Thursday, July 27, 2006


My good friend, Kevin, from, was able to figure out who (what?) is the new addition to our family.

It is a 1999 gold Toyota Camry - with very low mileage and in very good condition. It was bought primarily for TP to use, although she can't take it with her to college this year. She'll be able to take it next year, when she is doing her clinicals. At the end of her college, then she will buy the car from us, as the title is in my name.

The girl is absolutely THRILLED and very grateful. It sure beats driving around an old Volvo station wagon with no air conditioning or air, and with a huge crease that starts from the driver's side door to the rear bumper. That car also costs a ton of money to fill it up; whereas, gas mileage is great for this new car.

Pictures will be forthcoming, as soon as I can get TP out of the car long enough to be able to take some. Believe it or not, we purchased it on E-Bay from a dealership about 100 miles away from here - and so far, it's been a very satisfactory experience. The car will be looked at by our local dealership to see if there needs to be anything done to it, but the car drives impeccably well. Would you ever purchase a car on the internet???


At 3:44 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

"Would you ever purchase a car on the internet???"

Um, what are you selling? That old Volvo?

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Congratulations TP!!!!!!

At 5:14 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

You sure had me going! What a wonderful thing for TP! My first car was a 1975 Volkswagon SuperBeetle. Dark green. Light tan interior. Took $5 to fill it up and I could drive it for two weeks.

Ahhh...those were the days!

I'm not sure I'd buy a car off the Internet but I certainly did a lot of preliminary leg work for my last car online. It saved me lots of time and money at the dealer's (once I finally walked in the door.)

At 7:19 PM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

Good for TP!! My girls share a 2000 Corolla and it has been great.

We have purchased two "pre-owned" (nice euphimism for used) vehicles over the internet from out of state.....a 1999 Passat from NJ and a 1997 Ford Ranger truck in DE.
We've been pleased, except were not aware about how much repairs cost for the German-made Passat. Ugh!! Then there's the 1998 Ford Windstar van that takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin.' (We have four vehicles for five drivers.....Don't even ask about the cost of insurance.)

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

My first ride was a 1963 Dodge Dart covertible with push button transmission, a coat hanger for an antenna, and definitely No Hemmi! Sweet! I'd probably not buy a car over the Internet, but like Jules, I've done a lot of "leg work" online (her legs are likely better than mine, though). P.S. What prize do I win for the correct guess?

At 7:47 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Um, Jeff - I'm not selling anything - we bought the Camry over EBay. But, if you're interested in the Volvo, we could talk!

Paula - Hi sweetie! I miss you so much! :-)

Jules - My first car was a 66 Chevy Impala. Loved that thing. I could get it up to 120 without a problem (but DON'T share that with my girls). When I just bought my Toyota Highlander, I spent days on the internet looking, and I just kept on going back to it and drooling. The price was right, too. SO, we went down to the city, negotiated a price, and took it home that afternoon.

Jodi - I was a little nervous about purchasing this over the internet, but it was from a very smaller dealership, and he drove it to our front door for no charge, and there were no other fees except taxes. He even gave us a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty at no extra cost. The car is in great shape - although we are going to have our own Toyota shop give it the once over, just to make sure. If this all works out, we'll probably do it again when my husband needs to get one in a couple of years.

Kevin - My second car was a Dodge Dart (not a convertible), and I loved the "sportiness" of it! My dad wrecked it - long story. Your prize is the knowledge that you have an uncanny ability to know what I'm going to say next. . . Sorry, I really dont have a prize! :-(

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

Okay, my first car was a Chrysler Horizon. Funny thing was my boyfriend (husband) has one too and we would park next to each other, ohhh, so cute.

Anyway, he's bought some weird stuff off of eBay, so no, I'm not surprised. And you're not the first person I've known to buy one from there.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

Val, I have lost your email when I changed computers. Would you email me? I want to send you the rest of that post and to ask you a question.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger JodiTucker said...

Just a little side-story.....My husband, Pete and his dad flew to NJ to pick up the 1999 Passat some years ago (bought over E-bay)......well, the original car he bid on did not meet the specifications that were given over the net. Pete pulled out the paperwork and said he would not accept this vehicle and what were they(the dealership)going to do??
The dealership showed him a number of other cars and Pete found one that was more of what we wanted for a lesser price. (Pete sees this as a big adventure. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm along for the ride.) We tacked on a vacation in DE to the beach last summer to pick up the 1997 Ford Ranger in Wilmington, DE at the end.(Son Joe loves his stick shift truck and has paid it all back to the Bank of Tucker.)


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