John sold the old Taurus today. Not too bad, considering it was just listed in the paper on Monday. Once again we sold a car to a concerned parent buying a first car for their teen. Last time, we sold my old car (a cute and sporty Contour) to a young girl headed off to college. This time, it was a boy just finishing his first year at college. He needed reliable transportation to get him to his summer internship. His dad insisted on "safe" while, I'm sure, the boy wanted something fast and hot looking. Dads can be real party poopers in cases like this, thank heavens.
Although I remember MY dad was more concerned about the "cost" than the safety and reliability of the junkers he helped me purchase in my teen years. Man, I had some real shit-boxes that frequently left me stranded. Perhaps parents didn't worry as much about their teenaged daughters walking home late at night after a car breakdown back in the stone ages of the 80s. Were there less freaks, perverts and rapists back then? Perhaps.
It makes me feel good that we are becoming quite the resource for young, first time car owners. We are purveyors of quality, well-maintained, used automobiles.
Be safe out there, young man. Don't drive like I did! *cough*