Following a New Car Shopper Through The Entire Process

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No matter how well a person thinks he or she knows cars, it is always a good idea to seek out the expertise of others when purchasing a new or used vehicle. Patricia Hinklie, a retired mother of three from Claypool Hill, Virginia, decided that the time was right to replace her elderly vehicle with a new one, and she invited us along for the ride as she narrowed down the field.

A self described oddity, Hinklie made her first information stop at a truck stop along Interstate 95. Hinklie walked in and bellowed out, “who can tell me about cars!” She received a range of responses from the bemused diners. One diner told her that Ford was started in Dearborn, Michigan. A husband let her know that the Model T once accounted for more than half of all the cars in the world back in 1916. His wife knew that the first Mustang was launched in April of 1964. A rather burly man with a fair number of tattoos told her that the average American driver curses about 32,000 times in his lifetime behind the wheel. He also informed her that he personally had surpassed that number long ago. Generally, aside from an out of place man in a suit (whose contribution was the fact that the first car insurance policy was issued in 1897 in Westfield, Massachussetts), the room seemed fond of Ford as a brand. “I was happy to hear others confirm my view on that,” said Hinklie. “I prefer to buy American when I can.”

The next step was to try to find out which dealer she wanted to buy from, as she had a few different options for Ford Claypool Hill VA. “I went out to all of the Ford dealers in the area,” she said. “I asked to test drive new vehicles and used vehicles at each one, and I was very clear that I was not looking to buy on that particular visit. I basically told them all that at that point of the process, I was dealership shopping, not car shopping.”

We met up with Hinklie about three weeks after those excursions, and she was thrilled to show off her new truck, which she ultimately purchased from Freedom ford, a Ford dealer in Claypool Hill. “They were not the only Ford dealer to pass my initial tests,” she said, noting that she refused to shop at any dealership that harried her or tried to give her the hard sell. “There were actually two or three Ford dealers in the area where I would have been happy to spend my money. Freedom just had the best selection of trucks, and I am a lady that likes my horsepower.”

6 Responses to Following a New Car Shopper Through The Entire Process

  1. Glen Hold says:

    Why would anybody want to buy a car in Virginia? You have the some great public transportation in that area!

  2. That is not always possible. I will say that I prefer leasing to owning. If you get a bad car, you are not stuck with it for life.

  3. Kenneth Cox says:

    That is not always possible. I will say that I prefer leasing to owning. If you get a bad car, you are not stuck with it for life.

  4. Hugh Fleming says:

    That is not always possible. I will say that I prefer leasing to owning. If you get a bad car, you are not stuck with it for life.

  5. Tyler Risher says:

    That is not always possible. I will say that I prefer leasing to owning. If you get a bad car, you are not stuck with it for life.

  6. Pat Hicks says:

    That is not always possible. I will say that I prefer leasing to owning. If you get a bad car, you are not stuck with it for life.

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