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Picking Up The New Car

written by John Chow on June 29, 2007

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Today was an exciting day. Not only did I made it into the July issue of BC Business magazine but I got to pick up my new family car. Our old Acura TL was coming up on four years and that’s about the longest I keep a car. We searched high and low for a replacement to the trusted family mover but in end, we got another Acura TL. One of the deciding factor that kept me as an Acura customer was the $1,500 coupon Acura sent me.

I purchased the car yesterday. The entire sales process took about ten minutes. I don’t believe in spending hours fighting back and forth with the sale person (at least not unless I feel like it). Sarah and I went into Richmond Acura, told the salesman we wanted the TL, told him the price we were willing to pay and said, “We want it now!” Richmond Acura did everything we wanted except for giving the car to us on the spot. They needed some time to prepare the car for delivery.

Taking Delivery


Marco Wu of Richmond Acura fills out the final paper work. Sally is more interested in the red MDX. I considered getting the new MDX but I still like the ride of a car more than an SUV.


The new TL at home in the garage next to the RSX. All my previous Acuras have been black but I wanted a white one this time around. A white car isn’t very evil but I don’t need an evil family car.

Now we just have to sell the old TL. Anyone want to buy it?

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Leo June 29, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Grats on the new car!
Although I think the MDX would have given you more room to grow with your family. But then again, you buy a new car every 4 years so whatever :)

A video a day June 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm

congrats on getting a new car! i can only afford second-hand ones.

:cry: :sad: :sad:

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:57 am

Same here.

ritchie June 30, 2007 at 3:51 am

well that’s whole lot better than no car :mrgreen:

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 4:17 am

True. I don’t even have a car because I can’t afford insurance. :neutral:

Grace June 30, 2007 at 9:18 am

Awww. Hope you get it soon! :grin:

zaki June 30, 2007 at 7:41 am

I’m planning to get a the new toyota camry….It’s driving me crazy!!!

Goob June 30, 2007 at 9:04 am

Hey, second hand cars will get you there just as well as new ones. Well, as long as they’re not about to fall apart like mine is!

uday June 30, 2007 at 9:55 am

I can’t really afford an new Acura, but would luv to pick up a second hand one, so how much do you quote?

free website traffic June 30, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Actually, I have much respect for people who own second-hand cars yet manage to keep them in tiptop shape. I, myself, would love a beat-up yellow Chevy Camaro with a “bee-otch” air freshener hanging on the rear view mirror. :wink:

tantan July 1, 2007 at 11:45 am

:arrow: Great!. he buy a new car every 4 years, :shock:

Shaun Carter June 29, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Nice new car John. I’m car searching myself as well. I hate looking for the right car, I can never decide what I want.

webd360 June 29, 2007 at 8:29 pm

No Mercedes clk63 Black Series? Lol, just kidding, congratulations on the car :grin:

A video a day June 29, 2007 at 10:56 pm

that’d be nice, though it wouldn’t be fit for john’s family

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:58 am

But it would look nice. That’s all that matters ;) .

zaki June 30, 2007 at 7:42 am

Well, it definitely suit his family…John, wife and child…3 of themmmm no space problem

Casey June 29, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Nice new car John! White isn’t that bad of a color. Both of those cars are pretty nice actually.

Wahlau.NET June 30, 2007 at 9:46 pm

yup…both car looks nice…like the rsx

loyal acura fan?

Goob June 29, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Sweet ride, but even sweeter negotiating skills! :) I agree, the going back and forth is a royal pain and I think I might have to try your method next time I’m looking for a new ride.

Shaun Carter June 29, 2007 at 9:54 pm

Yeah the haggling part is why I hate buying a car. Best thing to do is make your offer and make sure they have your contact info, so if they don’t bite at the dealership – walk away. I did that and had the dealer call back two days later and want to take my original offer.

Life would be a big pain if we negotiated every purchase we made… lol.

