We suddenly both found ourselves with jobs from 8-5 on the coming Monday and knew arranging to share our single car would get old quick--probably within the first two minutes of discussing who is picking up who. So we started shopping around for $10,000 cars. A 2013 Dodge Dart (65,000 miles), 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan (90,000), and 2012 Ford Expedition (170,000) were all that we had seen so far. Then my mom said she knew someone with an extra car, and we went the next day to pick it up.
The car happened to fit quite closely what I typically look for: leather seats for sure, and many options equipped. And I will gladly give up some years and mileage to get something like that within my budget. This car is so equipped (except doesn't have a sportier engine which I typically look for) and was in pretty good shape so I went ahead and bought it.
It was a very good price from a very nice lady who it seems was cleaning up her affairs after an unexpected loss. Maybe she truly wanted to get rid of the car with the simplicity enabled by a low price and sale to a known party, but I would guess also some sense of doing good for the world as a reaction to how hers has been turned upside down (very difficult to imagine myself in her situation but I'm trying anyways). So in respect of that (imagined) idea, I feel...something about the car...like it needs to handled like a gift in way.