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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!