After…three weeks? I think?…we were finally able to buy a new (used) car! YAY!!!! Although, STILL, not without some hiccups. The transfer from Norwood to Warwick was supposed to take three to four days, business days, which with the holiday, meant that yesterday (Wednesday) was day #4. No word from CarMax. I emailed the person I was working with there to see if she had any updates for me, but it was towards the end of the workday, so I didn’t expect to hear back until today. This morning, I called the Warwick location to see what they could tell me. The guy I spoke to said the car is there, it’ll be cleaned and ready in about half an hour, but there’s some issue with the title. He didn’t know exactly what, but he was going to find out and have someone get back to me.
GREAT. More title problems. An hour or two later, I got a text from the person I emailed telling me that everything was ready and we should make an appointment to test drive (and hopefully buy) the car. I asked her if the title issue was resolved. She said “it appears to be” and I should wait for the office confirmation to be sure. Uh huh. I called again and spoke to someone who said it was all sorted out. So yay! Only a couple of hours of frustration this time.
We were in the middle of failing to get Jack to sleep for his nap, so we put some snacks and toys in a couple of tote bags, put him in the car seat, and headed to CarMax. For the third time. Jack fell asleep on the way up, naturally (and GOOD), so I dropped John off at the entrance around 1:45 and drove in circles for another 15 minutes before they were ready for us.
The test drives went well, the car was (is) in good shape, and we were ready to buy! And even then, even without having to jump through any more hoops or dealing with any of the usual dealer bullshit, it was STILL 5:30 before we left. SO MANY HOURS. Jack was really great, but he was losing it during the last hour, and we were, too. He didn’t want to eat, he didn’t want to read truck books, he didn’t want to play with his toy phone or toy tablet. He just wanted to run around the place and push rolling chairs down the hallway. That worked (kind of) when one of us could stay with him while the other answered questions and filled out paperwork, but at the end, we both had to read things and sign things, and he was driving everyone nuts. Which is when I remembered the magic of YouTube. Three Sesame Street shorts and two truck videos later, we were the proud owners of a new car.