Saturday, December 31, 2016

Replacing the poomobile

The poomobile was totaled in the accident on December 23. Once Progressive alerted me that they were going to pay it out, I had 72 hours to give up the rental vehicle or I would be forced to pay for the rental out of my own wallet.

I had to find a new (to me) vehicle, and pronto.

I have spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort improving my credit in the last couple of years and it ended up paying off in what turned out to be essentially an emergency situation. I easily qualified for a new loan.

I went shopping at Mercedes Benz of Tucson. I didn't have plans to buy a new Mercedes (I don't make that kind of money). But, they have a fantastic selection of used cars and I'm acquainted with Natasha Rogerson, one of the salespersons at the dealership. She was a guest on the tv show a few years ago and we're friends on Facebook.

Four hours at the dealership from start to finish and a hug later, I drove off in a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn. The experience of purchasing a vehicle there was amazing. I've had the vehicle several days now and the car has exceeded every expectation I had.

I have asked for suggestions on Facebook as to what name it should get. I've had interesting suggestions like Black Beauty, Black Stallion, and the funniest one was Melenamobile. Melena is the condition where there's blood in your stool and it turns your poo black. (It can also happen after taking an over the counter medication like Pepto Bismol). Kind of a take off of poomobile. I haven't decided yet but that's currently my favorite choice.

2014 Cadillac, one of the vehicles I considered.
It's a beautiful car but the interior is a bright yellow/tan color
and it's kind of obnoxious

2015 Jeep Renegade, another vehicle I considered
It's a nice little truck but Jeeps don't have the best
reputation for being reliable

I looked at this 2014 Chrysler 300
It's a gigantic car, I felt it was too large for me

2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

Sitting at Natasha's desk while she went to the sales manager's office

A few of the new Mercedes in the showroom
wrapped in gift bows for the holidays

Cars in matte finishes are all the rage these days.
This new Mercedes is $137,000

They have their own water!

This stunning new Mercedes convertible
has a sticker price of only $250,000.
For that price, it should do sexual things to me while I drive.

Coffee spilled on Natasha's desk.
It's fake!

Swag bag I got from Natasha

The Jetta has lights on the dash that I have never seen
including that round green light which is actually a shoe
in the middle, which means push on the brake pedal
before pushing the keyless start button.
DRL indicates Daytime Running Lights are on.

The Jetta at my house, front view.

The Jetta's butt

The Jetta has a really big trunk.
I could put several adult bodies in there.

Interior, and because it's sunny it looks grey in the photo
but it's actually black.

Back seat, the red stitching is part of the accent
that comes with the Autobahn package

Jetta, side view.
I'm back in business thanks to Natasha and Mercedes Benz of Tucson!