The night of January 30th I had a bad dream. I dreamed that my Honda Fit (2009. Known outside the US as the Honda Jazz) wasn’t running right, so I went to a dealership and asked them what to do. Bad idea. It turns out I was speaking to a salesperson from another dealership who talked me into buying a new car. It happened so fast. It only confirmed my feelings about dealing with sales people. Some might be nice and helpful, but at the end of the day their job is to sell things.
It also told me that I should not allow myself to easily swayed or talked into purchasing something I don’t need.
I found myself owning a new Ford! Now, my last two cars were Fords. The first one I had I loved. It was a 1990 Ford Probe. It had its problems, but overall it was a great car. My second and last Ford was a Mercury Mystique (nicknamed Mercury Mistake by some mechanics). That one wasn’t as fun. It lasted quite a long time, but I had to service it quite a bit in the end and I hated the color (the last one I could get, but more on that another time).
So in the dream I bought a Ford, and this is when the dream went downhill. It was a nice, sporty looking car, but it looked a lot like the 1993 Ford Probe or Mazda MX6. It was similar to my brother’s old car, but this one was black with a tan interior. That’s the other problem. The interior was tan leather. Two things that just don’t go together. My Mystique was tan leather and it got dirty looking very quickly (and wouldn’t get clean) and it was excessively hot in the summer. I knew in the dream that was a mistake, but this was after I had bought the car.
I was looking at it, trying to rationalize the cost (which was more than I paid for the Honda), and the fact that it was a Ford (by telling myself it’s a Mazda and by reminding myself how much I loved my old Probe), when I realized I still had my beloved Fit. I felt really sad, because I would have to give it up to make up the loss and not have two cars. I went to the salesperson and asked if she would consider the trade-in after the fact and refund me the difference. She checked her clip-board and said, “No.” I tried to reason with her, because the Fit was in demand, especially previously owned ones, but she refused, probably because it wasn’t in her best interest to do so after the transaction.
That’s when reality really set in. I knew I was dreaming at that stage, and I was relieved about it. But it saddened me, partly because I swore my next car would be another Fit, but mainly because I turned my back on my current one, which probably didn’t have anything really seriously wrong with it. Plus all that wasted money, and being swayed like that. I woke up with tears in my eyes and I apologized to my baby. Then I checked the coolant level and got the car some much needed gas.
I believe the dream was partly sparked by getting two e-mails last week from Honda telling me how much my Fit was in demand and that I should trade it in for a new car. 🙂