Welcome Home, Fiesta
Some people get up early on Black Friday to buy a TV, or a DVD player, or some popular toy. Me? I got up early, drove almost all the way up to San Francisco, and bought myself a car. Oh yes, that is how you do Black Friday.
After doing constant research for about a month and wavering back and forth between new or used and a few different makes/models, I had come to the conclusion that a new Ford Fiesta was the best fit for me. And this specific dealership had a couple 2013 Fiestas that had caught my eye. Then, the Black Friday incentives were just too good to pass on.
When I buy cars, I buy them cheap. My first car (2001 Suzuki Swift) did not have air conditioning, a stereo, or even speakers. My second car (2002 Daewoo Lanos) was so unwanted it was still sitting on the lot brand new in April 2003. So, when I found a bottom-of-the-line 2013 Ford Fiesta sedan, I was sure I had found my car. And, when I arrived at the dealership that morning, there was still a good chance that was the car I was going to buy.
However, the heart what the heart wants. And, what my heart wanted was a hatchback. This dealership had virtually the same Fiesta as the sedan I was looking at in the hatchback version, and it was calling to me. Both being the same color (violet grey), the only difference was that the hatchback also had the “Convenience Package” option added. I didn’t really need the extra features (just a CD player and remote keyless entry), but… hatchback.
The Swift was a hatchback, the Lanos was not. I drove the Lanos for 10.5 years, and I hope to drive this new car for at least as long. If that’s going to be the case, I might as well get what I truly want. And so I did. Although I had to wait a bit to do the paperwork (apparently, A LOT of people buy cars on Black Friday), the entire process went smoothly and I left in a shiny new car.
As for the color, there wasn’t much choice to be had. But, given the possible options (the Fiesta S model only comes in black, white, silver, or violet grey), I think I got the best one. My favorite Fiesta color (available on higher trims) is lime squeeze, but I had to concede with myself that even though I love it now, that might not be the case if I’m still driving this car in 10 years. The violet grey is both different enough and subtle enough that I know I can live with it for the life of the car.
Now that I’ve been driving it for almost a week, I definitely know that I made all the right choices with this purchase. The car, the color, even driving about 100 miles to buy it. Everything really worked out to be the best possible scenario. And believe me, when I first decided to start considering buying a car, this ending seemed like an impossibility.