Are you ready for a frustrating story?
I was finally ready to lease a new BMW i3 today.
I wanted a rare i3. I wanted the Range Extender scooter engine. I wanted full leather (Tera package). I wanted navigation. And it couldn't be white. There was only one car that fit this description in the entire Bay Area. (Actually, this car has the basic Business navigation, which comes with a smaller screen and the navigation only shows arrows. The better Professional navigation has a bigger screen and has a 3D map. I knew I couldn't have the perfect i3, so I settled for the smaller and more basic nav screen.)
Back to the story. My dream i3 was at Stevens Creek BMW in Santa Clara, 55 miles away. The following BMW dealers are closer to me:
- Concord (13 miles)
- Berkeley (15 miles)
- San Francisco (21 miles)
- Pleasanton (27 miles)
- San Rafael (29 miles)
- Fremont (42 miles)
Obviously, I really wanted this particular i3. After all, I took a bus, BART, and Lyft to get to the dealership. It took two hours in the rain. My socks were wet. I might get pneumonia.
I had my checkbook, credit score print-out, and insurance policy number. I was ready.
But before I left home, I called the dealership and confirmed the car was there. Yes, it was. Here is the internet ad, showing that it's a new 2017 model.
After two hours, I arrived. The car was not at the dealership. It's in the body shop because of a minor dent that happened on the lot. There was no apology. Not even a hint of it. I was pissed and left.
On the way home, the salesman emailed me. The car was actually a demonstrator used for the Extended Test Drive program. It was involved in a four-car collision.
I am exhausted and really hope I don't get sick from being in wet socks/shoes all day.
I think it's time to revisit the J100 Land Cruiser.