My Review Of Randy Kuehl Honda:
I've not hand good luck with cars in the past. They've sucked up all my extra cash; I'm working to get a career going and need to pay for training and things along those lines. I've lived in big cities where I did not need a car. Family matters forced me to get a car since I am not in Des Moines or Iowa City. I do not mind cars, just did not have good luck with the second-hand ones i'd had; even at my parents when I drove one of theirs. The death of my father and my mother now living in an assisted living center, made me realize that I am going to need a car, since I am not yet able to move back to a bigger bus-friendly city. To get my career going and travel around the Iowa Corridor, it finally sunk in I'd need a car (I lived 20 years off and on without one, so that is a lot of past history).
My sister convinced both mom and myself that a new car'd be best; she thought I might want a Ford. I got the latest Consumers Report magazine on 2013 cars and studied it for hours. It came down to 3 Hondas or 3 Toyotas; the estate approved of my price range and choices. I was looking for reliability, safety, long-term existence with a minimum of problems, to be as green as possible, within a budget range of from $18,000-$22,000, how well my mother could get in and out of the car *and* could I trust it to drive me long distances without breaking down (example Cedar Rapids to Des Moines and back). I'd been asking people on my FaceBook pages about their car experiences and even at work I was asking around. A co-worker told me the best place in Cedar Rapids to get a car was Randy Kuehl as they were helpful but not pushy. She warned me off a competitor who has several different dealerships with different models, in town as they were manipulative and pushy.
A friend and I went to both the local Toyota and Randy Kuehl Honda and looked around. A quick look eliminated all but 1 honda and 1 toyota. We first went to RKH and Mike helped both of us see what was available and possible. It looked like the Civic was going to be my best bet there. I did not do a test drive as I wanted to see the Toyotas and do some more research. For me, even if the estate was paying for this, i wanted to make the best choice as I wanted it to last for a while and help me get my career going. We went to the Toyota dealership and just looked around. I asked some questions, got helpful and good answers, and material on the car there I was thinking of. (the Corolla). I went home and thought about everything Mike had told me and what I had seen about the TC. Between the facts I had before me and my intuition, everything seemed to point to me trying out the Civic.
I went back and took the Civic for a test drive. It clicked so well I did not try the TC. I decided on the Civic. Since an estate was paying for this, I had to be the go-between between the estate managers at the bank and the dealership. Fortunately Breck had done a few estate sales before. I'd thought of having him send the basic and then second offer about what it'd cost for maintenance and extended warranties. he came up with the perfect proposal and faxed it to the estate managers who approved it later the same day. Since he knew what to do, it made it easy on both myself and Mike. It took a couple of days to get the bank check to the dealership; Mike came in on his off day so I could get the car as soon as possible.
For someone who was very out of the loop like I was, they made it sensible, understandable and workable. For that I am grateful. I was also happy to discover how safe the car was. ::)
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