So a few weeks ago, my old Jetta, Jack (1.0), left me sit in the middle of an intersection. I wish I could say that was the first time he did that to me, but it wasn't. Being an almost 15 year old car with 140K+ miles, it was safe to say I was due for a new car.
My motto: If you didn't take pictures with your new car, then did you even really get a new car?? Just kidding. Kind of. :) The other day, the weather was just perfect and the sun was setting beautifully, so I called up my friend, Tori, and started with: "So, this may be one of the weirdest requests I've had for you but...can you come take a few pictures of me with my new car before the sun goes down?" Like now?, she said. "Yea, like now". A few minutes later, Tori pulled up to my house and I handed her my camera and we rounded the corner to the hidden gem in my neighborhood - this beautiful Amish-owned horse farm. I parked my car, hopped out, and we laughed and snapped away as the sun quickly fell. I can't tell you how good it felt to just shoot for fun. These spontaneous mini sessions with fellow creative friends is what it's all about, I'm tellin' ya. So thankful.
And now, without further ado, I am proud to present my new baby, Jack 2.0!
Meet Jack 2.0! He is black, shiny, with all black leather interior, and don't even get me started about the sound system. OH, the sound system. All the heart eyes for that. I figured at this point in my life, where I am driving all over the place for my photography business (and fun adventures too!), it was time to upgrade old Jack. I am so excited about this car and had such a great experience when purchasing it, that I just had to share with you all!
My next door neighbor is one of the top guys at our local CarMax and he ushered me into the best experience I could dream of when it came to purchasing a new car. He referred me to a sales consultant who was seriously an angel dressed in blue and yellow. I walked into the dealership with a lot of questions, apprehensive, nervousness, excitement, and a little bit of a biased opinion towards strictly German cars. ;) Amidst all of these things, I was greeted with warm, friendly smiles, encouragement, honesty, and best of all, NO PRESSURE. From the moment I walked into CarMax, to the moment I drove away in my new car, I felt like I was in good hands and felt confident about my decision and the help I received to get there!
Ironically, Jack 2.0, the 2012 Jetta I purchased, was the very first car I sat in on the lot. I secretly fell in love with it, but kept my thoughts to myself until I looked at a handful of cars that would be conducive for my driving needs (and what looked cool, let's be honest). I asked tons of questions and flat out asked about haggling and made comparisons to cars I had seen online on websites like Craigslist, etc. My sales consultant was super honest about all of my questions and helped me to understand the reasoning for their haggle-free prices and how you really cannot compare "apples to apples" when it comes to Craigslist and CarMax. After my whole experience, I really saw what she meant by that! My entire visit at CarMax was seamless, and it was evident to me that CarMax has mastered and created an intentional streamline for their customers and how things flow for their visit. I felt confident about what I was getting, what I was paying, how I was paying, and the care I had received and would continue to receive thereafter my purchase.
One thing that really showed me how upstanding the company is, was during the finance portion of my visit at CarMax. My neighbor came by to check in on me and see how I was doing. He greeted me with the biggest smile and asked how I was doing. He gave me the history of my new car; what work they had done on it, and pulled out two 100 dollar bills and said one of the technicians had found them in the glove compartment and that they were contacting the previous owner of the car to return it to them. It made me want to cry because of how honest they were! I don't know how many people would return $200 if they had stumbled upon it while cleaning something out. Finders keepers, losers weepers, right? Not with CarMax. They stand behind what they do with 100% honesty and integrity, and I think that's very honorable.
I could seriously go on and on about how wonderful my experience was, but I'll leave it at this. If you or a family or friend is looking for a reliable car from a company they can trust, CarMax is the way to go. If you happen to visit the one off Manheim Pike, ask for Weeta. She was my sales consultant and worked with me patiently and with excitement the entire day! She will take care of you. Need a new car? Weeta is your girl!
* Photos courtesy of Tori Radick, edited by Maddie Broderick