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Linda is an attractive lady, late twenties, with an uncanny ability to buy one unreliable car after the other. We work on her car from time to time, often after her current boyfriend or a big chain car repair shop has "fixed" it first
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Exotic Cars can be EXPENSIVE!

An exotic car can be a problem if it breaks down. A cute import that is the only one in town can cost a fortune from a major repair! This story happened quite a while ago, but the lesson remains the same: if you buy a car that is the only one around be prepared for high repair costs! Also, before spending a lot of money on an exotic car, make sure it is a valuable exotic, like a Jaguar or something.


Linda arrived in her newest aquisition: a bright yellow Renault Alliance. Her boyfriend Bubba had gotten it for her from his Uncle. She asked me what I thought of it. I told her "not much".

When she asked why, I told her, "It's a low priced exotic car. It's not a very valuable automobile, yet most repairs are expensive."

"But I got it for free! ", she said.

"Good! But if it breaks, watch out!", I replied. Also, don't get it hot. Those motors tear up very easily when overheated.

We recommended that she replace the hoses and belts, telling her "remember what trouble comes from broken rubber!"

"I'm sure Bubba can do that!" Linda said.

Two months later Linda called from outside Atlanta. Bubba had missed a heater hose and it had blown. The mechanics at the shop she took it to said it had blown a head gasket.

"Sell it for scrap!" I told her."Quit while you're ahead!

Linda finally got the car "fixed" in Atlanta. It cost $800 with no guarantee. One month later the gasket blew again. I told her that once these engines get hot, they're gone. Sort of a disposable engine. This time she took my advice and sold it for $75 at a junkyard.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY?

Stay away from exotic cars unless you want high repair bills. If you're going to get an exotic, make sure it's something worth investing in the repairs. Also, if an exotic car is selling too cheap, it probably needs a very costly repair.



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