Ever since our 1988 Toyota reached its 150,000th mile in July, we've been pondering and at the same dragging our feet about buying a new car. When late Saturday afternoon the Toyota suddenly developed a radiator leak and started dripping some green fluorescent fluid all over the driveway, I decided that it was time to pull the plug. My neighbor tried to persuade me that I could probably get the radiator fixed for about "150 bucks". But I countered him that soon something else would break. He then suggested something called Bar's Leaks brand "Liquid Aluminum Radiator Stop Leak" to repair the leak in the radiator temporarily-at least until I drove the car to a car dealer. So I got a bottle of Bar's Leaks brand "Liquid Aluminum Radiator Stop Leak", shook it hard, emptied it into the radiator and the leak miraculously stopped (Saint Che loves me!).
Sunday morning I drove to the nearest Toyota dealer and bought a brand new 2008 Toyota Yaris. Color? Bayou Blue.
We saved nickels, we saved dimes, we worked till the sun don't shine and bought a bayou blue car. That would make a good song, wouldn't it?
The folks at Toyota must like the late great Roy Orbison.
In case you are wondering, the Toyota dealer gave me $50 for my old car. If I had told them about the radiator, they probably would have charged me a disposal fee.