I’m boarding Mr. Peabody’s Way-Back-Machine and flashing back to February 2014, the day my wife and I walked into the Mitsubishi Car world Subic Showroom which was the second dealership I had visited on the first day of my car shopping adventure. Next, I had planned to drive my new old Honda to San Fernando Pampanga where most of all the car brand dealerships were located in one area.
But Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, and Chevy are not on my list of places to visit. I want to pay cash for any car I bought. I used that plan for every car and motorcycle I’ve purchased since 1978 when I bought a 1978 Lincoln Town Car which I paid 50% down and called the Navy Federal Credit Union, for the rest. When the Credit Union told the dealership to give me the car, the credit manager thought it was some type of scam.
That was the last new car I had, and almost didn’t buy it, because of a stupid salesman. I pointed to the Cream Colored Town Car in the Show Room Window and said; “That’s the car I want!” He then proceeded to show me every Mercury on the lot but not one Lincoln. I assumed he was thinking I couldn’t afford it. I excused myself to use the restroom, but went to the sales manager and asked for a salesman who wanted to sell me a car. I was in my Navy Chief’s dress uniform. So the sales manager was smart enough to show me the car I was interested in and sold me the big cream colored Town Car sitting in the window. I didn’t even take a test ride because it was a new Lincoln and did I really need too?On the way out the door, I saw that first salesman and asked him how much commission did he make on that very expensive car he didn’t sell?
So here I am in 2014 back to buying a new car once again after my 36-year hiatus from new cars. The reason was, I spent most of my life at sea and my cars (And Motorcycles) spent more time in storage than on the road.
My wish list was simple, my wife must want the car, and her budget was around P800,000.00 cash, I still have no use for credit. I like being a ghost with all credit trackers.
Now the trip ended in Subic with no need to drive to Pampanga because the 2014 Mitsubishi had everything on Mayang’s wish list and the price was where I wanted to be. We bought it that day. Now here was something I didn’t know, it has a three cylinder engine (I’ve had bigger engines in motorcycles) But it ran fine and as fast as my 70-year-old arse needed to go.
But herein lies the rub. The warranty was three years or 100,000 kilometers. So now in July 2017 with only 17,000 kilometers on the car (Dear Lord, I live on an Island) but over three years of owning the car, I have no more warranty, I’m on my own. Out in the rain abandoned by my friends at Mitsubishi
Paul, you need your first oil change and tune-up at 100,000 kilometers. Are they joking? That means 12 more years without a tune-up and using the same oil and filter until I’m 82 years old?
I’m going back to servicing my car every six months like I did for all my old new cars. Coolant once a year and the same with tire rotation. BTW I’m still satisfied with the car I bought and the service it has provided me. It still lacks a single dent, ding or bung-bund anywhere on the car. With me saying that I just started knocking on every wooden thing I can find in my house.
Now here is the funny thing, her friend’s car has GPS! Paul how come we don’t have GPS? Ah my love we do, that $500.00 Oppo phone you have has GPS installed (And AGAIN Dear Lord we still live on an island!!!) For P120.00 I can buy you the holder that holds your phone to the dashboard, and it doubles as a hands-free phone device. The car has a backup camera, what more would you need? So we were going to the mall in San Fernando, I suggested she use her Oppo GPS to find the way there. Her answer; “Paul I know the way,” GPS, yeah I rest my case!
I have just one more car in me before I shuffle off this mortal core; my newest dream car is the Chrysler 300 what a Land Yacht they are, and fitting it should be my last car. My friend asked what the interest rate on cars in the Philippines is. Buy me a beer and I’ll tell you; “How the hell would I know?” That beer was so refreshing!!!