Mod edit: This thread started as an off-topic discussion in the What did you pay for your CX-5? thread. Please keep it civil and respect the opinions of others, even if you disagree.
Many people on here have posted their mind-set of, 'I was tires', it wasn't worth a 3 hour drive', I was mostly happy with deal" AND my favorite - 'It wasn't worth my time to argue anymore'.The older I get, the less tolerant I am to messing around trying to save the last dime on any purchase, even though I am basically a cheapskate at heart.
Yes, you have to put a value on your time and out of pocket expense, but here's my pushback on the 'It wasn't worth my time to argue anymore', or 'driving 3 hours' arguements... I don't know about you, but while I make decent money, I don't make $500/day, so if I have to spend a days worth of energy to save $500 I'll do it. YMMV. Let's say I said to you "I'll pay you $500 for 8 hours of driving, making phone calls, and talking to the manager" That's more than a days pay for most people. - I'd work 8 hours to $500, which is the same $500 in your pocket as saving $500. - yes, after you consider the cost of travel and such. - oh, do it on a Saturday and you don't miss work
A corollary pointing out the opposite......, people will wait for 45 minutes for a free stack of pancakes on pancake day. But I'll bet you if you asked that same person "hey, I'll pay you $5 to stand over there for 45 minutes", they'd look at you like you're nuckin' futz. I'll always be amazed at what people will or wont do to save or earn money.
I already know that most disagree with me on the effort to save money.