Not by choice.
My beloved ’89 Isuzu Trooper (Molly’s Trolley) gave up the ghost in 2002. I traded in her carcass for the only ‘decent’ car I could then qualify for. A 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.
Which I still own and sometimes drive. In 2015.
Because my being on disability means I just squeak by, and cannot afford car payments. My last significant repair cost over $700, which I borrowed from my roommate and paid back @ $100/month. Plus my rent. Ouch.
I’ve oft had fantasies of getting some extra funds. Paying off long-overdue bills and maybe getting a slightly newer car.
And, considering the questionably available maintenance and longevity of the Olds, she still runs. Sometimes.
So, why not a GM car?
Here’s why (from Say Uncle):
First, I (and you) foot the bill for their mismanagement and union kowtowing. Now, this:
Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.
In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.
Good thing Dave-the-
genius-mechanic is moving out-of-state! Wouldn’t want him to get in trouble for tinkering with my car. After all, he just repairs Airbus A320s for U.S. Air American Airlines!
Guess I will now always need a G(overnment) Motors – approved shop!
And the sad part (aside from Dave leaving the State!:-( ) is of all the beater cars I’ve owned, THIS is the one who lasted the longest!