Jul 25, 2009

Things usually go wrong when we try too hard to make them happen.--J. Luther Sneed, American Philosopher and Blacksmith (1881-1949). The photo is of J. Luther Sneed, my actual grandfather with one of his actual wives. He was not a polygamist, he just had a lot of wives in his lifetime. They appear to be waiting for a bus. I have always tried to live according to Mr. Sneed's wise admonition, and it has served me well. So, I am not taking this car business completely seriously. Keith the car guy, promised to get back to me by "the end of the day" on Thursday about a 2004 Honda Accord that he was negotiating to buy from an old lady in Green Valley, AZ. Green Valley is primarily a retirement community, located 25 miles south of Hooterville. The old people there have nowhere to drive and plenty of time to do it, so good buys can be had. Keith was talking to an old lady in Green Valley about buying her Accord. Despite being several years old the car only has 13,000 miles on it. Needless to say, I didn't hear a word from old Keith Thursday or Friday, so this morning on a break at work I gave him a jingle. The old lady has decided to sell her car to someone in Green Valley. Keith said that he was working on getting me a price on a new Honda Civic and would get back to me at noon today, one o'clock at the latest. Of course, he hasn't called. As far as the CarsDirect.com guy goes, he periodically leaves me a message to call him back, but he is never there when I do. So, I am waiting for just the right deal to fall into my lap, which I sure it will eventually. But if it doesn't then the Junkster and I will soldier on. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

10 comments:

tut-tut said...

I understand a GM vehicle might be a good deal . . .

Barbara said...

I thought car guys were hungry for a sale these days. These guys are missing out on a good sale by not being responsive! It's a good thing you're not desperate. I heard that you can get $4,500 in tax credits for ditching a car that gets under 18 miles per gallon. Does the Junkster qualify?

Barbara said...

Not quite right -- You can get a voucher for $4,500 toward a new car if your old car gets less than 18 MPG and your new car's MPG is 10 greater than that of your old one. I know this sounds convoluted, but it could be worth something...

Coffee Messiah said...

And think their motto is: Hurry up and wait? ; (

Bella Rum said...

We always keep our cars for at least ten years. Mine is seven years old now. I have at least three more years before I have to do this car-buying thing again. I dread it.

Merle Sneed said...

Barbara, the Junkster does qualify for the government plan. I can probably get more for it that the government program offers.

Bella, I'm coming up on 9 years with the truck.

Reya Mellicker said...

I agree completely with Grandfather Sneed. You can NOT push the river. Speaking from personal experience, I can say with absolute conviction it never works. I've tried.

The right car at the right time. It'll happen.

Kurt said...

Honda Fit.

Megan said...

"He was not a polygamist, he just had a lot of wives..."

I laughed out loud.

Steve said...

It's great that you can take this buy so casually -- that you still have functional transportation and don't HAVE to make a move right now.