Still in the Chevy Sonic
I didn't get the Altima. It turned out that the dealership didn't really want to work with me even though I stated that I wasn't satisfied with the Sonic. I mean, they would have gladly sold me another car, but they would have deducted a lot of the value from a vehicle that I had only had for less than a month. I'd have been an idiot to take a deal like that.
I decided to just keep the Sonic and take it as a lesson learned. I always think mistakingly that other people are like me, and they actually give a crap about other people's needs and satisfaction. The "reality of it," as the salesperson so eloquently put it, is that almost no one gives a crap, especially salespeople. Caring salespeople are few and far between. After the sale is done, most of them just move on to the next sales opportunity and don't even bother doing follow-up work to see if their customers are happy with the purchases. Post sale follow-up is part of the sales process, but it probably isn't taught anymore because it's "old school."
It's going to take time for me to get used to not having my Monte Carlo, I guess. I really miss that car. What I miss most about it is that I knew the car inside and out. There's nothing that I couldn't have worked on myself, and I felt comfortable doing it because it was 100-percent mine. I could work on it without fear of breaking anything because, hey, it was mine. It wasn't like the owner was going to get mad or anything if I made a mistake. It wasn't like I still had to make payments on it whether it was running or not. It was a pleasure to work on, and I made way fewer mistakes than I thought I would make even on the extensive engine work.
I don't know this Sonic thing yet.
I guess I'll start by reading the entire owner's manual for the Sonic and then buying the repair manual. I also need to take the time to look at the car. I haven't even done a really good underhood inspection yet. Like I said, I'm still at that stage where I haven't really fully accepted it as my car yet in my mind. I hope it will grow on me one day. I totally loved the Camaro and Monte Carlo from the first day I laid eyes on them. This one is just like... meh. But I suppose I can trade it in for something else if I still dislike it after let's say six months to a year. Right now, it doesn't suit me at all. It's not a bad car. It just doesn't fit my wants, desires, and preferences. I'm not a "cutesy little hatchback" girl. I'm a thick body, dual exhaust, 200+ horsepower girl, preferably MUCH more than 200 horsepower.