Hey There Polished People!
Today’s is gonna be ranty post. I’ll try to keep it short. As you may or may not know, I’m pregnant and ever since I told Cynthia (from Of Life and Lacquer) and whenever I rant about something she calls me Pregozilla!! Haha. So, just consider this straight from Pregozilla, although I can almost guarantee many of you will feel my pain and know it’s not just because of the bun in the oven (what a weird saying!).
So… due to the little jellybean on its way, I needed to get a new car. I have driven a Ford Ranger 4×4 since high school and needless to say, it’s not the most baby-friendly vehicle. So we just sold my truck and started looking for a new car. We wanted a Ford Escape and the more we looked around the more we thought it would be perfect and that we could get it for the price we wanted. We went to several dealerships and asked them if the Escape we looked at there could be in our price range. Well, of COURSE they said “yes” and at two dealerships we entered into negotiations. The first dealership (which will be getting a “patronize at your own risk” Yelp/Google/etc rating) kept messing with the monthly payment instead of the price and tried to convince us we were getting it at such a great price. Little did they know I already knew exactly what my payment would be at any price point at different interest rates (and we already knew our interest rate because we got pre-approved at our credit union) so when they told me for instance that using their financing and getting half a percentage lower rate was going to make nearly 30 dollars in our payment, I knew that in fact it make like 2 dollars difference and I told them so. Also, their “final offer” when you punch in the numbers was valuing the car at more than the sticker price!! They must have thought we were idiots. It was really frustrating, they tried to tell us our credit union was garbage (last time I checked they sell cars, not give financial advice) and just overall treated us like we were stupid and didn’t know how the numbers added up. Of course we did, so we walked. Then they kept calling me so I told them what a jerk one of the guys was and that we would probably never be coming back. They seemed to care, but who knows.
The second dealership we visited was even worst than the first. This dealership will be getting the most scathing Yelp/Google/etc reviews I can possibly type up and still remain dignified. The price they were asking was a little over our price range again, and we asked if they’d come down to our price and of course they said yes, but when we sat down, AGAIN they only wanted to change the terms of our financing, not the price!! We finally told them that the car wasn’t in our price range and started to get ready to leave and the guy accused us of wanting to get something for nothing and of trying to just “win.” Whatever that means. The guy was SO INSULTING and absolutely rude that I almost cried. I didn’t, and was very proud of that, but it was close. I don’t know why they have to act like that. You ask them a question and are completely straight forward about your financing (we have our own, not using yours) and they say they can work with you and then beat you up when you tell them that clearly the car is not in your price range and you don’t want to waste anyone’s time so thank you for the info. It was absolutely infuriating. I will NEVER go back to that dealership. I told the guy, WE WILL NOT BE BACK and a different guy chased us out like, “What can I do to make this work?” and I was like, “Treat your customers properly. I don’t come here to spend THOUSANDS of dollars and be treated like I’m trying to swindle someone when we are NOTHING but upfront.” It was just so absolutely insulting I can not even explain it to you.
At the third dealership, the salespeople were very nice, were not at all “high-pressure”, didn’t hassle us about using their financing and we ended up with a nicer car than at dealership #1, a newer car (but less options, which is ok cuz they were things we don’t need like leather seats) than at dealership #2 (same make and model at all three) and at the exact price we wanted. It was a full thousand less than dealership #2, and between $800 (last offer when they called and apologized) and $1500 (“negotiated” rate at the dealership) less than dealership #1. I am so happy with my new car! I LOVE IT!! I posted a pic on Twitter if you would like to see it. 🙂
Whew!!! That was rantalicious!!! Ready to see the nails for today??
Yellow and Grey Boxy Nails
How To Get These Nails:
- Paint your nails with 2 coats of Nina Ultra Pro French White.
- Apply a coat of Jessica Brilliance and allow your nails to dry thoroughly.
- When your nails are completely dry, use striping tape to tape off the lines between the boxes.
- Paint each box on each nail a different color. Here are the colors I used: SC Unicorn (light yellow. This polish is crap, find a different yellow), SC Ardoise (dark grey), Essence Little Miss Sunrise (darker yellow), SH Eel Skin (light grey). I used the polish brushes to fill the boxes and it was HARD. I would use a little paint brush in the future.
- Remove the striping tape and use your clean up brush dipped in acetone to clean up the lines, if necessary.
- Give your nails a few minutes to dry (no streaking!), then apply a final coat of Jessica Brilliance.
- Show your friends!!
I actually did these nails after seeing some nails by Awesomebrush on Instagram. Hers were so awesome! They were grey and yellow and just perfect. See her awesome nails here. Mine… mehhhh. They didn’t turn out how I wanted them to, but they looked okay for what they were. I still want to try to recreate her nails better, but for now I guess these are it.
Grey and yellow are a somewhat surprisingly pretty color combination (when done right). What other colors do you particularly love together? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, let me know if you have experienced the same car-buying frustration as we did. It was an AWFUL experience. As always, thanks for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!! 😀