Looking for a new truck in St. Louis:
Sat I had found a truck in Troy which I foolishly thought was only 10 minutes away. (it was 50). So we rushed across town to look at it. It looked great on the surface. But under the seats all the metal was rusty like it had been in a flood. The underneath was rusty and missing bolts in areas as well. The wheel wells had red paint on them underneath the nice new paint. We didn't even test drive it. Nothing was on the car fax but that's not hard to get around. We think it was a flood truck or something. Very nice upholstery and paint job on the surface though.
Just down the road from the mom and pop shop was a big chevy dealer. I had only been looking at dodges till then but we decided to stop.
The truck I walked out on was basically the same truck I ended up buying in Tulsa but a year older and twice the miles (and not Z71). We went back and forth with the dealer a few times on price and finally got them to say x amount plus $1500 for the new tires they had already ordered but didn't have yet.
I told them I had to leave town and couldn't wait on new tires anyway, would they take the X amount and no new tires? I would buy my own. The salesman goes to ask the manager and I hear and some bad words
from the manager. The salesman comes back and says they will do x amount plus $500. They won't take the whole amount of the tires off even though that is what they say they cost. So...we said no thanks.
I think basically it came down to it was Saturday night at 5pm and maybe they wanted to go home cause they didn't want to sell a truck.
Sat. night on the long drive back to Tulsa I kept kicking myself about letting that truck go over $500. But it was the way they went about it that really made me say no in the end.
Meanwhile Lowes asked my friend if we could move Sunday because they were going to work on that area of the parking lot. But we had nothing to move it with! One of the midas guys rescued us on Monday and moved us over some. The Lowe's manage was very understanding and friendly btw. My facebook friend Connie also offered to help us and made some phone calls, I have never met her in person but she is a lovely lady!
One good thing I did learn is that my heater will run 4+ nights on the 2 6 volt batteries and it still had a charge when we left Tuesday. One propane bottle emptied though, we think it wasn't completely full to begin with though.