Day to buy a pickup truck!....not!
Trip Start May 11, 2007
4Trip End May 23, 2007
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On looking through the mag we decided that many private sellers were way overpriced and not even worth looking at, or had extremely high mileages as lots of Texas trucks seem to.
So we thought we'd spend the day looking at dealers' yards and talking to them, but we didn't know that no truck dealers were open on Sundays! Well except 2 who didn't open on a Saturday so they could open on a Sunday.
So we got the laptop out and trotted off to the two dealers, who ended up being hours apart.
At one yard they weren't open after all but we walked about and checked a few trucks out, thinking we would look at them on the Monday if it was worthwhile. While we were there it was roasting hot, and the yards were mostly covered in huge sun shades, that covered around 100 cards each. It made it nicer having shade but we tried to walk only in the shade as it was just SO HOT. Then a security guard told us the shades were to stop hail damage, not the sun. Apparently the hailstones are as big as golf balls...expensive to fix those dents.
No joy at all really on the Sunday so come early Monday morning I started ringing some dealers I had marked out on the Saturday. We decided to head north for 1 1/2 hours to McKinney to a huge truck dealer yard there - with some 300 trucks in stock we pretty much decided there would be one there for us.
But no - all salesman talk, no action. While we were driving to that dealer the one we talked to on Saturday near the RV dealer rang to say he had a truck, and the way he described it we thought it would be a waste of time, especially since it would be a 3 hour drive from McKinney
We got to Athens just on 5pm and saw a red Dodge Ram on the way in, but thought there was no way it could be that was as it was a newer model and looked like new too. By then it was torrential rain so the salesman said he would go and get the truck he told us about and bring it around to the front under cover so we could look at it. He did end up bringing the truck we saw, and we couldn't believe it. It was like new inside and out and the price was $5g below anything we had seen similar on ebay.
So we did a deal and I spent over an hour on the phone jacking up insurance for it. We still had the rental of course, and had not paid for the truck but the salesman said just go for it and take it back to Dallas so we could drop the rental car off. So I hooked up the laptop/GPS on the front seat of the truck and with Mike following in the rental we headed off in the rain and almost darkness back to those horrible Dallas motorways. Before either Mike or I will watch the map on the computer so we could see well in advance, but I was on my own! It was freaky, there was lots of traffic, it was dark and raining and Mike was trying to keep me in sight too. But we made it back to Dallas and checked in to another (cheaper $56) hotel that was better than the one we had stayed in next door (but was full). We were exhausted though, but glad we had found a truck...now we just had to wait for the money to go through from New Zealand in time so we could start heading north.