The deal is done. My new 2006 Jeep Wrangler was officially purchased on Thursday the 29th of June. Since it was almost the last day of the month, I was able to garner a sweet deal from Central Jeep of Norwood, MA. To get the deal done, I made them jump through a long list of hoops and they met every challenge that I threw at them.
After spending multiple hours on the internet looking for the right Jeep, I rented a car on Wednesday to visit a couple dealerships to find out exactly what colors and options I wanted for my new Jeep Wrangler. I initially went to Central Jeep, as there site had said that there were 90 Wranglers in stock at the time. I figured that this would be a great place to start the search. After looking around the lot for about an hour without any assistance, I noted my likes and dislikes and moved on to the next dealership.
I then drove to Brigham-Gill Jeep in Natick, MA. By the time I arrived, I new that I wanted a silver Jeep with the 30″ tire package and a soft top only. No hard tops. Again, I was forced to wait a while for a sales person to assist, but they did finally show up. I have real issue, when I am trying to pay $25,000 for a vehicle, that someone doesn’t run out and at the very least greet me.
After a brief look at the inventory for Brigham-Gill, I did find a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport that caught my eye. Everything was there, except that it came with the dual top option, which is something that I did not want. So the haggling began. The haggling went on for a while, and it got to the point where were $200 apart. In other words, had they dropped another $200, I would have signed immediately. Once we reached this point, the Sales Manager came over and informed me that they were closed and that I would need to leave a deposit and come back tomorrow. He wasn’t even polite about this, in fact he was overtly rude. After being extremely pressured to write them a check for a deposit, I told them to f*ck off and that I, and my money, was gone. I would not recommend them to anyone.
I then proceeded to slug it back home, dejected by the lack of positive steps in my progress to purchase a new Jeep Wrangler. I made it back home, ordered a lot of unhealthy fried foods and proceeded to ramp up my search again. Knowing exactly what I wanted, I searched all Jeep dealerships within 150 miles of our apartment for just the right vehicles. Any vehicle that I found, I would email the price that I wanted to pay for said vehicle, including tax tag and title.
At 9 o’clock the next morning, I received an email from the sales manager at Central Jeep. They had jilted me the night before, so I was not overly excited, but I thought what the hell. They had just sent me an email free of the bullshit that most dealerships like to send your way when attempting to purchase a new vehicle. The email simply read “Here is our price (it was the price that I wanted). When can you come down?” The deal that I wanted was a doozy. In fact, it is even slightly better than the employee discount being offered on similar vehicles at the moment.
I called the sales manager shortly thereafter, and told him that I wished to purchase the vehicle. The one catch was that I hate car dealerships, and I wanted to come down after work and drive it off of the lot. After some deliberation, we ultimately determined that the only way to accomplish this was to do the financing app over the phone, and then have a sales person drive 20 miles to my office to sign paperwork, then drive back to the dealership in time to process the paperwork through the Mass RMV. This would involve the work of a few people for sure.
The process started smoothly enough. Then the first snag hit. I had recently lost my wallet and there was a fraud alert on my credit report. I had to scurry to scrounge up every piece of information related to my existence in a relatively short period of time. We were finally able to work through that snag, when my insurance company decided to move slowly on the needed binder for my new car. After all of the paperwork was complete, the salesman was finally on the way. The snags ultimately forced the salesman to drive to Boston at 3 in the afternoon, which isn’t the easiest job. The worse part being that he would be driving back in rush hour, just as everyone else was leaving Boston.
The signing of the paperwork was an extremely quick process. Overall, it took about 15 minutes to sign off the needed papers. After this the salesman was back on the road, with about 2 and a half hours to go in order to complete all paperwork with the RMV. After work, I hopped on the commuter rail, where the salesman picked me up and drove my to my new Jeep Wrangler. The pick up process was extremely easy. After arriving at the dealership, the salesman handed me the keys and I left.
So you’re probably wondering what Jeep did I buy.
The new Jeep is a silver 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. And the best part is that I was able to purchase it for about $100 more than the schmucks at Brigham-Gill wanted for a Sport.