So, my mother calls me up on Saturday to let me know one of my nephews (18) who was visiting from Indiana wrecked her poor little 1995 Nissan Maxima. First time he ever drove it... My father bought the car new back in '95 and it has been meticulously maintained since day 1. Beyond a little fading paint, a few dings and scratches and almost 20 years of wear and tear, the car drove and ran perfectly, especially since I have been doing most of the maintenance over the last several years since my dad passed away. All new sensors, alternator, struts, window regulators, brakes, tune-ups, radiator fan, tires, etc. etc. She had 120k miles on her and would have gone another 100k easily, or at least until if and when my mother wanted to sell it. Here is what poor little old "Dee" looked like: My poor little old mom was very upset and didn't know what to do since the insurance co. wanted to total it and only give her around 3k (blue book), minus $500 deductible to settle the matter since the car was almost 20 years old and was going to cost over 4k to repair. Well, I was having none of that and flew in to save the day. I was thinking we would keep the car and find someone to fix it on the cheap or some such nonsense since they would have let us keep the car and pay out $2600 as well. That theory quickly went out the window, so I took her car shopping today. 1st stop this morning was the local Nissan dealer to look at the 2011 lease returns...18k for an Altima...17k for a Camry...19K for an Accord etc. etc. all with around 30k miles on them. We told the salesman our story and after about 45 minutes of the hard sell, told him thanks, but were not spending that much and we'll go see what else we could find around town. We get almost to the rental and the guy comes out to the parking lot and says "Um, would you like to see a car that I personally own and am looking to sell for around 8k?" and tells us a tale of this cherry 2001 Maxima he bought a month ago from the proverbial "little old lady who only drove it on Sundays". I said "what the hell, it can't hurt" and here is where Serendipity comes in... 2001 Nissan Maxima, 36k original miles, 1 owner, garaged for 13 years, immaculately cherry in and out...not a ding, not a scratch...all service records, perfect score from CarFax blah, blah, blah. The think looks and runs brand spanking new. You almost never find cars that old in this good of shape. Took her for a test drive and signed the papers an hour later for 7.5k cash. Blue book on this car with around 100k miles and in "good" condition is around 5k+. It's basically the same car except much newer, much cleaner and my mother couldn't be happier since it's so much like her old car. No thanks Obama! BOOM!!!