I bought a new car today. The people at the dealership were great. The sales person is, in my opinion, the best in the business. It's not the people that make buying cars from dealers so dreadful. It's the process. I hate the process.
It's all fun and games when you are test driving the ride of choice. What a great car! You can't wait to take it home! When you decide to "pull the trigger" and invest in something that is going to depreciate faster then Eric Chenowith his senior season at KU, the fun and games turns to pure horror.
Again, the people were great. I want to be their friend in "real life." They bent over backwards for me. They went the extra mile. But even the greatest, most kind hearted person cant make the process enjoyable. They could have a masseuse give you a back rub, feed you chocolate, and give you beer .. the process would still be torture.
So the "process" begins. First comes the haggle, then the paperwork, then you are sent to the business manager's office. More paperwork. They look over your credit, ask what you earn, question you about your bank accounts. They want your height, weight, favorite soda, most embarrassing moment .. after 2 hours, finally the last signature. When it's all over .. you don't even want to enjoy the new car. You just want to get home and take a cold shower.
I told the salesperson (who really was awesome) that I hated the "process." She understood. I had the feeling that if she could do anything about it .. she would .. but the process of buying a car is something that everyone should experience once. It's a learning experience. It makes you want to take care of that car .. forever! .. So you never have to buy a car again :)