What to Expect at Good Car Dealerships

guest post, grown up stuff, cars + other vehicles

It seems that over the years, the expectation of car dealerships has declined. People go to a dealership expecting the worst. People assume they are going to be haggled, manipulated, pushed to buy, and more. But there are some car dealerships in Durham, NC, that are different. You shouldn’t put up with bad service. Here are some things you can expect at a good car dealership.


The first thing you should find at a good car dealership is respect. If they don’t respect you or your wishes, you will find yourself wishing you hadn’t even gotten out of bed in the morning. Nothing is worse than wanting help but getting disrespected instead. You probably have a price point in mind. You probably also have an idea of the type of car you want. You should expect car salesman to respect your wants and needs. They shouldn’t continue to try to show you cars outside of your price range. They shouldn’t try to convince you to buy a car you really don’t love. They should respect your opinion on all things. Besides, you are going to be the one forking out the money and driving the vehicle on a regular basis.


You should also look for patience. Buying a car is a big decision. If you don’t want to commit right that second, it’s okay. Car dealerships shouldn’t make you feel bad or guilty for wanting to look around at other places before making a final decision. They should be happy that you are putting a lot of thought into it. They should also have patience if you want to try a few different cars instead of simply falling in love with the first one they show you. Choosing a car is a process, so you need someone helping you that has a little patience.


The last thing you want is to feel pressured into buying a car. There are salesmen who work off of commission. They may be desperate for you to buy a car from them immediately. This shouldn’t be how it works. You can find great car dealerships in Durham, NC, that will put you first. They will set aside their desire to sell cars and actually listen to what you want. This is the atmosphere you should look for.

Jared Quips

Buying a car, whether brand new or second hand, sure is a major decision to make in one’s life. That is why it is a must that you seek the advice + help of those whose opinion you trust + value, like family members, friends + a reliable car dealership. It might, after all, make or break your decision + the whole car buying experience. It might take a few more years before I set out to buy a car of my own, or before I can finally afford it, but am sure my dad has a lot of nifty tips I can follow to make it one pleasant experience.

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toddler talk #1

mum stumbled upon this cool meme from another blog she visited a few days ago + cannot wait for us to join! she asked me these questions + wrote down my answers with her insights. read on + let me know what you think 🙂

1.  What are you going to be for Halloween?
batman {good thing, since i did not have to buy him a new one! :)}

2. Sing a line from your favorite song.
Flashturmers more than meets the eye! {he then went on to sing it a number of times, substituting “eye” with letters of the alphabet, yep, from a-z! i think the little man thought i was referring to the letter, instead of the body part 😉
3. What is your favorite toy?  
Lightning Mcqueen remote control {now, we do not have this yet, so am betting this is more of a gentle reminder for me to buy him this toy for Christmas 🙂

4. What is your favorite snack?

5. What is your favorite animal?
joining here for the first time:
Jessie Jo At Home
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The best online games for kids

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trying one of those educational online games in our desktop

Many kids love online games and would spend all day in front of their computers if you let them. So mums and dads will be pleased to know that they can easily find loads of safe educational online games for kids of all ages to enjoy. Learning games are good for younger kids, helping to prepare them for pre-school and school, and encouraging them to see learning as fun.

Fisher Price

Fisher Price has a range of accessible, fun, and educational games for babies, toddlers and preschool children to play. You can choose from matching games, coloring games, story games, and a whole variety of other fun activities. Select games based on the learning target, such as ABC or 123, or simply choose the ones that look like fun! It’s all free and safe for kids to enjoy.


The Cbeebies website is bright, colorful and very appealing for little kids to browse around. Games are based on favorite television characters, and include sound games, science games and picture games. Kids get medals and applause for completing games. Older kids will find more games on the BBC website, which are tied in to ages, grades and learning targets in maths, literacy and science.

Sesame Street

Kids of all ages love the fun and quirky Sesame Street characters and will have a ball playing these funny games. Check out ‘Count me to Sheep’ – a brilliantly simple counting game with acrobat sheep! Or play an imagination game with ‘Elmo the Musical’. The website includes tips and hints to play along with your kids and keep the games going offline too.

Disney Junior

Based on favorite Disney shows, these games are beautifully designed with lots of different fun activities for your child to do, as well as videos to watch and interactive art galleries to enjoy. Try the Art Attack ‘Make a Painting’ activity, which teaches kids how to mix colors and lets you print out or post online their favorite paintings.

Jared Quips

We have a number of online games on mum’s mobile phone and my favorite at the moment is this kids doodles app where i can draw + doodle to my heart’s content. these sure are ideal in entertaining little tots like me! Not only are they great activities while spending a fine time at home, they are also perfect tool to teach + let kids learn. Disney + Sesame Street are just a few of my faves + I cannot wait to give their online games a try. What are your faves so far? I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below.

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kids in doodles: trick or treat at playschool

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kids in doodles, playschool, halloween, toddlers
it is time for another round of kids in doodles + it is all about halloween!

i was sick for the last week + it was a good thing i was a lot better, just in time for the trick or treat party at my playschool.  for this year i went as the caped crusader, batman! i sure like this costume from last year + it still fits! 🙂

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a lot of my playmates are clad in their favorite superheroes ~ wonder woman + super girls, while others came in peter pan, prince + fairy costumes. we all look fancy! {that’s kim + fina, with me in the photo}

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apart from the colorful costumes, we also made this cool frankestein paper mask out of paper cut-outs! what do you think?

kids in doodles, playschool, halloween, toddlers

after our recess, we had an exciting ghost hunt + pin-the-spider-legs game. i only manage to find one ghost, though, but i was able to paste all of the spider’s 8 legs!

we also had a piñata filled with candies + our teacher even prepared a treat bag for everyone! we all had a wonderful time!

how’s your trick or treat activities this year? share your colorful stories with us + let’s make this game even better by visiting the other playmates!

happy halloween! 🙂

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car talk

if you have been a regular visitor of my little corner, you must’ve noticed by now that i am really drawn to anything cars. i am also fascinated with the history + trivia relating to cars, like did you know that the first car or automobile, called Benz Patent-Motorwagen, was made in 1886 by German inventor Carl Benz? cool, right?

this interest not only include my favorite cartoon character, lightning mcqueen and his gang of interesting + colorful cars, but extends to other toy car, car collectibles, car racing arcade games + mobile up,+ real cars, as well. i think i got this from my dad, who also loves cars + dreams of me being a car racer when i grow up!

it was my dad who kindled this interest in cars when he’d tag me along to watch all those exciting honda race car videos on youtube. he is also quick to point out those awesome cars whenever we are out for a drive. just recently we saw this very cool lamborghini gallardo, as we passed by their showroom. i think it is really handsome!

apart from watching cars,i also enjoy it very much when we are out for a drive on my dad’s car! especially when he’d put my favorite song, sweet child o’ mine, on the player. sometimes when i am preoccupied with the scenery passing by, he’d put his player on fm radio to listen to current music or to one of those funny + interesting talk shows. i think they make car traveling much more interesting.

speaking of radio talk shows, here are a few interesting tidbits about car talk radio that people from nprcartalk.com created, i hope you learn something from it!

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