
in a day and not feel as if you're crippled at the end of the day.
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