We Bought a New Car. I Didn’t Know It Would Be a Profound Experience

It was a lesson in mutual respect

George “Ace” Acevedo
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This isn’t about buying a car.

If it were, you’d think I was a fool because I did what you should never do during negotiations: I gave in. Instead, this is about your feelings when starting a new job and how to deal with the panic and stress that comes with it. It’s about the high-pressure, sink-or-swim attitude of some professions. It’s about what kindness and respect can add to your life. It’s about Samantha.

First, some background. My wife wanted to buy a new car. She was ready for a change after ten years. I had negotiated her last car purchase, so she asked me to do the same. She hates car dealers (who doesn’t?). Well, maybe me. This was because I dated a dealership sales manager many moons ago who taught me everything about buying a car from both sides. I knew the lingo and the techniques.

Samantha greeted us when we stepped on the lot.

She was young and sweet, and unlike any car salesperson I’d ever met. We took a test drive that convinced my wife to buy the car she wanted.

Now came the negotiations. My demeanor changed, and I quickly took control and told Samantha we needed to agree on the…

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George “Ace” Acevedo
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Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.