The Odyssey and the mortal Hemp family

Today we purchased the Honda Odyssey.  Silver with gray interior…yes, we are very daring in our color choices.  Once we figured out what car we wanted, Chris emailed the specs of our ideal minivan to a dozen dealerships across the state and asked for their best offer.  We included all accessories that we wanted installed and asked for an “out the door” quote.  We only heard back from about 6, but it was interesting b/c the quotes really didn’t vary drastically.  A Greenville dealership had the winning quote, but a local dealership here in Raleigh price matched, so we didn’t have to drive.  That was convenient 🙂  However, it still took us 2 hours to get all the paperwork done!  We walked in the door with a car and agreed upon price and it still took forever.  It should have been in and out.  We ended up having to play the pregnant woman with twins really needs to eat some dinner…can we please wrap this up as soon as possible?

I seriously don’t know how they sell so many cars.  If we had just walked in off the street for a test drive and decided to buy, it would have taken more than half the day.  I understand completely that cars are expensive, but from all the test driving we did, salespeople sure did rush to get you to buy a car.  So you spend 30 minutes deciding to buy this super expensive item and then 3 hours to make the decision official.  If I were running a car dealership, I would want that part to be the quickest.  Hurry up…get them to sign before they change their mind!!!!


We ended up picking up the car the following Saturday after all the accessories had been installed.   I was out of town, but Grammie and Grandpa helped Chris go over to pick it up. They washed and waxed it that weekend to make it all pretty for me when I got home.  It even had a giant red bow on top 🙂