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{May 19, 2010}   Used car salesman

I believe I had previously posted about my grandfather’s car getting stolen and trashed.

As with a lot of elderly people, they tend to get fixated on something and just keep talking about it over and over and over again.  I’m blessed with an overabundance of patience, but unfortunately that doesn’t extend to anyone else in my family.

So Pop Pop will turn 92 years old this December.  He talks about how he has no feeling in his hands.  He’s completely deaf.  And, umm, he’s over 90 years old.  Florida is full of elderly people who maintain their driver’s license and run into buildings because they forget which is the gas and which is the brake.  He’s done that himself, although luckily he didn’t run into a store or anything, just his own house.  That being said, I think it’s important for him to have a car.  He doesn’t drive much, and really only takes back roads to get to the family business where I work.  He comes in the office, clips some coupons, and enjoys the company.

What does he want?  A car between 1-10 years old, that has had only one owner, kept in a garage, less than 40k miles, and costs under $6,000.  He wants someone to drive him around Tampa and look for cars for sale on the side of the road.  He wants someone to take him to the new car dealerships so he can walk around for a couple of hours and see what they have (May in FL is hot hot hot!)

I did a search at AutoTrader.com and found him a 2000 Chevy Malibu.  One owner/garaged.  38,000 miles.  $5,700.  Plus, the guy was going to be in our area in the afternoon.  Showed the printout to Pop Pop and he was very excited at the possibility of having a car again.

Dad drove him to the meeting place.

  • The guy was 15 minutes late
  • Totally different car (older, different mileage, and a different color)
  • Dad – “Why are you wasting my time?”
  • Guy – “I told the girl on the phone it would be a different car”  *which is a lie!*
  • Dad said if you closed your eyes and pictured a stereotypical “used car salesman” you would see a picture of this guy.

What makes me mad is that he probably thought to himself that I would be the one showing up with my grandfather… so a younger woman and an old man… and he probably thought he could pull a fast one on us.  People like that make me sick!

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