Proverbs: Spend Wisely--Live Smart (1 of 20) by Roger Thomas
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Introduction: I hate to shop for new cars. I hate to shop--period. But I especially hate to shop for a new car. You know the drill. One step inside the dealership, one whiff of that new car aroma and BANG! You have new car fever. And the salesmen know it. First, they always push toward a more expensive model. Then they do the song and dance. "You are really getting the best of me here. If I go down one more dollar the dealership will probably go under or I will lose my job. I better talk to my manager. I know the manager's not going to like it, but I will do my best."
My real problem is that I usually wait about three months and a $500 repair bill too long to trade cars.
Some of you have heard this, but it is worth repeating. I have been telling the Top Ten Reasons It Might be Time to Buy a New Car on Everett Griggs and his old truck, but it could just as easily apply to some cars I have owned.
It might be time to buy a new car if:
10. Your passenger seat is on the National Register of Historic Places.
9. Instead of an airbag, there's a whoopee cushion taped to your steering wheel.
8. You loose the sop-light challenge to a 14-year-old on a moped.
7. 15-Minute Jiffy Lube needs to keep your car three days.
6. A sticker on your rear view mirror reads, "Objects in mirror are better than this piece of junk."
5. When you gas up, the attendant asks, "Can I re-duct tape that windshield for you?"
4. While waiting at a stop light, people run up asking if anyone was hurt.
3. Traffic reporters start referring to you by name when discussing stalled cars during rush hour.
2. You keep loosing dates on left turns.
1. When you pass hitchhikers, they put their thumbs down.
I have owned some doosies. I owned an almost twenty-year old VW Beetle that didn't have a back bumper because the Arkansas family that I bought it from had pulled the ...
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