Well, I thought there has to be a dealer in Connecticut that can get me a car. After calls to every BMW dealer in the state, the response was the same: You need to order the car and we don’t want to give up our demos. Got the same reply from a dealer in Boston, Massachusetts.
But I’m not one to be easily deterred, so I started looking in other states. After a few more Internet searches, I found a vehicle that matched our wish list… in Virginia. I held my breath and dialed the dealership. The salesperson confirmed that the car I located on the Internet was the same as the one on the lot. Great! Let’s make a deal. Of course, he was a little shocked to hear I was from Connecticut. But we agreed on a price and I made arrangements to pick up the car.
That Friday, I was up early ready to get to the airport and get the deal done, but the weather had other ideas. The morning snow signaled a rough start to a long day. The normal ride to the airport should have been 45 minutes; it took an hour and a half. Of course there where multiple delays.
Upon landing, a nice man in a BMW 7 Series was waiting to take me to the dealership. Ah, the benefits of buying from a prestige brand. The heated/massaging seat was a nice reprieve from the airplane seat. In 15 minutes, I was at the dealership finalizing the paper work. The salesperson walked me through the car and added a nice touch of preloading some music on the sound system’s hard drive for my drive back to Connecticut. Seeing that I was tired from my travels, and in need of a hotel, he set the navigation system to the closest one.
After a good night’s sleep I was ready to get back to Connecticut. But again the weather threw a monkey wrench. The drive home consisted of heavy rain and fog. However, with the help of the lane-departure warning system and a coddling cockpit, I made it back to Connecticut.
Indeed, we do go to great lengths to buy cars. The key lesson here is that you don’t have to settle. Sometimes there is no other choice than to order a car, but often with perseverance and a wider search net, you can find what you want.
Read our first drive review on the BMW X5.