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Posted on 2005.10.26 at 22:22
Mood: dorkydorky
Music: arcade fire - neighborhood 3 (power cut)
got to drive a legacy gt wagon today, a short jaunt to a gas station to fill it up so a returning customer could see what it's like on the freeway.

even with the heavy 5-door body and a slushbox (automatic transmission), the thing has cojones. i had to give the throttle a quick stab to merge into a traffic gap, and it was just... ready on a moment's notice. the surefootedness of AWD is incredible; with the same inputs my BMW would have been trying to kick the ass end out and requiring correction. this thing just said... "point where you wanna go, kid, i'll handle the rest".

we did a shorter test drive yesterday, and today he again had to leave abruptly because his lunch was over, but we got as far as discussing trade-in value on his bmw 5er wagon before he had to bail. in parting i said "hope we see you by again soon" and he responded with "deal", so my first commission is looking likely. 10 cars a month means you're up to speed, so if this happens tomorrow (my 3rd day) i'll have hit the ground running.

i can't wait till someone wants to test an STI, so i can say "uh oh, the tank's pretty low on this one, i better get a gas voucher..." :>

can i just say i love this job? i do nothing but discuss and drive cars i lust after. today's 9-hour shift felt like 3 hours at my last gig.

for the last hour before i left, i schooled a coworker on safe turbo upgrade theory, and the positive/negative aspects of increasing/decreasing compression and rod:stroke ratios. by the time i was done, half of the sales force was standing nearby, trying to pretend they weren't listening to me. *grin*

yeah, nothing non-job-related to report, sorry.


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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-27 05:59 (UTC) (Link)
HAH- if it wasn't obvious already, i ain't going nowhere :P
redstickman at 2005-10-27 06:51 (UTC) (Link)
:) good luck!!
the salacious crumpet
kissthecrumpet at 2005-10-27 09:56 (UTC) (Link)
a) hooray for dk!

b) arcade fire makes me nipular.
Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2005-10-27 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
yays :-)

Glad to see you take an honest enjoyment in your product - there could be no better sales tactic, in my opinion. Then again, I have never bought a car.

Just don't end up like that dude in Fargo, mkay? :-P
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-28 16:34 (UTC) (Link)
Just don't end up like that dude in Fargo, mkay? :-P

you know, i still have yet to see that movie in its entirety. which is probably surprising, knowing me. i will BT it now.
betternewthings at 2005-10-27 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
woot. considering how i'm not exactly raking in the bucks right now i'm considering selling cars as a second job.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-28 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
i have to say, man, the fun factor is there.
ice_9 at 2005-10-27 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-28 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
seriously, man, you have to try a stick-shift legacy GT sedan. you'll be surprised. and CR is in the low 8's, so there's "headroom"... :)
ice_9 at 2005-10-28 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
sweet. i may get a chance, actually. my quasi-ex-step-dad needs a new car, since his '92 Cherokee keeps eating parts and his '80 Chevy Custom Deluxe and '69 'Cuda aren't exactly daily drivers.

he wants something with a decent ride and reasonable mileage, and he tends to drive his vehicles over curbs and into the woods, so he wouldn't go for the CTS I was pimping during GM's fire sale. so i figure a Subaru might be a good choice.

what do you think, an Outback? he doesn't like the looks of the Forester, and he thinks the Dub looks like a rally car (go figure).
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-28 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
what do you think, an Outback?

yes. you can get the Outback with the same 2.5l turbo, or a 3.0 flat-six if he doesn't like the feel or idea of a boost mill.

if he doesn't dig the look/feel of the interior on a regular OB, ask to see one of the "L.L.Bean edition" models; they have better leather/wood trim/etc in an attempt to win over the crowd accustomed to caddy/bmw interiors.
ice_9 at 2005-10-28 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
cool, thanks. he'll probably want the 6, cause he's not down with the boost, but i'm sure he won't want leather. he always laughs at his contractor buddy who drives a Chevy 2500 w/ leather seats.
alceria at 2005-10-27 22:47 (UTC) (Link)
Have you sold anything yet?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-28 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
not yet- first return customer called to say his wife nixed the financing on a new car. all of the sales guys have been complaining about what a crap month this has been, too, so nobody's really blinked over the fact that i haven't been able to move anything in the first few days.

however, later on tuesday i test-drove an indian gentlemen and his son in a forester turbo- he came back to see if we had specific color/trim combo last night, and i found what he wanted in the VERY back of the lot.

he said he'd be back today after sleeping on it. so, keeping fingers crossed.
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