Goob June 30, 2007 at 9:02 am

Haha, imagine if we had to haggle every time we went to McDonalds or the grocery store. “What? 50 cents for a bell pepper?! I’ll give ya 34!”

webd360 July 1, 2007 at 11:43 am

lol, in some countries people still do negotiate when buying practically anything.

free website traffic June 30, 2007 at 12:28 pm

The longest time I had to spend in a car dealership was 4 painful hours — with my mom. She couldn’t decide on a car, and when she did she’d change her mind. Never go car-shopping with your mother unless she’s buying you a car, too.

Googlelady June 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Congratulations on the car John

Jack June 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Yes, this is a great car. I do like white cars also.

simon June 29, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Very nice car. Why you gonna sell the old TL? Just keep those two nice cars!

Santosh P June 29, 2007 at 9:18 pm

HAHA, JOHN Put this on a contest.. :evil: give away everything

Guitar Hero 3 June 29, 2007 at 9:29 pm

giving away a car would def get some publicity. Just look at oprah.

A video a day June 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm

john’s generous, but not that much

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:59 am

How can you be so sure :twisted: ?

free website traffic June 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Haha we could dream, but John’s no Oprah yet that’s for sure.

Mercedes June 29, 2007 at 9:22 pm

I agree with Santosh P; another contest for your old beater… Oh, and mail me my 24″ monitor already…

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:59 am

Hahaha, you know that’s mine, right?

Santosh P June 30, 2007 at 6:48 am

Dont fight… Its only mine.. :smile:

David June 29, 2007 at 9:24 pm

How I wish I stay in your neighbourhood… my country doesn’t have this MODEL at all!!! *sigh*

Milo Zinj-Asia June 29, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Isn’t the car nice and sexy?

Yep, sell your TL on auction..

thatedeguy June 29, 2007 at 9:35 pm

hmmm… Whatya spose it would bring on eBay? I can see the title now… “Make Money Online Buy John Chow’s Acura TL” Maybe a subtitle with the real details…

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 4:07 am

Haha, wonder how much it’d go for o.o.

Russell Wagner June 29, 2007 at 9:42 pm

Very nice car, wanna hand over the keys? haha thatd be crazzzy if you did a contest for a car you’d be getting like 10x the amount of buzz you already get!

free website traffic June 30, 2007 at 12:32 pm

But think about how much he’ll spend for shipping if someone from out of the country won. Yeowza.

Charles Lau - Internet Business Review June 30, 2007 at 12:41 pm

That will be me! Try shipping to Singapore.. :lol:

free website traffic July 1, 2007 at 11:52 am

Haha if he ever gives that car away, I earnestly hope you win, man. :wink:

Me June 29, 2007 at 10:01 pm

Does it have the leather seats that fat lazy Canadians prefer?

John Chow June 30, 2007 at 10:23 am

Yep, Aurca TL come standard with leather. You can’t get cloth even if you want it.

Jorge July 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

What’s the top speed?

Benny June 29, 2007 at 10:17 pm

John Nice new car, nice rsx :) thought you want to sell your rsx to lols :) congrates with the new car

Scot Smith June 29, 2007 at 10:30 pm

John… where’s the mercedes???

The TL is a great car though, can’t go wrong with an Acura.

Andrew Rouhafzai June 29, 2007 at 10:30 pm

You should obviously give the car away to a random commentator on this post…..

Andrew Rouhafzai June 29, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Ah, someone already posted that, touche.

My brother had a TL, I liked it till he decided to upgrade to an M3.

Mybloggo June 29, 2007 at 10:41 pm

Ya Andrew

John will you do that? :wink:

Benny June 29, 2007 at 10:40 pm

Scot, heheh i also wonder where his mercedes haha or may be lamborghini to replace his rsx

Benny June 29, 2007 at 10:40 pm

John, how much This TL cost you?

Joshua June 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Holy multiple commenting bastards! :mrgreen:

Benny June 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm

wahaha i just want to ask john how much the car price lols forgot to ask it from the same comment

how i wish i can edit the comment whahahahaha :))

A video a day June 29, 2007 at 11:02 pm

john, the pic of you holding your baby is real cute!

to the best blogger daddy!

Wallace June 29, 2007 at 11:05 pm

nice family new car :mrgreen:

Investorblogger June 29, 2007 at 11:47 pm

What’s the mileage?

I’m pretty sure you could sell it on this blog!


MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 3:04 am

Maybe mark a little “” on the side for publicity? :)

Russell Wagner June 30, 2007 at 7:34 am

I agree, your other car has The tech zone on it so why not have the new car with johnchow?

365 Days June 30, 2007 at 1:19 am

I have to say John Chow is one awesome guy. I posted a similar request to some high profile bloggers to check out my blog (dosh dosh, problogger, and a few others)and comment with any advice, or criticism (it’s what they blog about, why not?).

In the end, John Chow was the only blogger who didn’t delete my comment. If the other high profile bloggers don’t like the idea of helping someone in an ambitious project that is right up their alley… why blog on that topic?

Hopefully I’ll get to hear from you via a blog comment at my page Mr. Chow.

Until then… Keep giving the rest of us reason to dream.

365 Days… Can I Do It?

JoshNash June 30, 2007 at 1:58 am

It looks fantastic! :eek:

HMTKSteve June 30, 2007 at 2:27 am

So, why did you not trade the old car in when you bought the new one?

John Chow June 30, 2007 at 10:26 am

The old TL is from the US. We’re selling it back in the US.

shman June 30, 2007 at 2:49 am

Yep, this time less evil ;). Grats!

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 3:03 am

How much did Acura pay you to make this post? lol, just kidding. I wonder if they knew who you are. You should of walked in there and been like “I am the blogger that was once (hopefully again) ranked #1 for the search term ‘make money online’ and I want a car… for cheap. I’ll make a post about Acura too.”.

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 3:19 am

Great choice!
Did they recognize you?

Swapw June 30, 2007 at 3:48 am

The TL is pretty sweet, why not a Type-S John? Since you are sticking with a TL, why not getting a more top of the line one? :grin:


John Chow June 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

The Type S is nice but it was more than we need.

HMTKSteve June 30, 2007 at 12:49 pm

That comment alone explains why John is as well off and successful as he is.

Yes, he could have spent more for the nicer/bigger car but he knew it would be a waste of money to do so. All those little savings throughout the day make the difference over the course of your life.

Guadagna Online June 30, 2007 at 4:06 am

Waw man! make a contest with the car :)

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 4:55 am

Yeah! A Type-S would also be good. :smile:

Jazz June 30, 2007 at 5:33 am

I’ll buy the themore evil :twisted: black one for 50p £ sterling. :grin:

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 6:13 am

Black is smooth and elegant! :eek:

Brendan June 30, 2007 at 6:25 am

i would like to buy the car with my 1 year assist to you,JOHN. =D

Hari June 30, 2007 at 6:54 am



the black one in that picture looks beautiful June 30, 2007 at 7:05 am

thats pretty sweet, but not better than my noisy, old toyota camry, maybe i should post that on my site :lol:

Contamination June 30, 2007 at 7:18 am

Who cares about the car, I want to see more baby pics!

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 7:22 am

John is a proud dad. :wink:

Contamination June 30, 2007 at 7:24 am

Who isn’t? (except people who aren’t parents or have kids in Jail)

Here in Japan they say “Oyabaka” which is like crazy parent love, or obsessive parental love. My students say this about me all the time. I’m proud of it.

Tim June 30, 2007 at 7:27 am

Nice ride, I’d get one too if I needed it :eek:

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 8:14 am

Check out the Audi R8 in my blog!
It’s awesome.

Psp Wallpapers June 30, 2007 at 8:27 am

Nice car, I could use a new one myself!

Chris June 30, 2007 at 8:49 am

Nice car John. You should sell your old TL to the douche bag kid that was looking for the Audi TT handout. Sell it to him for 125% over blue book and teach him how to haggle. :mrgreen:

Debo Hobo June 30, 2007 at 8:51 am


Grace June 30, 2007 at 9:16 am

I was just there at Richmond Acura yesterday! :grin: And congratulations. White isn’t very evil. :wink:

free website traffic June 30, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Very clean, wholesome, and family-oriented indeed.

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Hahaha, too bad you didn’t see him. That would’ve been crazy … and kind of awkward.

