This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Today we finalized the sale of our new-ish car and took it in to the mechanic for a few small repairs. I tried to get the dealer to do some of the work, but it worked out better to just use the fact that it needed some work to negotiate the price down a bit.
All in all, it’s a great car. It doesn’t even really need a lot of work. The front tires were worn out on the inside due to an alignment issue, necessitating the replacement of both tires. Also, the rear brake boots needed to be replaced due to an issue with the parking brake. Apparently, if you never set or use the parking brake the two brake pads in the rear brake assemblies don’t rotate so you end up wearing down one pad and leaving the other untouched. Don’t ask me to explain it much further than that though. I understand what he was talking about, but it’s not something I feel prepared to explain.
Other than those small issues, the whole car is immaculate. The engine is super clean, the interior smells fine and shows limited signs of use (a scratch here or there), and it’s loaded with little goodies (like a six-CD changer).
It really feels good to have that out of the way though. You’ll have to excuse the lame photo I’ve posted. This is a photo I grabbed from the dealer’s web site. Later we’ll take a family picture with the car and I’ll post that one. Tonight it’s spending the night with the mechanic though, so that’ll have to wait.
As for our grand adventure, we’ll head out sometime Friday or Saturday and travel North through the Grand Canyon on our way to Salt Lake City. My wife wanted to pass through there because she’s heard it’s pretty and neither of us has ever really been there. I think I passed through once, but I don’t recall for sure. Anyhow, from there we’re going to head out to Colorado Springs. At that point, we’ll regroup and plan a route that gets us to our destination at a reasonable pace and ensures that we arrive on time.