Fellow “2nd wave Gen X” – if that stuff be true, I think we all got our own “don’t trust anything people say” lessons. Saw a thing on “How To Sell to Gen X” and apparently, we’re impossible to “sell to”. Rather, they’re instructed to let the Gen X customer lead because X does a dozen hours more research than Boomers or Millennials, and be ready to answer a LOT of questions that might not lead into a sale.
Somehow this made me feel good.
It’s normal for me. Sucker born every minute, idealogues and gurus ready to sell you on some all purpose answer.
It’s easy to research and ask questions. Trusting the shiny person selling the shiny thing seems foolish.
That’s awesome! Maybe it *is* a generational thing after all. I’ve heard reasons why but I still take it with a grain of salt. Still, charts with “hours spent researching car purchase” by generation was hard to ignore.
I’m so glad you were ok! I hadn’t heard of it but I looked at a picture and it reminded me of sturdy cars (Volvo came to mind) from way back when. Looked strong and it was!
I have nothing like that but I’ll share: My mother was shopping for a used car. Fixed income but with just enough credit to finance… something. So, I did my research. Settled on three. As I was going to be a passenger and I’m 6′ tall, it needed room but all she could afford was subcompacts. So that made research easier and harder. I had lots of criteria – little things I knew she’d like and things I knew she’d manage without.
Ultimately found this: Nissan Versa Note. Manual. Everything about it was basic. Basic car. Basic features. Nothing at all automatic. Ratings were all “blah hum, it’s a car so what”.
And – that’s *exactly* all she wanted. A car, so what, at a price that was right and was comfortable and good on gas and recent vintage.
Nailed the comfort. This subcompact is also a TARDIS (I’m also a Doctor Who fan since childhood) – bigger on the inside. I have headroom – more than I need – and legroom.- just enough.
Seats three of me in the back too for a total of 5.
Whole thing is “just enough” of all the features. If it was missing any of the criteria I set out, it wouldn’t have worked.
It’s solid and it just works. 34 mpg I think – and she does a LOT of driving. 100 miles round trip is pretty standard day. Had it about 2 yrs I think, no problems.
All total I’d say I did about 17 hrs research total.
I think we’ve had it for 3 yrs so far. A niece was so impressed at how pleased we were, she got the automatic version of it. She was horrible with cars, always running them to the ground, getting into accidents. but this one, no accidents for a year, so that’s something.