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Why Drive a Ford Taurus When You Can Drive a Jag?

I believe that Life will give what you ask of it. When given the choice, I'd much rather drive a Jaguar over a Ford Taurus.


by Pete Ferguson

My wife and I have yet to buy a car in a calculated manner. I'm always thinking what I would like to drive next, occasionally I'll even test drive and price something out, but to date every car we've purchased was a 24-hour decision.

My current car, a Jaguar X-Type 3.0, was one of these purchases. Our SUV had to go into the shop for several days unannounced, and it was during the school year so Steph was going to need to get kids to dance, piano, and school activities. She called me on a Monday afternoon in a panic around 1 pm and told me she was car shopping.

After a long evening of test driving multiple cars, at 8:30 pm we were resigned that a Ford Taurus was going to be the best deal we could get in our now adjusted cash budget.

I was currently driving a 2005 Ford Focus and would be upgrading to a 2006 Ford Taurus. Same interior design. Same interior colors. Larger engine, but larger car, so very little performance increase. To say I was not thrilled is a major understatement.

We had a handshake deal for the exact amount we'd be writing the check for and I told our former neighbor and salesman to get it cleaned and paper work ready, Steph and I were going to grab a burger and be right back ... continue reading.

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Comment by Peter A Ferguson on July 16, 2012 at 8:49pm

Dan and Jeff, thanks for the comments and for all of the support! Driving the Jag has given my confidence a boost and propelled me toward getting the 48 Days workshops planned and very soon executed. Plus it is just plain fun to floor it and fly around a semi truck - something I never dared do in the Focus.

Jeff, I look forward to lunch tomorrow and I'm grateful for your input and support. 

Have a great rest of the evening!

Comment by Jeff David on July 16, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hi Pete, Love the story. I got to hear it from you firsthand. Having lived in Asia myself, I also learned some negotiating skills. It's been a long time since I have used them however.

Looking forward to lunch tomorrow. Are you referring to India House on approximately 8900 S. State St? Great food.

Comment by Dan Miller on July 16, 2012 at 8:17am

Peter,

Man this rocks - I love it.  A great example of how just small tweaks in our decisions can put us on a whole new path.  I had a Taurus years ago when I was recovering from a business disaster.  I still get flashes of that time in my life when I see a Taurus.  And yes, even in that time, I started planning to drive something spectacular.  I think being in a fine car increases one's confidence in everything else we do.

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