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Family and Friends is my everyday journal. Captain's Log is where I pontificate on religion and politics.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Busy busy busy

I remember the show Eight Is Enough with Dick Van Patten. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live in a house with that many people in it. Well with oldest grandson here we have eight in the house, and it is more than enough. There is very little quiet, that for sure. So much for an empty nest.

I've decided to put my Captain's Log blog on indefinite hold. If I'm going to rant over some things I might as well rant about them here. I hope the few faithful readers I have there make the transition and join in.
I wanted to use the cash for clunkers bill all the dealers are screaming about in their ads. What a rip off. I thought I could trade in my eleven year old money pit (1996 Ford F-150) that I bought for E two years ago and the little Hyundai Elantra for a new car, keep the payments the same and get out from under the insurance, gas and repairs. E no longer could use it since he has a girl friend and three kids. I was driving it to the golf course and back and that was about it; maybe one or two trips to the dump a year. In over two years we put less than ten thousand miles on it.
Well most of the dealers kept trying to tell me it didn't qualify for the full $4,500 when I knew damn well it did. Brand new it had a mpg average of 15 and the vehicles I was looking at were rated over 25. Then they'd only give me half of what the blue book trade-in value on the Hyundai which meant combined I'd have $500 to put down on the new vehicle.
I thought it was kind of stupid to trade in a car that meets my needs and will be paid off in two years for higher payments and practically give the dealer my truck. So I sold it.
I didn't like the idea of taking a good work truck like this and turning it into scrap. I'm out from under it, but know someone will be using it. It was a good truck. I just didn't have much use for it.


Unknown said...

Dammit, I had a feeling that offer was too good to be true. You did the right thing, P M. I share your love of trucks and cars, of course and your strategy was smart. I'm sorry it didn't work out. But again, you overcame that set back with a good counter move. A special Toast to you on hoping you find your dream vehicle! Have a nice weekend!

P M Prescott said...

I know what my dream car is. Either the new Camaro or Challenger. I just have to wait until the wife's dream car (Mustang) is paid off. Of course the new F-150 four door is about the same price as the other two cars and would be much more useful.