As I mentioned last week my Auto Loan was pre-approved and I could start looking for the “NEW RIDE” Denny the car salesman was sitting at Mitsubishi Car World on the Subic Freeport as I came through the door, I was the same the type of customer I dreamed about when I was selling Dodge cars in Saint Petersburg Florida in 1991. The customer’s name was Paul and he was in the mood to buy.
Denny stealthily approached eyeing the Kano up and down and wondering how much of an ass he would be to deal with. Denny was pleasantly surprised when the Kano asked some simple questions about what he could avail of in this showroom.
He showed me the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage which comes in three flavors The Hatch Back which upon studying, both Mayang and I both shook our head as a no thank you. The disappointment on Denny’s face was clear, until I asked about a sedan which is the style I prefer. Denny was positively beaming and promptly directed us to the 2014 Mirage “G4” series.
I stopped on the way and stated that Mayang would drive nothing but a car with automatic drive. Denny smiled and said; “Oh yes Sir Paul” Now for the shocker, the Mitsubishi G4 he steered us to was the same size if not larger than my New Old Honda but roomier and a bigger trunk, how did they do that?
Now for the biggest surprise they have two models First the G4 GLS which comes with Touch Screen GPS, a keyless entry system (Denny showed me how they both worked and I understood absolutely nothing) and it also came with fancy rims other that that the G4 GLX had the same engine A/C power windows and everything else. But came with a door lock clicker and you actually had to use a key to start the car, can anyone imagine that? And a CD player that also was equipped with USB, and the cheapest plastic hubcaps that I have ever seen.
So if I purchase the G4 GLX I save $2,000.00 dollars and lose out on the 3 Fancy Dancy options. Hmmm I can live with that, I can take some of the two thousand I’ve just saved and buy a set of custom rims that I really want. That works for me.
“Denny you did a great job, and I thank you for your time and courtesy and I will come back and talk with you more” I said. I did this as his supervisor was lurking in the background wondering what had gone wrong.
I left and drove to the Ford Dealership (I told Denny that I was going there) but Ford wanted to charge $4,000.00 more for their Fiesta and we departed post haste, now for the dreaded trip to Pampanga which I didn’t really want to do, where all the other dealerships were, in order for us to continue our quest. When Mayang puts her hand on my arm and said; “Honey Ko I really like the Mirage G4 GLX” the Quest ended, let’s go to lunch.
On the way I stopped at Car World and asked the supervisor if I could speak to Denny my salesman. Oh sir I can help you, to which I responded; “Thank you, but Denny please”. When Denny arrived I simply said; Denny when my check arrives next week, I will come back and buy the car you just showed me.” At lunch Denny called Mayang and asked why I had done that, I simply responded; “To make you look good in front of your boss.”
Now I will try and explain the actual paying for a new car in the Philippines and it’s like we want to sell you a car, but we are going to drive you up a wall as you try to pay for it. I promise the saga will end next week.
A Phone call from the Navy Federal Credit Union; “Sir you live in the Philippines.” I had thought that my mailing address would have been the giveaway on that information. We cannot pre-approve a car loan there. You must purchase the car and send us the Invoice and you will be approved at 1.74% interest. Well okay if that’s the way it must be.
Back to Mitsubishi Car World to see Denny and buy the car handing him a PNP 200,000.00 down payment. “Denny write it up I’m buying the car. From the look on the kids face it must have been his first sale. With Invoice in hand and faxing it to Washington, I was informed six minutes later that the car is mine. We did that, now we wait a day for the promissory note to be faxed back, sign it and drive home.
Oh no, it was a case where one person in Washington was not talking to the other person in Washington and no person was talking to me, so for five days the fax never came with the promissory note. Why, because they by law may not send it to a dealership, only to me the guy that has no fax machine. Days have gone by, Mitsubishi must think I’m a dead beat, but I did give them PNP 200,000.00 as a down payment.
By the way, at Car World everything was professional and hiccup free, the Americans were the ones without the ducks in a row. Mr. Magat, Denny’s boss intervened and suggested the NFCU e-mail the Promissory Note to me. One hour later I had it, signed it scanned it and e-mailed it back. The following morning the money was in my account.
We’re not done yet, how do you get $ 10,000.00 from the US to the RP quickly? Wire Transfer, I don’t have a dollar account and no dollars to open one, use the dealerships account, not in this life time. So I went on line and transferred it to my checking account pulled out my debit card and said swipe this. That very minute the peso rate was sitting at 44.74 to the dollars, and the young lady said that it will cost me PNP 10,000.00 in bank charges to do it that way. I looked at the Mitsubishi general manager and asked; “Sir does your bank work for you or do you work for them? Why are you allowing them to stop you from selling a car today?
I will pay a fee of PNP 5,000.00 (As the peso rate was working in my favor) and he made the bank accept that offer and was quite proud of his new found power.
I now own a new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX, and being wise beyond my years, Mayang and I are sitting there with two cars to bring home that day. I looked at my Mahal and said; “Please drive the new car as I want to drive my New Ole Honda one last time!” Believe me folks that were the right thing to say, my Pogi Points are now overflowing their account. Remember it’s the little things that really matter.
Oh and don’t forget to take your new car to church on Sunday to have it blessed, the best PNP 500.00 you’ll ever spend, but don’t cancel your Auto insurance. Then I’m off to San Fernando to buy those new rims and get rid of those funky plastic hubcaps!
(Now the fun really begins) Stay tuned, next week, same channel same time. On how to sell your car in the Land of Enchantment in so many not so easy lessons…