After caring for mom and dad today, Mrs ERJ and I drove to Allendale to do some car shopping with Belladonna.
We went to the car lot that was within walking distance of where Belladonna lived. The lot was packed. Cars and trucks were parked in every possible square foot of the lot.
I found a place to park in the shade and was promptly, and politely asked to move. I did.
Bella gave the pertinent data on the vehicle she wanted to look at. The sales-lady brought out a portable jump-starter as the vehicle had been there a long time.
The vehicle was covered with sap and bugs. There was more corrosion than I expected for a 2008. Belladonna started the vehicle and said "This is not the right car."
A short conversation happened where the sales-lady avowed that it WAS the right car.
Bella said that the description on the internet specified that the vehicle had 93,000 miles and the odometer of the vehicle registered 160k when it was powered up.
The vehicle was the right one but somebody had fat-fingered the mileage.
I am extremely proud of Bella for catching that first thing. Using the correct mileage changed the estimated $/mile from 4.7 cents to over 12 cents a mile, the worst on the list.
I have no doubt that the sales-person would have taken a fifteen hundred less than the asking price but the price would have to drop by three grand before it would be in the hunt.
Belladonna was bummed. I considered it a rousing success. We visited a car lot. Belladonna double-checked the information that could be verified. Belladonna did not fall in love with a vehicle. Bella did not get steamrollered by a sale-person. Belladonna was able to walk away.
While we were driving back to Eaton Rapids, Belladonna sent me a list of vehicles to check out in the Lansing area. One of them is a 2013 with 90k miles that is in her price range. I will look at it tomorrow.