Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our new car and why D Dalley Mazda sucks.

Erik and I decided we wanted a Mazda 6 after doing a bunch of research, so we went down to D Dalley Mazda in Murray. DON'T EVER GO THERE! They will take you to the cleaners financially, and they are rude! The salesman showed us some cars in our general price range, and we went out and test drove a 2003 Mazda 6. The engine didn't sound super perfect, it had 86,000 miles on it, and I wasn't completely in love with it. We asked him how much the car was and conveniently it happened to be $9800, the same price we told him a private seller we were looking at was selling his Mazda 6 for (even though his was newer and had lower miles). Erik said he didn't care about the sale price, he wanted to know what the total take home price was after taxes and fees. So the sales guy came back with his boss and they told us it was $11600, almost $2000 more than the original price they gave us. We weren't stupid and knew that taxing and licensing only costs $800, so we told them we couldn't do that. They asked us "So what was the most you wanted to spend on a car?" Erik said "Our budget is $10, 000. We won't spend any more than that." So they told us "you are going to have to find another car then." Erik said "That's fine." The manager was taken back and said "you do understand you are going to have to find a different car, if you won't accept this price." Erik said " Yes, that's fine." So the manager and sales guy were really miffed but said they would take us out to look at some other cars. We got out to the lot and the salesman said he had some Hundai Accents we could look at. I told him no Hundai accents because they were Hundai's lowest line and very unreliable (I had done my research). So he got really angry and said he didn't have anything else for us and just walked off and left us standing there. So we thought they were jerks and decided to never buy from them and to look with private sellers instead.

So I called the guy on craigs list with the Mazda 6 I had been looking at online, we went and test drove it, it was perfect. The guy was super anal about his cars, so the leather was in perfect condition, and so was everything else about the car. It ran perfectly and had no problems. It looked a million time better than any of the ones they showed us at the dealership, and he dropped his price to $9200 So we bought it. They were super nice and drove the car down to us, filled it up with a full tank of gas, and told us everything we needed to know about the car. They were fantastic. It was a much better experience.

So here are pictures of the New Mazda 6S we bought from the add off of craigs list. They do not do this car justice, so I will take some better ones soon when I get a chance.

Here it is from the front. It has a moon roof on the top that is hard to see in this picture.

We think it looks really nice with the suspension drop and low profile tires. It also accelerates very fast since it has a V6 engine. It also has duel exhaust which makes the engine really quiet.

As you can see it has black leather interior, it has radio controls on the steering wheel, it has heated seats as well as a 6 disk front load CD changer. My favorite part is that it has BOSE speakers, so the sound is amazing. The car even has tweeters, so the sound is separated very nicely. It also has climate controls with the AC. All you have to do is set the temperature of the cabin and it will keep it there.

So that is our new car. It is perfect! the only thing it didn't have was an Ipod jack, so yesterday we went to have one installed. Apparently Mazda 6's are a pain when it comes to Ipod jacks. We went around to all the audio places and none of them could install one, and said we needed to go the dealership. As much as we didn't want to, we went over to D Dalley Mazda to get it done. When we got out of the car, Erik asked me "Where is the parts and service section?" The same sales guy we delt with before had just walked outside and heard Erik's question. He yelled at us from accross the lot. "Parts and Services are closed. They closed at 3pm. You are out of luck" He had a very rude tone, and made it quite clear he wanted us to leave. He would only shout at us from the door, and wouldn't come over to talk to us. We were very offended and got in our car and left. We think he was bitter because we rolled up in a car that was much nicer than any of the ones he showed us, and because he didn't make a sale with us. Regardless, it was horrible customer service, and we are writting a letter of complaint to the dealership regarding all of our experiences with them. So we went to Best buy and they were able to install something that would work. So now we can listen to our Ipods in our new car:) Yeah! So you can suck it D Dalley Mazda! You will never get a penny of our money ever!

The nightmares getting your car totaled and why Geico sucks.

So it has been a really long time since I wrote on the blog. Things have been crazy at work, and I have not really had the energy to blog until now since I have had the caseload of 3 therapists. So here is a recap of the last month.
Erik's car got totaled about a month ago while driving down South Temple. Some guy suddenly turned left into oncoming traffic and Erik had no time to hit the brake, and hit him head on. So Erik's front end was completely smashed up. Part of it went into the cabin on the passengers sided. It was bad! I was so grateful Erik wasn't hurt after I arrived on the scene of the accident and saw his car. Thank you guardian angels!

So this last month we have spent our time battling with the insurance company of the guy who hit us. Don't EVER use Gieco they are horrible. The agent never called Erik back and he had to leave lots of messages. He went on vacation without extending Erik's rental car even though they had not made us an offer yet. We were supposed to be able to keep the rental car till they made an offer. So Erik called his supervisor, and he was also out of town for the weekend at a retreat. The girl talking to Erik said "I'm sorry there is nothing I can do, you are going to have to return the car." Erik was very upset about this and said "This is rediculous. I have to give the car back because your agent forgot to do his job? It was your guy that hit me and now I am out of a car." He argued with the girl long enough till she told him he could just keep the rental car and she would take care of it. When Erik finally did get a hold of the guy, he lied and said he had tried to call Erik and couldn't get a hold of him. The agent said "I left you a message." Erik asked him "What number did you call?" He gave Erik a number that was one diget off. Erik called the number just to see, and the voice mail said "Hi! This is Ashley, leave a message." So obviously the guy was lying. It was also interesting that magically they were able to call me to let me know Erik needed to return the rental car, but couldn't call my number when they "couldn't" get a hold of Erik. So yeah the guy was full of crap.

To make things worse when they finally made us an offer after 3 weeks, They offered us $2700 for his 97 Honda Accord when LOW blue book was $3500. Not to mention Erik and his friend Alex had just installed a new transmission themselves. So we thought their offer was ridiculous and would not accept it. So they came back and offered us $3000. Erik did a bunch of research and sent it to them. They made up some lame reason why that didn't apply to Erik's car and refused to pay us more. We would have continued to battle them, but were tired of all of it and needed the money to get a new car. So we took the offer so we could purchase a specific car we wanted before it was not available anymore. So yeah never go with Gieco. They are horrible. I will post how we bought our new car in the next post.