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Joys of Car Shopping

My sister got into a car accident on Saturday, and her car was totaled. Insurance will be sending her a nice big check to the tune of $13,000, so we went today to car shopping. We wake up nice and early, get some coffee, and head out to the main strip in town where many car dealerships are. We stop at four or five places, until we get to the last place.

It's Verdi Motors, a smaller dealership that sells all kinds of cars, for all kinds of budgets. I've been here before with my boyfriend, and I know the guys who work here aren't very friendly, but whatever. We like a few cars in the lot, there's a large variety, we pull in and park. We're walking about looking for about 15 minutes, waiting for someone to come out. Every other time I've been here, one of the guys has come out, and tried to help us. We were hoping someone could come out to talk to us so we could be let into the car, and not have to remember off the top of our heads which cars we liked.

We walk into the office. The same guy who helped my boyfriend is working. He doesn't recognize me. He asks us about which cars we liked. We tell him which ones we liked: a Honda Civic that is a standard, an Acura TSX that's automatic, and an Audi A4 that's stick. We ask if we can be let into the car, and take it for a test drive. "How old are you? 15 or 16?". My sister is 18 and I am 20. Obviously we didn't walk here, and you have to be at least 16 1/2 to be able to drive where we live. She says "I'm 18, and she's 20". Guy laughs "Haha wow! I thought you were older! You're taller!". Ugh. Story of my life, but RUDE. I reply "How old do you have to be to test drive?". He says "21. But it doesn't matter because you guys can't drive a stick, right?". Actually...we both know how to drive stick. I then reply with "You were going to let my boyfriend test drive a car here, but he couldn't drive stick, and he's the same age as I am". He looks kind of embarrassed. I realize he doesn't want us to drive his cars because he doesn't think women can a) can drive a stick, and b) can drive at all. Why would he let my boyfriend drive his car, and not me? We're the same age.

It's not a major thing, but it's something I see happening a lot. My sister and I will be on the lot looking at cars, and no one will come out to help us, but if a young or old male comes in looking, the car salesman practically fall over themselves to help them out.
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