I hate car shopping. I have always hated it. When I was a kid I remember my dad’s experience when he tried to buy a luxury car and he was wearing his work clothes (he was running a big construction business of his own) and the car salesman looked at him and walked away. We did buy a new car but not from that shop. My experiences have been pretty much the same when trying to buy a car for myself in Finland. It feels so stupid when you are treated like a blond and told whatever fairy tales. Although, I do realize that I am a blond but usually I’ve also had the money to buy what ever I’m buying. Unfortunately, same goes with car services as well. My car broke down just a day before we left to Florida, and the way it was handled by the brand garage was unbelievable. Thanks to my dad and his friend I saved 5.000 euros in the process of getting it fixed! You’ll hear more about that in Facebook. I’ll give some recommendations and free publicity for one car repair shop.
Unfortunately, this was not much different here. Thankfully I was prepared not to loose my temper or bite my fingernails. It turned out that there is huge amount of used cars available in different dealer shops, which look pretty online and they are in excellent shape according to the details published. When you go and see those, they might be full of scratches, they smell awful (animals, cigarettes etc.) or they do not have any service records. Sales persons make you sit and wait while they run to their managers to ask this and that. Something you do not want to do for a Finn if you want sell something to her! They try to convince you that the car has been serviced, and even though there is no proof of that, it is still the best car you could possibly buy. Well, we just had enough of that and we decided that we’ll buy our car from a big dealer, even if it would be a bit more expensive there. Eventually it worked out, we got the car and even a warranty for 90 days. Then it was time to clear the paperwork (obviously, this paperwork cost another 1000 dollars on top of the price of the car, since nothing here is priced with the final price). I don’t think I have ever signed so many papers at one time, it was ridiculous. I was just wondering if someone actually reads all those? It would have taken a day to read them.
Anyway, we are happily driving around and the warranty already covered one part that went broken, so all good so far. Me and my younger daughter will return to Finland at some point but the car stays here with my older daughter. Obviously, that is another punch of American style paperwork. She needs to get new insurance and new registration plate of her own. Nothing can be transferred, especially, when she is taking the car to a different state. This is America, how else could it be? Finnish system where you fill in one form online and change the owner by handing over the car with license plate seems quite convenient. However, this was one experience among many others in our adventure. You simply cannot expect things to be like home.