Ok...we have been curious about Mini Coopers for a while now. Monday December 26th we made the trip to Patrick Mini in Schaumburg to learn about them and drive one.
We were met at the door by a lovely salesperson named Anna. Anna immediately welcomed us and offered her assistance. We explained our desires and what we needed out of a Mini Cooper.
Anna immediately walked us out to the used lot and showed us several Mini's we could choose from. We took a few test drives and fell in love with a 2013 Velvet Silver Metallic hardtop model. Anna was incredibly supportive of our needs and was extremely knowledgeable about the car. She let us test drive the car a couple of times so that we would be sure of what we wanted. We compared automatic to manual and decided on the auto.
She explained to us in great detail about the cost, the financing, and the warranty information.
She introduced us to the finance manager Joe, who walked us through the details of our financing. He was cool and a White Sox fan on top of it..BONUS!
We signed our paperwork and our car was ready in 10 minutes.
Anna sat in the car with us and walked us through every single control and feature. She was so friendly and patient. At no time did I feel I was dealing with a typical salesperson. She was more like a friend that loves Mini Coopers and simply wanted to share her love with us.
It's been two and a half weeks now and I have to say that we absolutely love our Mini. It has not failed to impress us once. We have driven all over the northern part of Illinois and only gone through one tank of gas. I originally wanted the manual transmission but my wife hasn't learned stick yet so we went with the automatic. I'm glad we did...it's just as much fun to drive and a lot easier to handle a cup of Starbucks while driving. We got a cream puff, low mileage, well maintained, used car that we absolutely love.
We couldn't be happier with our purchase and will be back for the stick Mini next year.
Oh, and they say if you don't want to buy a Mini Cooper, don't test drive a Mini Cooper.
Truer words were never spoken.
Thank you to Anna and Joe for a friendly, streamlined car buying experience.
Happy New Year!