I am starting up a new series that provides a unique perspective to large decision and lifestyle changes that will happen in your life. These posts will appear every Monday. UGH why Monday right ... these are the days where you need a gallon of coffee because you just watched the whole season of Bloodline till 1 AM (well that is personal issue)?
The answer and goal: provide you with a fresh perspective on difficult decision and to have you apply this outside the box thinking mentally to your work in the upcoming week. Once Friday rolls around and you are ready to get outside and enjoy the nice weekend, I want you to reflect back on the week and look at the top decisions (this could be four or five) that you made and evaluate how well you handled them. I do not want to create your evaluation criteria because it is best for you to be the judge ( remember you are your own and the only Supreme Court Justice).
Without further to do, let me help you buy a car (FYI- I am not collecting royalties of this post, although if a large auto manufacture (cough Ferrari) would like to donate a car or two, I would not complain).
Car Buying 101
What is the hardest part of buying a car? I believe it is deciding which one to choose and dealing with those pesky salespeople who send you emails after you awkwardly said you need some "time" to think about buying the car. I want to focus on choosing the best car because I cannot change that fact that the salesperson almost forcibly had your car appraised and tried to push you to buy the self-driving car.
So... how do you choose the right one? I am naturally indecisive and it is hard to even choose that type of car, let alone the maker, model and the models model. I put two and two together and decided it would be best to go to a car guru. We all know the guy who is in his garage late at night banging parts around and revving up his car in the early morning. That was an OK solution, those guys know the ins and outs of cars but I walked away even worse off from when I talked to them with a laundry list of words/metrics that I have never considered. Now back to square -1.
Sitting on my porch, I always marvel at the restaurant right next to my house that is one of the most popular in Indianapolis but has a small parking lot. I marvel at it because they have a crazy valet system where two young men run all over the place to retrieve peoples cars. I am talking about at least 3 cars every 10 minutes consistently for 5 to 6 hours. That can rack up to over 100 cars a night that they drive all over the place (i.e parking lots down the street).
BOOM - it hit me. Those valets go into at least 50 cars a piece and get to start them, drive them, reverse them and to the whole works. Plus they get to go talk to the car owners and pick their brains on likes and dislikes of the car. They are the subject matter experts when it comes to understanding a wide range of cars.
Why not start with them to ask them what were the memorable cars and conversations they had surrounding cars. If anything, they can point you in a direction; which for someone who is indecisive like me, can be the biggest game changer.
Lastly just remember that if you ask, what is the worst that can happen? They say no... bummer, I will find another person who is willing to help.
Make it the best week yet and if you are going to shop for cars at dealerships, bring a valet and remember for tips they accept them.