Follow your brain instead of your heart

When I stopped at the Budget Rental Car desk, the clerk offered a choice of a Nissan Altima or a VW Beetle. The decision was easy, I took the Beetle. I love the Beetle.

I like the way they look. I like the way they handle. I like the roomy interior (at least in the front seat).


I know the Beetle well since I’ve had two of them. My first Beetle was a used car, and I enjoyed it so much that two years later, I bought a new one making us a two Beetle family…one for me and one for Emily when she turned 16.

However, what a mistake! Not long after the second Beetle was purchased, the repairs on the first started. Not big things, but everything had to be done by the dealer. Changing a battery or a headlight couldn’t be done by the owner. And don’t dare use a non-VW part. Nothing’s compatible.

Break downs on the Interstate. Towed vehicles. A headlight that fell out while driving down the road. AAA the best investment ever as an owner of a Beetle.

Nevertheless, I was immediately attracted to the “new” New Beetle. (The new beetle from the early 2000s is no longer in production…I wonder why?)

Since we’re in the market for a car, I looked up the reviews of this new and improved version of the car I love and found bad news…rated one of the worst cars in its class by Consumer Reports. I won’t make this mistake again. Car buying needs to be guided by research not by emotion. It’s time to get facts, read reviews, find a quality, reliable vehicle and then make a purchase based on what my brain tells me, not what my heart says.

Buying a car is a big purchase, follow your brain instead of your heart.



Verizon v. Volkswagen

The offer of new, free iPhones was too good to pass up so we decided to deal with the insanity on a Sunday afternoon. The Verizon store in the Villages was crowded, but after only about ten minutes I was talking to a young man armed with an iPad ready to assist.

He verified that we were eligible for upgrades and a $200 recycling credit for each phone so we started the ordering process. He explained that it would take approximately three weeks for the phones to be delivered…no problem.


Then the ordering process began. A process that took over two hours. And finally after processing the order five times due to “glitches in the system” we were on our way with no phones but a couple of sheets of paper.

As we left I realized that buying a couple of iPhones at Verizon was more difficult and more time consuming that buying a Volkswagen Beetle.

In October, 2003 I drove past AutoMax and saw a green VW Beetle on the lot. In less time than it takes to purchase an iPhone, I traded my Chevy Lumina and drove off in the Beetle. Not only was it faster to negotiate a price, get approved for a loan, and clean out my old car, I didn’t have to wait three weeks for the VW to be delivered.


The last phone arrived yesterday. Seventeen days after the debacle at Verizon. Who’d have thought it would be easier to buy a car than a phone?

I only hope the phone works better than the VW!