Monday, March 12, 2012
Sorry there are no photos on this post. I wanted a photo of our car salesman and of the KOA park, but in the busyness and stress of the day we forgot.
Remember the car we bought on Friday? We un-bought it today. It seems that it is not towable after all. We were told it was towable, but Lucy found a little paragraph in the manual which said it was not towable. We took it in to get a couple of minor things taken care of and to ask why the manual said it was not towable. They showed us two other books which said it was, so we asked the question. Why does the manual say it is not towable. Finally someone called an engineer at Ford who assured them that this particular model was not towable.
So we took it back since the only reason we bought it was to tow it. They told us it was towable on a dolly, but we do not want to buy a dolly. We asked for a car that could be towed on four wheels and they did not provide that car.
They actually took it back happily, since they were about to guarantee to us in writing that it was towable, which would have made them legally liable when we ruined the car by towing it.
Lucy was relieved that we were not buying a car. I was initially upset about it, but on reflection I know that it was the best outcome. I tend to be impulsive about buying things. It is just my nature. I get it in my head that I want something and I go looking for it. When I find the thing that seems to fit the bill, I stop looking and buy. I may not always get the best deal, but I don’t spend a lot of time fretting about it. Lucy is opposite to that. She will look for months for a thing before she finds what she wants and then she will sleep on it before she makes the final decision. That honestly drives me nuts. I find it agonizing. When I want something, I want it now and if I don’t get the absolute best deal well, C’est la vie. But, to my shame, I have to admit that I will try to convince Lucy of the benefits of making a quick deal. And I’m convinced that in some cases this is the best way. In this case I was wrong.
I was wrong on two counts. One, we really should have given it some more thought before jumping in. And two, we probably can do just fine without a car. We have made half the trip without one and we can do the rest without one. If we find ourselves in a situation where we need a car, we can always rent one. It is very difficult for me to say I am wrong. In my defense I think it is the fault of a chemical surging through my body called testosterone.
So we do not have to stay here any longer waiting. I have some work but I need to get plans printed and I can work anywhere. Coastal Florida seems to be one big city so I think I can rely on finding a place to get plans printed almost anywhere. We are heading north again tomorrow and we are happy to be moving on. We have become real nomads. We don’t like to spend more than a couple of days in one place.
I have to say something about the car dealer. I said before that it was the most entertaining car deal I have ever been a party to. That was because of our salesman, David Santiago, but the dealership was also very low key, no pressure and willing to make things right with no complaint.
I also have to say something about this KOA park we are staying in. It is one of the nicest parks we have had the pleasure of visiting. The spaces are large and well taken care of. The park is very pet friendly, with a dog walk and play area. The facilities are modern and clean. The managers and the owners are very nice and helpful. We were unsure how long we would stay when we arrived. Even though they were quite full, they were very understanding and assured us that they would be able to accommodate us. When we thought we would be here until Thursday, we paid for those days. When we discovered that we could leave on Tuesday, they happily refunded our money. If you find yourself in or near Fort Pierce, Florida and need a place to stay, you will not do better than Fort Pierce KOA.