Last weekend we lost a used vehicle we thought we had a hold on. My used car guy felt bad, but it wasn't his fault and though we had what I thought was a perfectly valid technical claim, we didn't think it necessary to press it.
Something else would come along. We didn't need a vehicle immediately, it was just a good time to be looking.
What A Difference A Week Makes
Just a week after I first asked Dave what he had on the lot, he gets back in touch with me. Found a 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada, full time all-wheel-drive, with only 115,000 miles on it. And yes it had a heated driver's seat. (grin) Dave called in a favor from another dealer and got us a better vehicle than the one we missed, for the same price. Okay, I'll take it.
Of course at the moment we are crowded with four Blazer-class vehicles, because the 1989 S-10 Blazer 2-door 2WD is still here. Able to jump it started, but the battery was too far gone and acted like an anchor on the electrical system -- or the alternator is gone -- every time Dave tried to put it into drive it died. Dave assured me he'd grab it on Monday. (double-grin)
End Of An Era
Of course the 1989 Blazer we've had since it was a puppy. Only vehicle Mrs. Dr. Phil and I purchased new, back in September 1988 -- first of the 1989s. In fact we meant to order the last of the 1988s, but missed the deadline. Public Chevy in Calumet MI asked if we were REALLY going to buy it, when we ordered it, because it was like only the second 2WD Blazer sold in the U.P. and they couldn't get rid of it if we didn't buy it. Of course, in the U.P., if you stuck to the main roads on good snow tires and a locking differential, no problems. If you needed 4WD -- stay home.
The last two years, it's been driven very little. In the last year I'd charge the battery every couple of months and start it up. I suppose we could've been driving it more, but at 295,000 miles, I think we used it up pretty good over twenty years.
In case you think this doesn't help GM, remember if no one is buying used vehicles, it's harder to sell new one. So... what have you done lately to help the economy?