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Dec 2, 2005

Unintentional White Lie
I made a mistake. Did you hear that? I just admitted I made a mistake! Everyone, quick! Do a screen shot and save those words!!

Here is the mistake. I bought a 2005 Nissan Xterra SE. Not a 2006. Doh!

I really thought I was buying a 2006! It wasn't until I called the insurance company yesterday to give them the VIN number that I realized it was a 2005. It's still a brand new car, and before they drove it to Dallas for me, it had about 30 or 40 miles on it. But I (and my mother) was utterly convinced I was buying a 2006. Now in my defense, the saleman NEVER said 2005 when we were talking. It wasn't quite bait and switch, but he really should have said 2005 at least once in the conversations we had. He just kept saying "New Xterra SE" He misled me. I just don't know if it was intentional (in order to sell the car...it was the end of the month and all) or just a miscommunication. And honestly, I got a really good deal, and had I know it was a 2005 to begin with, I would have bought it anyway. But yesterday, oh my word...my entire family was in a tizzy over this...Another time when working with family is good--your parents can sympathize with you in person and understand when you need to call the dealership to bitch them out during work...So in any case, I am now the proud owner of a 2005 Nissan Xterra SE...
posted by Ty @ 12/02/2005
4 Comments:
At 8:28 AM, December 03, 2005, Blogger Indigo said...

congrats on finishing NaNo!

About the 2005/2006 thing. Actually it's not so bad that you got the 2005. When you go to sell it, you'll have less miles on it than you would if it had been a 2006, in retrospect to the year. KWIM?

For example: If you sell it in one year (and I'm sure you won't) it'll only have 15,000 miles on it and be a 2 year old car. People will flock to the low mileage. If it was a 2006 car, with 15,000 miles on it, that's just normal.

That's at least the way I look at it. :-) Glad you got a good deal!

 
At 10:49 AM, December 04, 2005, Blogger Adelle said...

I would definitely let them know that they mislead you, though. Usually the dealer will call and ask how things went. I would tell them.

Even so, congrats on the new vehicle! :)

 
At 9:10 AM, December 05, 2005, Blogger Ty said...

Thanks Indigo...hadn't thought of it that way!

Adelle, I so did...And I will make note of it on the survey they had asked me to mark excellent on...

 
At 2:59 PM, December 07, 2005, Blogger Stacy said...

Congrats on the car! Just out of curiosity, what did the sticker on the car say? If it said 2005, then it's going to be really tough to claim anyone was misled.

I'm all for blaming car dealers for shady sales practices but by the same token, when we're spending that kind of money, we need to practice our own due diligence and make sure we know what we're buying!

I didn't mean for this to get all accusatory, just didn't want you to call the dealer and have them tell you what I just did...LOL. They probably thought you knew what you were buying!

 

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