Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Automobiles, Old and New

 Today’s automobile:

Proof there is a  'Lemon Law', this is the poster child.

 And now some thoughts for today:

I have always been interested in automobiles, I think most young folk are. I could hardly wait to reach 16 to get my driver’s license. I mentioned before that I flunked my first driver’s test. I was embarrassed, especially since I ‘was so stinking good!’  ;-)

I have always changed the oil in my cars and back when they had to be greased I did that. The changes in autos in many cases are outstanding. I have not greased an auto in years. It was hard to get familiar with the headlight dimmer switch not being on the floor. As a matter of fact 90% of autos had the starter on the floorboard also.

Also the super changes are the engines wear time. Up thru the 1960s you were lucky to get 60,000 miles on an engine before it started using oil and needed an over haul. Shucks we had to remove and replace or clean spark plugs every 4,000 miles. Now plugs last over 100,000 miles. Engines go 300k at times and not need an over haul.


That brings up the reason Car salesmen have such a bad name. Used cars were notorious for being sold with so many problems covered up. If a transmission slipped or leaked, MANY crooks added ‘sawdust’ to the unit. Rusted parts were ‘bondo’d’ or leaded to hide rust. All those old speedometers could be rolled back, and many were.

So many shysters sold cars, of course no warranty, it was truly a time of “Buyer Beware!”  Today few salesmen ‘use high pressure lines to sell’ cars. You are pretty safe buying a car today, especially with low mileage. I am sure odometers can be reset, but it is NOT simple and probably is seldom, if ever, done.


Over the years we have bought two new cars, the rest have been used. I was ‘burned’ once but not bad.  Have you had a bad experience in used autos?

 A truly USED (up) car.... ;-)




betty said...

We have only bought 2 used cars over our years and thankfully they were not lemons. I am not sure I could sell cars. I am too honest lol. If I knew something was wrong with the car I woukd have to tell the perspective buyer about it lol.


Mevely317 said...

I remember the days when my father took the family auto for a tune-up! As a matter of fact, I was thinking of that a few months ago and asked Tom, "How come that's not a 'thing' any more?" Amazing how nowadays someone just plugs it in to a computer.

My own history with used/new cars is about half and half, good and bad. Suppose that's the way life goes; there's no guarantees.

Susie said...

I love that funny lemon car. I see cars in town with different colored doors or hoods. I call them puzzle cars. Blessings, stay well. xoxo, Susie

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Over here you can now buy a car on-line. Delivered to your home for one month trial. Quality guaranteed or your money back.

God bless.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've never owned a new car. Only ever had used cars. Some have been other than others. But I'v had some lemons too. We take chances buying used, but sometimes we don't have a choice.

Dar said...

I was 28 when I bought my very own 1st new car, rolled it on the ice. The cops figured I was only going about 20 mph but on glare ice, hit a pothole, it whipped round and round and landed on it's side after rolling and landing on a huge boulder. The car had to be opened with the jaws of life to get me out. I ended up with whiplash and a vow to never do that again...scary.!
😵 I was wishing I was driving the ol'jalopy that had the dimmer on the floor.
The vehicle industry sure has changed., at least it's hard to turn back miles now days.
loven'hugs from up north where the sun is shining bright this winters evening.