CW1 has been regaling us with her recent adventures. An epic tale, involving: her old car died; daughter in another city has a spare car & gives it to CW1; extensive repairs not done on time, requiring 2 last-minute vacation days; more car problems on the 8-hour drive home; car works fine for a few days; car is back at the mechanic. The story is still unfolding.
I applaud CW1 for taking the car for "free"! I think she's only paid for the bus ticket & the repairs. She's probably getting off much cheaper than buying an equivalent car used. The ridiculous part is, she lives so close to work that she is within the range of the free city shuttle! While here cars have been in the shop, this is how she's gotten to work. It stops, quite literally, right in front of our office. But she drives every day :(
Here's the part that makes my hair stand on end. CW2, after hearing the story: "Well, I guess now you have to get a new car!"
To be frank, CW1 has put so much effort into getting this car, I would be surprised if she got a different one (sunk cost fallacy).
*I don't buy them if they have under 100K miles...too expensive! :)