Meghan's Aunt Julie and I had a blast looking for cars for her. After spending one weekend looking at all of the options for the type of car she wanted (Small SUV / Wagon / Crossover) she ended up liking the Ford Taurus X. With 3 kids and 4 dogs, Julie needed some room.
And I have to say the car is quite impressive! You can fold down 3 rows of seats (including the front passenger seat) and put a 10 foot ladder or kayak in the car and close the trunk!
So long story short, we then started looking for the RIGHT 2008 Taurus X since there aren't too many used ones out there. There was one in Indy, one in Columbus, but after broadening our search to 200 miles, we found a dealership that had 38 of them! ROAD TRIP! The group of dealers was about 3 hours west of Indy.
I told Julie if we couldn't find a good one here we might not find one (since they had so many of them). After mapping out where all of the Taurus X's were at each dealer, we headed out. I wore an American Flag T-shirt to blend in as we headed out into the heart of America. We passed several pro-gun signs including my favorite:
"Gun sports are safe and fun, there's no need to fear a gun" (I am from a blue state, so this stuff is a riot to me).
The car "salesman" couldn't have been more laid back, basically Toby from the Office was our car salesman, unlike the others we had worked with he was so laid back. We arrived shortly after breakfast in case we were going to visit all 6 dealers, and we had some time to look at the cars ourselves. We drove a few contenders. This car has a lot of pick-up and I accidentally peeled out trying to put the car through the paces, with 263hp the car moves impressively well for its size. After a few test drives and some calls to the other dealers, Julie found the car she wanted and I think she got a good deal. We saved $2,500 from the Indy guys, and Julie got a dozen roses and a gas card.
We even had out picture taken with their mascot horse, Top Kick!
All in all it was a fun trip, a complete 180 from the experiences we had at other dealers and Julie found what she was looking for in a car at a good price. Like Julie said, "It was nice to go to a dealer and not feel like you got beat up!"
I'd highly recommend looking into the Bob Ridings chains of car lots, probably your best bet is if you are in the market for a used car.