There are few things in this world I hate more than car shopping. I’d really rather spend an August day in Mississippi fishing in my winter rainsuit, go shoe shopping with my wife or; worst of all, spend another day fishing on Lake Lewisville than look for a new tow vehicle. But with my 4 year old Suburban getting close to the 200,000 mile mark, I really didn’t have much of a choice.
I’ve owned a bunch of trucks over the years and, in fact, my first truck was a 1973 Chevy Blazer. That’s back when a Blazer was a full size truck, more along the lines of a Tahoe now. This truck was an UGLY! Blue with a blue interior, this truck had more ugly on it than a Rolling Stones group photo. It may have gotten 7 mpg on a good day but gas was only 76 cents a gallon, so who cared. And like any 15 year old with his first car, I loved having it.
Back then, having a car meant freedom to pull Dad’s boat to all the places around town that I’d wanted to fish but hadn’t gotten a chance to go to yet. I must have put that old aluminum Fisher-Marine into every pond or lake within 50 miles of town.
After a few day of car shopping, I’ve decided that if the CIA really wants to get terror suspects to talk, they should seriously consider dropping water boarding from their playbook and just make them go out talk to car salesmen for a day. Personally, I’d confess to almost anything after that.
It constantly amazes me how uninformative most of these salesmen are about their own product. I sell for a living and if I said “I don’t really know” as much as these guys, I’d never sell anything. Fortunately, the internet makes researching a new truck pretty easy and I have to say that the folks (especially Travis) over at Gray-Daniels Toyota made this purchase pretty easy.
Normally, I’d just call the dealership we always deal with and tell them what specs I was looking for in a new Suburban. But the pricing has finally gotten to the point that I decided that I was going to have to drive something more economical. After all, there was about $8000 dollars difference from a Suburban to a Toyota Crewmax pickup and that difference can pay a lot of entry fees. Add the fact that Toyota supports bass fishing and has their Bonus Bucks program and it wasn’t hard to figure out which way to go.
So the next time you see the Scoutlook Weather/Lowrance Phoenix headed down the road, you’ll notice a new look to the truck that’s pulling it. In honor of the change in make and model, I even decided to drop the white I’ve used for years and changed over to a silver one. Best of all, I don’t have to go car shopping for another 3 years or so!
Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible: Scoutlookweather.com, Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Mercury Motors, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Bass Angler Magazine and Mississippi Van Lines. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.