When I deployed, the first thing we did was get rid of my car. We did this primarily to get rid of payments on something I wasn’t driving for six months.
Now that I’m near the end of my deployment, I’ll be needing a vehicle again back home.
I’m getting a 2010 Ford Escape.
I should say I just got it on Monday. While deployed, you don’t spend a whole heck of a lot of money. Given that they pay me extra for being a terrorist target on top of the extra cash for being separated from my family — not to mention that all my income is tax free in Iraq — I’ve been able to save up a decent down payment for the car.
When you’re deployed, there is one easy way you can get a new car or motorcycle… Exchange New Car Sales. Essentially, it allows you to order a car at specially discounted rates (built to your specs) and have it delivered to your local dealer by the time you return home.
I didn’t take that option, though. Instead, I found that I could get a better deal on my own through Ford directly. The secret? If you are a Ford shareholder, you can apply for an X-Plan code. That entitles you to get your vehicle at near invoice cost without haggling.
This tricked-out vehicle, which was still expensive, ended up costing me several thousand dollars less than the sticker price. Combined with the 0% year-end financing deal, I made a great purchase!
Oh, and did I mention that I worked with my local dealer almost exclusively over e-mail? That power of attorney I did prior to leaving the country made it easy for my wife to buy the car on my behalf when it actually came time to sign.