At the risk of sounding sexist, a woman made an illegal left turn directly in front of me 8 miles west of Lincoln on Rt. 34 on June 23rd and totaled my beloved 2000 Rav4. Although this car had just over 191,000 miles on it, it purred like a kitten because I took very good care of it.
Buying any new car can be a protracted and sometimes annoying experience. My car guru found a 2003 Rav4 with only 43,033 miles at Anderson Mazda on-line on July 5th. He then went to Anderson's to check it out and drove it to my place. He was accompanied by Erik Delaney of the sales staff. I (test) drove the three of us back to the dealership and Erik, sensing my unease and apprehension, went to remarkable lengths to calm my fevered brow. He patiently entered all the detailed info into his computer, figuratively holding my hand during the entire experience, and sought to find common ground in areas about which we could converse easily as he put me at greater ease. He revealed much about his own life's story, bragged about his 4 kids and their accomplishments, the challenges of being a single dad, our common association with First-Plymouth church, you name it. I felt I'd met a new best friend by the time he turned me over to the "finance guy," Darren Lytle - another soother of fevered brows, to be sure. Nonetheless, I was happy to return to Erik's desk to put the finishing touches on the deal before driving off the lot with my "new" car. Not only did I have a great automobile, Erik also apprised me of the several perks that came with my purchase as well (100 free washes, windshield repair, $500 deductible reimbursement, etc.). Erik turned what some experience as a very bumpy ride into a paved paradise. I recommend him with no reservations whatsoever.