I suppose this is mostly just a rant, but I am looking for a little advice, too…
My Fiancee and I have been looking at new and used cars for the last six months or so. We have been looking primarily at Honda Accords and Civics, and we really had our eye on a 2003 or 2004 Honda or Civic EX. Well, last week her car broke down finally, and she needed to get a new one right away. So, on her day off she goes to the local Ford dealer to test drive a few cars. I do not know why she did not go to the Honda dealer…something attracted her to the Ford dealer.
Now, the initial plan was that she was going to find a car that she liked, and then we would both test drive it. She would find a car at the dealership and I would go there on my lunch break to check it out. If we both liked the car then we would get financed and both pay for the car. You see, we plan on getting married in July, so paying for a car together is seemingly no big deal.
It was at this point that things went horribly, horribly wrong. About halfway through the day she calls me to say that she has picked out a car that she really likes and that she is going to try to get financed. Not too concernced so far, I ask her what kind of car it is. It is a 2004 Ford Focus SE. Amazed that she would consider this particular car, I ask her what it is that attracts her to the car. Apparently the car is red, and it reminds her of her old red car that she really, really liked. Also, she thinks it is cute. The financing goes through, and sure enough, she buys the car. The total to drive the car off the lot, after adding on a five year bumper-to-bumper extended warranty and sales tax is around $13,000.
She bought the car on Monday. Today is the first day that I had an opportunity to drive the car. Compared to the Hondas that we were looking at, this car SUCKS! As soon as I got onto the highway, it sounded as though I was flying a crop duster over a Kansas wheat field. I had to turn my sports radio talk show up so loud that I thought my ears were going to start bleeding. The brakes make a horrible noise whenever you actually attempt to use them, which is something that I feel I ought to do periodically. All in all, I HATE this car.
Since I am going to be paying for this car as well, don’t you think that perhaps I should have been able to take it for a test drive before she purchased it? I would like to return this car and start over, but after doing some looking it does not look as though the state of Kansas has any sort of Buyer’s Remorse laws. Any suggestions? Do you think there is any way we can return this car and get another? I have no problem paying several thousand more for another car. She knows this, and we could afford it. I have not called the dealership yet, as everything is completely under her name, and I imagine that she would need to call. I am totally dreading the argument that is going to happen when I tell her that I do not like, no…that I HATE the car she picked out and I want nothing to do with it.
I also ought to mention that I am probably going to be driving this car about 60% of the time that it is driven. My Fiancee works as a case manager for the homeless, and doesn’t really want them and their various bodily discharges getting all over the interior of the new car. So, on days that she has to take a client somewhere, I drive the new car.