No Text Notifications – Android Oreo – Samsung S9+

When I switched to a Samsung Galaxy S9+ last month, I was under the impression that the phone would do all that I needed and more. However, one very important thing didn’t work. My phone would make a sound when texts arrived but would not notify me on the icon badge. So, if I did not hear the sound, there was no notification on the icon badge showing me that texts had been received. This led to me missing some important business related messages from drivers.

A quick Google of the problem reveals that this has been a problem with the Android Oreo system for a while. Many ideas have been postulated (here, here, and here). But what worked for me was calling my local AT&T store in Norwalk, Ohio. Ryan, the manager, suggested switching to Android Messaging. This proved to be the solution. I now have notifications on the icon badge and all is well.

Never Shoulda Hadta Duet

Do you have a car you wish you had never sold? Maybe times were tough, you couldn’t afford the repairs, or just had too many cars in the driveway. But when you look back at it, you wish you had never sold it. For those who know me well, it should come as no surprise which car I should not have sold.

When gas prices were close to $4 a gallon, I made the seemingly stupid decision to purchase a 1982 Jaguar XJ-S with a V12 engine. Despite what people may have been thinking, I knew what I was doing. The car may have only averaged 16 mpg, but I also knew that it was the time to buy if I ever was going to get a car like that.

The fear at the time was that gas prices were going to hit $5 or $6 per gallon. (Premium gas almost did.) Most people were afraid to buy a big-engined car knowing they’d be unable to afford the fuel bill. But that actually turned things to my favor. I was able to purchase the car at a ridiculously low price. If I recall correctly, I bought it for $2,200.

At the time, I was a fledgling salesman at Leikin Volvo and had come into the business when the economy was at a low point. One veteran salesman told me that I had taken a sales job at the worst possible time. He was right. The first couple of months were very difficult. But I kept driving the dream car.

But, as you know, there comes a time when dreams have to meet reality. That day came when I acknowledged several inconvenient truths:

  1. Fuel costs – I could not afford $70 each fill-up for gas.
  2. Leaking oil – I had to keep a case of oil in the trunk.
  3. Heater – I had no heat in this car (and winters are cold in NE Ohio).
  4. Headroom – I had the seat repaired and my head rubbed the ceiling.
  5. Family – I knew the kids would not fit in that tiny backseat for much longer.

In July of 2008, I put the car up for sale, but few were interested despite the shiny pictures. I finally had one offer which included cash plus an $800 trade. (Remember the Shark, anyone?) With my situation the way it was, I had to do it. But I often wonder if I should have kept it. And I wonder if I could ever get it back. Maybe some day.

Craigslist Buyer Scams

When selling a personal vehicle, I like to post a listing on Craigslist. It is an easy and free way to advertise your vehicle to local people. With a few steps, I can post pictures of my car with a description and asking price. However, I am learning that when you are eager to sell your car, it is easy to be taken advantage of by Craigslist buyer scams.

I have personally experienced three types of online scams:

  1. Is your car still for sale?

    This question is usually accompanied by multiple requests to help you sell your car for a small fee. No doubt the fee will be paid and nothing will ever be done.

  2. Ship me the car because I am out of the country.

    This one has been out there for a while. The buyer is ready to make a deal but can’t see the vehicle because he is out of the country on business. He requests that you do the transaction online and then ship the car to a designated location. No doubt the payment will be revoked as soon as the car is shipped.

  3. Run this car report and I will buy your car.

    The buyer promises to buy the vehicle sight unseen as long as you run a car history report. The link does not go to a reputable company such as carfax but some unknown site. No doubt, the scammer uses your credit card payment for the report to empty your bank account.

Apparently, I am not the only one who has noted these problems. Car Buying Tips and also have good articles on what to avoid when selling your car online.

The Beautiful Car

I was looking through old pictures and came across this reminder of how beautiful the Jaguar XJ-S was. It just makes me smile to see this old car looking so good in our driveway so many years ago. It was definitely a privilege to own such a unique vehicle.