As an adult, there are only so many times you can go down a water slide or sit in the hot tub. Even when on vacation, I like to buy and sell cars. So, with the help of Craigslist.org, I test drove several interesting cars. The first was a 1993 SAAB 900 convertible that needed too much work. The next was a 1996 SAAB 900 manual which was worse than advertised. But on our last full day in Columbus, I came across a 1995 Jaguar XJ6 that was good enough to purchase. I’ve been driving it every day since. It has a rebuilt salvage title but drives very well. I wouldn’t mind replacing the Mercedes-Benz S430 with it, to be honest.
While in Sandusky, Ohio, I took our 2002 Honda Odyssey in to the dealership for a transmission drain and refill. (The van has already had the transmission replaced but preventative maintenance is always a good idea.) As it turned out, it was a good thing I took it in. The clunking noise in the front end turned out to be bad lower ball joints. (God answered our prayers for travel safety in a different way than expected.) The parts had to be ordered and would not be available until later in the week, so we took the only available loaner car — a 2007 Honda Civic. We left some of our luggage in the car and scrunched the five of us into it. Note: Hondas are not comfortable or especially enjoyable to drive but we spent only $30 for fuel round trip!
P.S. Can you guess who wanted to drive the Jaguar back from Columbus while I returned the loaner car?