Saturday was a huge success! Which I really appreciated after my disaster Friday (read all about it here http://wp.me/p4pQ0f-W ). My roommate got me to the train station down in Springfield, Mass. in plenty of time. The train was on time and I had a very pleasant 4 1/2 hr ride to Newark, NJ. Jimmy the driver picked me up on time and drove me another hour to the dealership.
When I got there Bob, my sales person, took me around and introduced me to everyone that I had talked to in the process. We went out and looked over the vehicle and I couldn’t have been happier. It had more bells and whistles than I had imagined. The best part was the second row was a bench seat and it folded perfectly flat. The other one I had looked at had bucket seats that didn’t fold flat and I would have had to find somewhere to store them. So this was the best surprise ever.
We went for a test drive and it drove perfectly. With only 33k miles on it, I expected it to but you never know. Back at the dealership we did all the paperwork. I did end up buying the extended warranty as it covered everything except maintenance items for 5 years or 75,000 miles. I thought if there were ever an instance where an extended warranty would pay off, traveling across the country and towing a travel trailer would be it.
While we were waiting for the insurance cards Bob walked me across the street to an RV dealership to introduce me to his friend there. He answered some questions for me and I bought a set of extension side mirrors for when I’m towing.
Back at the dealership, the insurance cards never came, even after 2 calls so I decided to take off. The 5 hour drive home included a stop at my favorite restaurant Chipotles and other than that was smooth and uneventful. I used about a half tank of gas and the on board computer said the avg. was 14.2 miles per gallon which I thought was pretty good. That wasn’t for this one trip but for the vehicle over time. So at least I have something to compare to over time.
So Step 1 (sold T-Bird) and 2 (buy SUV) are complete. Now I just need to sell the Subaru and everything else I own, pick up my Trailer and hit the road!