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A great car buying experiancePosted Sunday, June 27, 2010, at 8:29 PM
The Kia Soul Ghost
We had someone fix our old Subaru and put a clutch in it and the older truck runs great but no AC.
So we though we'd look around at cars, used of course and see what we would like.
We already knew we'd have to take a loan out and get a newer vehicle, just how much and what kind we were not certain. After a bunch looked at, online and in person we looked at local dealerships.
I had a Toyota I traded off for my husbands' truck and I loved that vehicle and have always had good results with a Toyota (257,000 miles and going strong)and also Subaru.
I went to the local Toyota dealership and was looking at several different vehicles, one stood out as eclectic and odd like me, The Cube, but was a wee out of our price range.
So back to the drawing board to look. I kept going back to looking at Kias.
We tried dealerships in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, and settled to looking at the Kias' in Tullahoma on Memorial day.
Small Dealership, but very friendly folks.
I was looking at some of the smaller Kias, and was very impressed with the mileage they got plus the power that they had. The Optima was very nice and had a lot of power and room! The Rio5 was one I was really looking at hard but needed a little more room for teens to get in and out.
All the sudden one came back to the lot that the salesperson said I might need to look at. It was called the Soul and this one was the Ghost model. ( Perfect name for the Goth in me) It was a greyish/dove colour, and was really cool looking.,
It was Destiny....This model had everything I was really wanting, enough room for teens, great stereo (Sirius radio) ,leather, ac/cruise/great engine,sunroof, gas mileage that is good, a million mile power train warranty and best of all the speakers light up in time to the music. (that is my sons' fave thing.)
I got down to brass tacks.
We needed a car. Did we need new? Did we want someone elses' used problem? Did we want to work on cars after we got off work like we had been doing? Did I want to take on a car payment?
I drove the Soul Ghost and fell in love. (Ok the stereo system did it.)
I had never had a new car before, it was a interesting feeling being in something new.
So now time to talk.
The gentlemen at Russell Barnett Kia never hassled me, they just asked what did I want in a vehicle?
I told them what I would like and they left me alone to talk to my husband.
When we told them we would take the Soul they were very professional and helpful.
We got all kinds of perks and a 100 over invoice. The salesman Wesley was so helpful and he explained things very clearly. I never felt hassled or pressured to "BUY NOW!! I need my commission!"
Buying a car is a big deal that is a lot of money to pay for something. I felt at ease and respected by Wesley and the manager John Colley.
Also what cinched the deal is another couple was looking at MY car and was interested in buy it too.
((OK I know not mine but ...I was in love))
It was a awesome experience, much different than I have gotten at other dealerships and I am sold on this little Middle Tennessee dealership, plus the quality of the Kia itself.
This car is built well, rides great and is snazzy too.
So I have my Soul and I am very pleased. I will certainly buy another car from these folks. Maybe a Rio5, in the future, but only if I could have them fancy light up speakers..
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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
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