If it weren't for Larry…

It’s really isn’t a big secret that I’ve been a teensy eensy tiny bit jealous of Shaun’s Big Orange Jeep.   It’s not that I’ve really wanted a big off-roading vehicle or anything like that.  It’s just been…well…hard to see Shaun zoom off in his toy Jeep while I’m stuck driving the very-safe-and-oh-so-practical MomMobile. 

When an friend of ours got one of the new four door Jeeps last summer, I swooned over it.  Yet…sadly…I knew I had to let the dream of it go.  My dependable minivan was aging, but there was nothing wrong with it.  I simply couldn’t justify getting a new car.

Then as KT finished up her Driver’s Ed classes, we realized how much easier life would be if I had one less very busy kid to haul around.  So, feeling somewhat justified, we took a trip over to one of our local car dealers…just to see what was there.

I barely had a chance to start drooling over the closest Jeep when we were attacked approached by a salesman.  He talked to us about the car a little bit and let us go on a test drive.  As soon as we got back to the dealer, he left.  The next thing we knew, a different salesman came out to the car that we were still sitting in.  Despite the fact that I was sitting in the driver’s seat, he reached past me to Shaun and introduced himself as Larry.  My Beloved looked at him for a moment and then quietly informed him that I was the one who was interesting in a new vehicle.  (It just makes my toes tingle when Shaun sticks up for me like that!)

Corrected, Larry looked at me for a moment then started to tell me why this Jeep was just too much car for me.  (Hello? Did somebody fail Sales 101?) Then, he once again chose to ignore me and tried to engage my husband in conversation. 

I’m not too proud to admit that I lost it.  Poor clueless Larry obviously didn’t recognize the signs of a woman with a slow-burning temper.  He had no choice but to recognize the sign of a full-blown explosion though. I was furious and in no uncertain terms let him know just what I thought of the way that he had been treating me.  And that there was no way on earth I was going to buy a car from him.  All he could do was sputter that he hadn’t meant anything by it.   Yeah…right.

If it weren’t for Larry, I would’ve had my Jeep last summer.  Instead, I made peace withe the MomMobile once again.  That was until last weekend. 

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Thank goodness for Michael!

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35 Responses to If it weren't for Larry…

  1. ashley says:

    Hooray for Michael! That’s a fine looking jeep you have. I’ll keep an eye out for you on the road so I can give you ‘the wave’. 🙂

  2. I had a salesman do that to me once. We didn’t tell him off, but we made sarcastic references to “Benny Buick” for a very long time. And we didn’t buy his stupid car.

  3. Good for you for telling him exactly why he was losing the sale. Pretty Jeep!

  4. Kim says:

    Woo-hoo! Some men are just crazy! You should find him and drive by and beep and then ask him if he gets commission. When he says yes, you can say BIG MISTAKE! (like Julia Roberts in the shopping scene in Pretty Woman!) NCLM

  5. Jay says:

    That’s a pretty sweet looking Jeep!

  6. Becky says:

    I am so jealous that I believe I actually started turning green.

  7. Nona says:

    Wow, that dude sounds like a stereotypical movie car salesman. Was he also wearing a plaid jacket? -grin-

  8. Sam says:

    Woohoo – great looking Jeep!! I bet that salesman is just kicking himself now!!

    By the way – I’ve tagged you – I challenge you to come up with a six word memoir!

  9. Lynne says:

    wow … hot wheels there Susan! Love the color. Is it a Wrangler? Mommobile good-bye! Hot Momma car, Hell0!

  10. Kari says:

    ooooooh, my boys would be “green” with envy for that jeep. It goes without saying that I am! lol

    Stupid Larry. Where was that fool raised? In a cave? Are you going to drive your new jeep over to his dealership and pull a “Julia Roberts/Pretty Woman”? You know…show him what you’ve bought from another salesman and say “Big mistake. BIG mistake!”. lol

    Kari

  11. Kari says:

    Ha! I see Kim and I had the same idea with the Julia Roberts thing. That OBVIOUSLY means you should DO it! 🙂

  12. Cheryl says:

    I adore the color. Congrats to you and your fabulous new car/toy. May you have many, many great years together.

  13. Pepper says:

    Sweet ride! And I *love* the color too.

    The Larrys of the world are the reason I now use a car broker. Life’s too short to deal with idiots more than you have to. 🙂

  14. Renate says:

    I have run across salesmen like that many a times. Two examples stand out: I was specifically shopping for a new, white Firebird, when the salesman tried to sell me a used red Camero. And then there was the time when I test-drove a used car. The salesman tried to pressure me into buying it right then and there. He suggested I test-drive it again. I said I wanted to go home and think about it. His comment was: “What, you can’t drive and think at the same time?” To this day, I’m still sorry we just walked out and didn’t give him a piece of my mind.

  15. Amanda D says:

    WOW! What a lucky duck you are, and you’re sounds awesome. He’s a keeper!

  16. Ann says:

    I LURVE it, girlie!! Gimme!! That is totally my color!

  17. Carol says:

    Hey, did you drive by our house yesterday, early evening?! NICE CAR! Congrats!

    Carol

  18. Stephanie says:

    Oh…I’m so jealous! It’s so shiny and pretty!!! *swoon*

  19. Hilary says:

    Congrats, Susan.. it’s so nice when you acquire the object of your lust! 😉

    Sending a link to this blog post over to the two dealerships (Larry’s and nice-guy Michael’s) in question would probably speak volumes… especially with that shiny new jeep photo smirking at Larry and smiling at Michael. 😉

  20. echaos says:

    Way to go! You tell the story so well, that I was angry right along with you. cool new jeep.

  21. M says:

    Very cool on the new jeep!! And you do tell the story incredibly well! I was pretty pissed off at that salesman! How pathetic is that!

  22. Your nice brother says:

    Now I am really jealous! TWO JEEPS IN ONE FAMILY!!!

  23. Mrs. G. says:

    You go girl!!!! I’ll be looking for you on the open road.

  24. DC says:

    What a jerk of a salesman! I’ve walked out of car dealerships before for similar reasons. Men can be so dumb.

    Love the new Jeep!! 🙂

  25. Karina says:

    OOOH, it’s so pretty! Larry would have gotten a swift kick in the ass if that were me! 😉

  26. Pavel says:

    That is one “sweet” lookin’ ride there, girl. I’d be jealous too… (smile)

  27. Peggy says:

    *sigh* Why are there still dinosaurs like him around. They give the profession of sales a bad name.

    I just bet that awful salesman (who probably didn’t make a sale all day) went to the nearest bar and started talking about “some bitch” who came in and then didn’t buy a jeep he was trying to sell.

  28. Molly says:

    Your new Jeep is a beauty. I wonder if the other salesman still has a job…sheesh.

  29. Amanda says:

    Love the new jeep!

    I also wanted to comment on the post with your daughter’s graphing project. That was awesome! (Then again, I’m a pretty big dork).

    Here via NCLM

  30. Stephanie says:

    i hate it when salesmen get like that.

  31. Tink says:

    Omg, that jeep is beautiful. I want to drool on it’s chromed out paint. Congratulations! You deserve this!

  32. Holy moley! That is one nice ride!

  33. your story makes me want to punch larry in the nose & then go tell his boss on him!!! (how very middle school-like of me, i know!)

    but…your new ride is so awesome that who cares about silly ol’ larry!

  34. Patsy says:

    So are you and Shaun busy running around in all the canyons seeing who needs to be pulled out of the hole first!
    I am glad you finially got yourself some new wheels. Now for a new stove!

  35. Pamela says:

    whooooaaa… !!!!