Car news, good and bad

I have good news and bad news to report today.

First the good news:  Lisa bought a three year old Lexus GS 350 sporty car for $39,000, including the extended warranty.  We thought it was such a high price to pay for a used car, but we soon learned that a brand new Lexus costs around $52,000.  So, there was some savings there.

Now, the bad news:  David’s 2010 Toyota Camry died, and someone jumped his battery with cables, so David was able to drive his car to Sears.  There was no charge for the new battery, because the previous one was still under warranty.  However, he was told he needed a new alternator.  He wound up paying $524.00 for the new alternator.

Thank goodness my 2016 Hyundai Accent still works.  I was able to pick up David at Sears, bring him home for dinner, and then drive him back to Sears.  Otherwise, he would have been stranded at Sears for hours.  It’s nice to have two cars, believe me.

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9 Responses to “Car news, good and bad”

  1. David Says:

    You are so right. When the public transportation is so unreliable a second car is a must.

  2. Olga Says:

    Now there is a sign of old age — hearing about a used car that cost more than one’s first house!

    Seriously, though, congrats to Lisa on a sporty new car and glad that David’s car is repaired and running again.

  3. Christine Says:

    Glad he is able to repair it. There is always Uber for emergency rides too.

  4. Christine Says:

    Congrats to Lisa on her luxury car.

  5. DJan Says:

    My car is in the shop right now getting an oil change and new brake light. It’s 17 years old and still working just fine. 🙂

  6. dkzody Says:

    Those alternators! Terry’s had to be replaced this past spring and our neighbor’s was replaced last week. Our hot weather is really hard on batteries and alternators.

  7. Tom Sightings Says:

    Thanks for the reminder. We have two cars, and sometimes I think we have one too many … that is, until we really need the second car, as in a situation like yours.

  8. B.B. Says:

    It’s been many years since I’ve had to replace an alternator so I had no idea how much they cost now, but there’s no need to get a new battery if you don’t change a bad alternator. Hopefully no more car repairs in your near future. 🙂

  9. Beatrice Says:

    We also have 2 cars and some couples we know ask why not downsize to onky 1 … thos story is a perfectexample of why we do not because last week my car was in for repairs for several days.

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