Walked into multiple car lots yesterday, trade-in ready and pre-approval on tap, only to be turned down. Nobody could work in my price range. I even had a dealer ask me, “Have you considered buying from a private party?”

I did get some wheel time from one dealer who tried his best to help me out. I felt bad, but I really didn’t like any of the cars he showed me. I’m taken aback by how straight-forward and no-bullshit all the dealers were, and how willing they were to offer me advice for my particular situation.

Ugh, I was hoping to be done with this yesterday. I love cars, but I hate shopping for cars.