Unsurprisingly, Mrs. T is more pragmatic, and is descended from a long line of pragmatists. She doesn't care what it is, as long as it behaves exactly like her refrigerator. It must run always, maintenance free. Over time I have come to accept that her view makes more sense than mine.
Since a car is merely transportation a lot of shopping time is freed. Her family has judged the Mercury Grand Marquis their car of choice. It's large, cheap, economical. Designed in the mid 1960's and continuously updated since, most of the bugs are finally worked out. The actual average buyer's age is 72. Our extended family has 7 of them and has taken the news of Mercury's closing hard.
Mrs. T likes her car. Its a 2005, has 85,000 miles and has required very little upkeep. According to EBAY Motors I can replace it for around $8000 US. Remember this number.
Someone backed into the rear passenger door yesterday. Gratefully they stopped, were insured, and suitably apologetic.
Our insurance company told us to call they other guy's company. They said get an estimate. We did.... $1975. HUH?
Hit both doors and the car would have been totaled.