Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The widowmaker....

This is why healthcare in America can never be reformed. I present to you "The widowmaker". 1 1/2lbs ground beef, 1 lb of bacon, 1 lb of Italian sausage, a box of hot pockets (my personal favorite), a package of fried onion strips, stuffed between two pepperoni pizzas, sauce and cheese. Just slightly more creative than Twitter :)

Housing prices ticked up ever so slightly last month as a result of first time home buyers moving aggressively to buy low-end homes before the tax credit expires. Like the Cash for Clunker program before it, the housing stimulus will prop up the market for a short period and then the market will adjust when the stimulus is gone.

Consumer confidence slipped slightly last month and that caught many off-guard because layoffs had slowed and spending seemed to firm over the summer thanks to Cash for Clunkers and home buying. The consistent theme in the consumer confidence report has been that the present conditions portion remains very weak, while the expectations portion remains elevated. I think if the present conditions remain weak it could lead to another weak holiday season for retailers but it's really too soon to tell.

I mentioned over the summer that I had a painless auto buying experience with a local dealer. I promised that after I received my title that I would give the dealer a little good publicity. So, drum roll please......

Thank you to Steve and the office staff at Dealmaker Honda in Watertown. I walked in with a number in mind and had a deal done in 15 minutes. Painless. 2 weeks later I was driving my new Honda and I've been happy with the experience. Car buying is about my least favorite activity in the world, so to have a good experience was refreshing.



Anonymous said...

Just curious - why did it take you two weeks after you made the deal to get your new Honda?

The Artful Blogger said...

It's a good question. I think I was one of the first Cash for Clunker deals that they did at DealMaker so they were understandably concerned with how long the process might take.

I believe that according to the CARS.gov website I should have been able to take delivery when we agreed to a price and I delivered my truck.

I didn't push the issue so the entire process took slightly longer than usual.

Given the horror stories I've heard from others dealing with ENORMOUS dealers I was pleasantly surprised by Dealmakers performance.