Last week we almost got tricked into buying a bad car. We drove down to San Diego planning to drive home with a nice second car, but we drove home with our same little Acura. The car for sale was a 2007 Corolla for $8400. We should have known it was too good to be true. Here are some of the warning signs that made us think trouble was a brewin':
(1) The owner's silky shirt and pointy shoes, heavily greased and slicked hair, and extremely potent cheap cologne. This was definitely the number one warning sign.
(2) The owner, Frank, was overly friendly and a smooth talker, excited to seal the deal. (3) Frank saw Brynlee and said "Oh, what a sweet little Boy!", even though Bryn was dressed in all pink, and had a pink blanket and a doll in her carseat.
(4) The car had tons of extras like a GPS system, nice speaker system, IPOD port, remotes to the trunk, fancy wheels, and other things I've never heard of (but they sounded cool), but the owner was selling it for a couple thousand less that the bluebook value.
(5) The car smelled overwhelmingly of the owner's bad cologne. I almost passed out.
(6) Frank kept assuring us over and over "This car has never been in an accident!" "No accidents here, folks!" "You will not find a thing wrong with this car!" "Clean title!" "It's in perfect condition! No wrecks or problems whatsoever!" So much that it made us wonder.
(7) Frank had an unrecognizable accent (fake?), and unrecognizable ethnicity now that I think about it.
(8) The owner had a shiney gold tooth and a fake mustache.
Okay, this eighth one isn't true, but the first seven are.
Luckily, we checked the VIN number of the car and the results.....
SALVAGE TITLE! It had been in a wreck and was involved in a theft. Great. Thanks a lot Frank.
Well, we learned our lesson. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.We were, however, able to stop by the San Diego temple and walk around the grounds. It is a really stunning temple! Josh and I will have to do a session there sometime.