• ETC
  • Feb 14, 2013
When you are not the one in charge of the purse strings, creativity is a must when trying to get the string-holder to bankroll that next shiny object you just can't live without.

When I was a kid, I decided that life wasn't worth living if it weren't in pursuit of owning a GMC Typhoon. My 12-year-old self crafted a fiscal strategy that, when combined with my offer of a 49-percent share of ownership in the car in return for my parents' contribution of 80-percent of the purchase price, would see me behind the wheel of a Typhoon by the time I hit college. They walked away from the negotiating table and, the economic climate of the 8th grade being what it was at the time, another partner wasn't found before the Typhoon was discontinued.

Roy El-Rayes, however, has succeeded where 12-year-old me failed, and he did it by using the sort of professionalism that only a PowerPoint presentation can provide, along with some humor and bold-faced flattery.

Roy's object of desire was a C6 Corvette Z06, and while his wife had already agreed a Corvette would be an okay purchase to replace their Jeep, he had found one a little over budget. No worries, as sound fiscal reasoning, pledges of personal sacrifice, strategic placement of kittens and admiration for the lady's arrears were more than enough to swing the decision in his favor. He reports in the comments on this Reddit post that she said yes. Click here to flip through his pitch.

UPDATE: Though Ray has already won permission to buy his Corvette, KBB.com wanted to make sure the decision-making spouse's mind wouldn't change, and so used its expertise to create a presentation to back up Ray's. Watch it below.



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      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      A C5 z06? Man just start saving up for a used C7 in a couple years.
      g999s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go get it !!!!!!!!!! CORVETTE............AMERICA...**** YEAH !!
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trade-in value is great at $2,200 less than what he owes? Then his next slide is about resale values..... Dave Ramsey should hire this dude for his financial genius!
      flflyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am so tired of hearing the vette or any red convertible is a mid-life bla bla... My first car at 16 was a red convertible Spitfire, being 40 years ago, I have always had a two seat something, Vette included. PS No compensation ethier... despite all the guff, girls still like the bad boy rides, don't ya ladies!!! I really just drive em for the pure joy of it, to please just me.
        Roy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flflyboy
        Yeah, I get that 'mid-life crisis' thing a lot. It's no biggie. I didn't get the car for anyone else but me. People are welcome to their opinions. At the end of the day, I'm the one sitting behind the wheel of a car I love :]
      judestewart1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can\'t imagine living a life and not expirence owning a vette.
      A.J.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brilliant.
      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Which is why I never plan on getting married. Lol. If I make my own money, I'll buy what I want.
      belldn3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bottom line. Who ever makes the money call the shots. It's your fault for letting some brokeass person come into your life and tell you what to do. Notice I didn't say anything about gender, just who makes the money?
        Roy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @belldn3
        lol, we both make good money brother. It's not about who makes the money. It's about being in a partnership :]
          audisp0rta4
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Roy
          No need to try to talk sense into these basement dwellers. The closest most of these asshats have come to a relationship is with their right hands. I'm not married yet, but I get where you're coming from since my girlfriend and I even make some financial decisions together. Such as if I should add boost to my car. It's not a big deal to work as a team. At the end of the day, she's happy, I still get blown...and so does my car! ;)
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      silly man
      bjzq8
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a similar desire for a Typhoon. I sat in a shiny new Syclone at a dealership before being shooed away. I pined for one since that moment. I got my wish in 2002, though; it was everything I thought it would be. How I wish GM or Ford made something like it; I guess the Flex is pretty close, though. I'd love to see an Equinox SS with a 380-horsepower V-6 and AWD, but in this era of gas mileage I'm not holding my breath.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        Explorer Sport.
        sspurrier
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        They used to make one ..from 06 till 09 Chevy had the Trailblazer SS AWD with the GTO Motor in it ( 6.0 liter 394 HP) . Was great fun and had a load of utility, unlike the same era Cherokee SRT8 it could tow things. Only problems was it had the typical mid 2000's GM Build quality ..meaning at 4 years old with 50k miles we were have electrical gremlins, and it had the Fuel economy of a cinder block going uphill towing a Ford Flex with 4 flat tires.. All that being said I would buy one again in a heart beat, not too many family cars are that grin inducing.
          bjzq8
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sspurrier
          Yup, I bought one (a TrailBlazer SS) for my ex-wife. Not terribly fast, but it sounded like a NASCAR, and had really short gearing, and of course could stomp most everything else she met on the road. I've been disappointed that they have gone the unibody, V-6 direction for all of their SUVs short of a Tahoe...I hope that they come out with an SS something in the new TrailBlazer (2014? 2015?)
        A.J.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        It's not exactly an SS, but in a few weeks my wife and I will be picking up an Equinox with AWD and the V6. For 2013 they swapped in the 3.6L direct injected V6, good for 301 HP. Same engine as the base Camaro, top engine in the CTS and ATS (Obviously excluding the CTS-V). They're actually surprisingly quick.
      PurlGurl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, if only my husband would actually consult with me before spending. Maybe I'd get told my butt was nice too.
      tktnuri21
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd just talk about it. Just in case I had fuzzy math she couldn't go back and say see you said right here. I could just say no thats what we talked about remember?
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