Did you know that you could buy a car online and they will deliver it? I didn't know that until I started looking at a buying a new Forester for Retired Mountain Man and I.
I specifically wanted a Forester that has a very low All Wheel Drive called X-mode. It's designed for driving up and down very steep hills. Hmmm. Something like "the hill" on West Spring Creek Road.
When I first contacted a dealer at Parker Subaru in CDA, I was working with a sales lady who was doing her best to find me a car that I would like and at the top of my options list was the X-mode. There were hundreds of options to add on to the car if we wanted and RMM and did choose a few of them. We were looking at model called "The Limited".
As the negotiations went on she suggested that I look at a different model as they had a lot more choices in color and interior, etc. She told me that I could have some of my options installed in a model called the Premium. We made a deal and she said they could deliver it the next day, which they did. We signed all of the papers with a salesman named Steve. He showed Retired Mountain Man all of the bells and whistles on the car. We haven't had a new car for 13 years, so there is a lot to learn. Since I am pretty much housebound right now, I waited until they were finished to hear about the details from RMM.
(This is a long story)
He bought me the manual for our new car and when I came to the X-mode section and it said that it was "optional". All of a sudden I had this great dread. Did this car have X-mode? I wanted X-mode. It was at the top of my options list. I immediately called Steve - as he was driving back to CDA and asked. Then the bomb dropped. "No", he said. It doesn't.
OMG! I've just bought the wrong car! (The salesman probably thought I was a crazy person, #!%#$#, who just changed her mind.) Fortunately, when he got back to the dealership, he found the saleslady's notes. Yes indeed, at the top of the list was "X-mode.
He called me to right back and apologized and said that we could make an exchange in the morning.
Whew! They were good on their word. We got everything we wanted and more.
Here's the new car.
Let me just say that Steve knew why I wanted X-mode after he drove up here the first time. The customer service from the dealership was most awesome, even though the X-mode feature fell through the cracks the first time around. RMM and I love our new car. He is the driver for the next four to six weeks as I am not allowed to drive or ride in a car for awhile. I do get to ride in it soon when I have a Dr. appointment. Yay!
Before I sign off I should explain X-Mode. It's a very low AWD speed. When you press the X-mode button on the console, the four tires appear on the NAV screen as you are driving down the road. You do not touch the brake or the gas pedal. You just steer as you drive up or down the hill. If one wheel loses traction, the other one will get a little more power. It works on all four wheels and is most awesome. I know this because I have driven Mandolin Ann's car, which also has this feature. Thank you, Mandolin Ann!
I just bought a car that could take me anywhere. It has so much new technology that I think it might be able to fly the next mission to Mars..... Maybe if I put it in X-mode?