I have so much to tell you this week. I still can’t believe it myself.
After two owners, eight years and just about 230,000 miles, I think, I believe, I have finally found a car.
You have been with me on this long drawn out drive for over a year now, and I can’t thank you enough for being my sounding board, and emailing me your thoughts and opinions.
Remember, just about this time last year, I almost bought the Rav 4 and I walked away at the very last minute. Something was telling me it was just not the right deal, or car for me, and we have to listen to our instincts, usually they are right.
Thank goodness St. Thomas Aquinas had the 6 p.m. Mass and the finance person was running late, or things might have turned out differently.
It warms my heart so much when we run into each other in the grocery store or out and about, and you say “Hey, Sherry, what did you decide to do about your car?” or “Hey, do you still have that car?” Too cute.
As life would have it, I had finally made the decision to stop looking for a car, knowing that if I were to break down on my short distances around our towns that you or someone else would pick me up or give me a ride. The truth is, I love my old car, we’ve been through a lot together. I decided to drive her until she could go no further.
Bart finally came to terms with my not being able to give up my paid for old car, my not wanting to take on a car payment, too. Just the other day he said something like, “Sherry, I have decided your car has become a classic.”
Bart always stresses that it’s hard to go wrong today with a recent year car or SUV. In many ways, they are all very similar, you just have to find the one that is right or you, your budget and of course, timing always comes into play.
Since I made my decision, we still have been spending a lot of time in car dealerships, but not for me. The great thing is we have met so many nice salespeople along the way. Good people and places need to be celebrated. My only problem was that until just a few hours ago I was only going to tell you about four great men that we have worked with, and that hit me funny. How did we not end up working with one woman salesperson through the entire process?
Today that all changed. Right after that first big snow storm we had in early December, both girls decided that because their jobs require them to travel great distances in the winter, storms or no storms, and it was time for them to leave their older front wheel drive cars for SUVs that were heavier, 4-wheel drive and most importantly to me that had a few new safety features.
Meredith found her car quick and efficiently first and I will tell you more about that down the road. Mackensie, on the other hand, had been on quite a roller coaster, thinking she had found the right deal, only to realize that I guess you could say, the timing wasn’t quite right.
You know how that is, you are so close, but then the price you can afford doesn’t happen or it’s the wrong model. I know we disappointed some great salespeople too, that were so very patient with us. We can’t thank them enough. First there was Josh Lawrence of Bonneville & Son right in Manchester. Josh was taking texts from us at all times of the day and evening. If you are looking for a Jeep of any kind contact Josh! The words honest and fair describe this young man.
Next, we headed to AutoFair Honda and God bless Keith Rodriguez. We had met with Keith probably a month before, and then we contacted him again. I know we got his hopes up and he went above and beyond to try and find us the right deal not once but twice, but it had to be the timing. If you're looking for a Honda, give Keith a call.
What AutoFair Honda has that no other dealership does is our own Jim Nartiff of Londonderry, a manager there. Having him represent company says it all for us. Jim and his family have always been there to help in our communities. From sports to our Rotary, or anything else that is needed My hat goes off to Jim Nartiff and his wonderful family. Call Jim with any car questions you have. His warm, caring smile can brighten any day, and his wife Corrie is a breath of fresh air, too
I had planned to jump right in and tell about what I “think” is going to happen later today. John has a saying in sales though, never get your hopes up or plan on something going through until the paperwork is signed. As we all know things can change in an instant.
On a side note, I have to thank our own Amphora Restaurant. After hours of “wheeling and dealing” the four of us sat down to enjoy warm and healing Avgolemono soup, the most amazing appetizer we have had in a long time — Eggplant Fritzers — not to mention our meals and salads. Peter Tsoupelis, the owner, is another one of those people, who does more for our communities, behind the scenes, than you could ever imagine.
It looks like there will have to be a "Wheeling and dealing, Part 2" next week, so I can tell you what happened and how everything changed today just a few hours ago.
Life is so unpredictable and often just when we think we have it figured it out, things change.
Thank goodness for great people like these who are patient and kind and take care of us along the way.
Sherry Farrell is Londonderry Town Clerk and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.