Grace June 30, 2007 at 9:38 pm

I know… It’s funny we haven’t actually met yet, considering Vancouver is an easy place to run into people. :razz:

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 9:22 am

White is angelical! :lol:

Joy Anderson June 30, 2007 at 9:46 am

Hey! Sally has great taste in cars! hehe Congrats on the new car! That is our goal after the wedding! :grin:

Search Engine Marketing June 30, 2007 at 10:02 am

why didn’t you tell me you had an RSX … i’m a fellow Acura Guy … I have a 01 Type-R … Wanna Race?



John Chow June 30, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I posted pics of the RSB back in Dec!

Contamination June 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm


Any baby pics?

Terra Andersen June 30, 2007 at 10:14 am

oOoOOhh! Nice ride! I miss the acura integras.. but the TL’s are awesome too. Congrats! It’s been a good week for you, eh? *=)

Charles Lau - Internet Business Review June 30, 2007 at 10:16 am

wow! congrats for your new car!

Michael Kwan June 30, 2007 at 10:22 am

Where’s the Pagani Zonda? :lol:

Increase WebSite Traffic June 30, 2007 at 10:26 am

I smell a John Chow gives away an Acura contest


Charles Lau - Internet Business Review June 30, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I suspect he has an extra acura to be given away in the next post! :evil:

Gdog June 30, 2007 at 10:49 am

Nice work on sticking with an Acura. After driving a 98 GS-R, and 98 1.6EL I am hooked. Time to lower that TL!! ;)

H:H June 30, 2007 at 11:02 am

wow, and all that from blogging??? hehe nice choise!

MrGPT June 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm

I know! I was just thinking today how John Chow makes a lot of money and how people working 9-5 jobs don’t even make as much as him. It’s crazyyyyy.

Vancouver Realtor June 30, 2007 at 11:18 am

For that price range, I would have also considered the 300C, faster (390 torque vs 233), bigger (in every way), better looking (imo) and with Mercedez technology. The 300c’s fuel economy is slightly higher but with it ability to use regular gas and the Multiple Displacement System should narrow that gap.

John Chow June 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

The 300C is a very nice car but the interior looks cheap and uses way too much plastic. Love that motor however.

Ashley Sinatra June 30, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Very nice cars, but I’m with Sally, the red one looks fun! :grin:

free website traffic July 1, 2007 at 11:55 am

And red’s supposed to be a lucky color, too, right?

Jarle June 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm

That is a nice car. Enjpoy it! :-)

Leftblank June 30, 2007 at 4:11 pm

I see a nice opportunity to start another blog contest ‘win cars with John Chow dot Com’ :roll:

Easy Website Traffic June 30, 2007 at 5:08 pm

I smell another income stream in the form of an Acura sponsership. :evil:

I just ordered a Infinity G37 myself so cheers to the new ride.

MC July 1, 2007 at 3:49 am

Great lookin ride! Congrats on the new purchase..

dotnetnuke July 1, 2007 at 8:39 am

I will never have the chance to buy that cars. :cry:

Webmaster Money July 2, 2007 at 1:30 am

Maybe you could put your old car to some auction. Since you are famous you could even make money on it.

Motor Dude July 3, 2007 at 4:22 am

Now you just need to wack a spoiler on there and off you go. The exhausts look better on the newer ones too IMHO.

John Cow July 4, 2007 at 9:41 am

Picked a great color, white like Milk!

Webmaster Money July 4, 2007 at 9:50 am

In some countries like Asutralia you get discount on Insurance for the white colour because it is considered as safer.

One Man - July 8, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Those are two great looking cars! Congrats on the new purchase, even if Sally would have preferred the MDX.

Next time you buy a car, maybe you should go for a European one and add a family vacation into the mix–many European manufacturers offer luxurious vacations that center around the purchase of a car and there are substantial savings as well. Check out

One Man. One Year. $100,000 online.

Irv Robinson July 9, 2007 at 10:47 am

One Man, in the link that you have posted, my website is mentioned :mrgreen: Me and my partner own the website and I was asked to give an interview for Wall Street Journal, that’s where Yahoo got their story. Anyway, it was just interesting seeing you post that link.

Jorge June 30, 2007 at 10:11 am