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The "adventure" of the used car

posted 2/1/2012 9:12:49 PM |
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I may have mentioned this, or may not have, but, a couple of weeks back, the transmission on my van went to hell. Now, I could have paid to have it rebuilt, but, as it was, the transmission had already been rebuilt on it a few years ago, and, the van had close to 400,000 miles on it anyway. So, with thinking about gas prices going up and all, I figured it was time to get a car. You know, smaller, little easier on gas.

Well, Dad looked around for me while I was at work. I had borrowed my sister's van for the weekend since she was in town. So, it was basically a "rush" to find something. Dad had found a nice little Grand Prix. It was relatively clean car for a 95. He test drove it, talked down the price on it, and got it. I got the title and my insurance transferred to it, and drove it for a couple of weeks. At the time, the only gripe I had about it was that it didn't have a radio. Then it snowed. Not much, not even an inch. Something us Michigan lifer's can cruise on at near normal speeds. Yeah. It was then I discovered this car did not handle on snow at all. I'll put it this way, on a surface where, if I were driving my van, I could have easily gone 45mph, with the Grand Prix, I didn't dare go above 20mph or it would literally start sliding. I was 20 minutes late for work that day. I remember I had to stop by Mom and Dad's after work that day because I had the title for the van signed and was giving it to Dad. So I mentioned my morning drive, and he said it could have been the sway bar and bushings. Ok. So, since it was a weekend, there wasn't anywhere to take the car at the time, so, I went home. And the roads were clear and is was smooth sailing. Now, come Monday, I have classes. Little snow on the road, I was ready this time and left earlier. Yep, damn car, didn't dare go over 20 with it again. But, I made it to class on time. By the time that class was done, the roads had been cleared by our road crews, so the drive home was ok. Later, for my evening class, temps had risen into the mid 30's and it hadn't snowed in a few hours, so I chanced it and went to class. Roads were fine. Roads were fine last night also for class.

So, today, Dad stops by after work, offers to take the car in to have it looked at and to see what it would cost to fix it. He was only gone an hour and he came back with it. I knew then something was wrong. That is just way too fast for any kind of work on a car. Even an oil change. Dad walked in, and the first words he said, "bad news". Yikes! Turns out, the entire rear end on the Grand Prix is nothing but rust...there was no way the mechanic could put it on a hoist to look at it because it would have "fallen apart". So, Dad said to get online and see if we could find something else because this car was not safe to be driving. In fact, he is going to call a scrap yard tomorrow. Anyway, I saw this Buick Century, Dad called on it, and we went to take a look at it. From the outside, it didn't look too bad. I glanced in the back passenger window, noticed some boards that were "under" the driver's seat..didn't think anything of it at the time. Dad came back with the key to start wouldn't start. Weird. Dad got out, started looking around, noticed those boards, and then noticed they were holding the driver seat up. I took one look at Dad and said "hell no! I ain't spending money on that!". He laughed. By this time, the guy selling the car came out and we told him there was no way..not with that front seat just plunked onto a couple of 2x4's. So, the guy pointed out this 2001 Chevy Impala for $1,000.

I was leery, so was Dad. What it was, the rear driver's side has a dent where it had been hit. That was all. And the previous owner didn't want it. Dad started it, motor is silent, no whines/whistles/rattles or thumps. Dad drove it around the block, smooth ride, where the dent was didn't interfere with it. It was at a garage, so, Dad had them put it on the hoist so he could look under it, and it's fine. So, for $1,000 I got me a 2001 Chevy Impala. Yeah, it has a dent...that's cosmetic. Mechanically, it's a damned good car.

Oh yeah...and it has a working radio too!

Cars....what a pain in the pocket book!

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Feb 1 @ 9:28PM  
Sounds to me like dad takes good care of his little girl!!
Was heck of a price on the Impala. Looks are not as important as reliability!

Feb 1 @ 11:35PM  
Good luck with your New ride!!!

Living in the Snow country like you do...I'm sure rust is a biggggg...Problem with some of the cars..?!

My Dad had a Place on the Eastern shore..and if the cars/trucks were not undercoated very just a Years time..rust would be working on it!!!
The Salt is in the air any coastal area.

Feb 2 @ 7:39AM  

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