Syracuse Herald American The Post Standard, November 10, 1985

Syracuse Herald American The Post Standard

November 10, 1985

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Syracuse Herald-American The Post-Standard (Newspaper) - November 10, 1985, Syracuse, New York Syracuse Herald American, Sunday, November 10, 1985 N3 Car-buyer's only 'must': a jack NEW YORK For the past several months I have been trying to buy a new ear. I should have got it bought months ago and moved on to the task of buying the new suit that would have been bought three years ago by any man capable of feeling shame for his appearance, but buying a car has presented paralyzing psychological prob- lems. Foremost among these is the price. Not having bought a new car since was astounded to find that nowadays is not considered a piratical price tag for a car of modest proportions. This discovery sent me reeling home, where I stayed secluded in the den for days trying to de- vise a new philosophy of money in which a automobile might seem like a sensible purchase despite its lacking three bedrooms, a dining room and a club cellar. You don't know what a club cellar is? Then you are probably too young to believe that once bought a brick house containing the above- mentioned three bedrooms, dining room and club cellar, plus an attic, parlor, kitchen, two baths, two small back sitting rooms upstairs and down, and a garage in one of the tonier neighborhoods of northwest Washington, D.C. To be sure, that house was not mounted on four radial all-weather tires, nor powered by a turbo- charged six-cylinder gasoline engine, but if I had wanted it so rigged it could probably have been done for no more than an additional Well, I am talking 1956, of course, and this dinky machine priced at was 1985, and during the interval Arabs and Vietnamese have had their way with the dollar. Still... Dealing with car salesmen, posed a different kind of problem. Although I feared the idea of car salesmen when I entered the buying process, I soon came to like them. They seemed like such regular guys, always eager to send the customer off for a nice test drive. "Why don't you take it for a test they invariably said as soon as I asked them to open up the car trunk. Apparently customers who want to inspect the trunk are regarded as lively pros- pects. Don't ask me why. All I want to know is, does the car have a jack? An uncle of mine years ago bought a new car, which had a flat tire on the highway almost in- Russell Baker stantly and caused him considerable humiliation when, opening the trunk for the spare tire, he dis- covered he'd bought a car without a jack. Family stories like that stay with you. When the sales- man says, "And this Dream of Paradise XK-890 over here can be yours for only I imme- diately reply, "Let's open the trunk." He does not have to'know I have fear of jack- lessness, and since I choose not to mention this odd condition to an utter stranger he probably thinks, "Anybody interested in humdrum detail like the trunk has to be ready to buy." In any case, he counters with, "Why don't you take it for a test There are plenty of reasons why I don't want to take it for a test drive. For one, I have no intention of buying any car that costs more than a three-bedroom house, so what is the point of driv- ing the thing? For another, I have driven cars long enough to know that no car will reveal its darkest, innermost secrets until it has known you for approximately miles. Nevertheless, I always take the test drive now, out of consideration for the salesman's feelings. Last May, when I started shopping, I declined the first test drive that was offered, and it seemed to embarrass the salesman. What I usually do is drive the car a couple of blocks away from the dealer's shop, park at the curb and unlock the trunk to see if it has a jack, then listen to the radio for a respectable length of time. So far I have brought all test-drive cars back without a dent. Sooner or later, doubt- less, I'll dent a fender rather obviously and, then, to spare the salesman from feeling rotten, I'll tell him that's the car I intend to buy and say, "After all, what's a little dent between regular Psychologically, I'm ready now to live with the fact that the car won't have a club cellar, but if there's no jack, I could be badly shattered. New York Times Service A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT SILHOUETTES By the Internationally Known Artists EDWARD HERTHA JOHNSON Each silhouette is an original hand cut work of art done in one minute. "A PERFECT LIKENESS" ONLY PER PERSON ADDITIONAL COPIES NOW THRU SUN. NOV. 17th 11a.m.-8p.m. tjayetteville mall _____ Route 5, Fayetteville ANNUAL----------------------- FLOOR SAMPLE SALE "ENTIRE STOCK" 4 DAYS ONLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY NOV. SPECIAL SUNDAY OPENING Nov. 10th -10 am-5 pm Dcrnardsen .1449 Blvd. last Off 690 at 9-6 Dally A Sat., 9.40 FRtt PARKING Get your carpets and upholstery Sears clean at a Sears price. WHOLE HOUSE Save (rog. Maximum 6 cleaning areas: any combination ol rooms and halls. ends Nov. UPHOLSTERY Sofa Any 7 ll. sofa or 2 chairs. Additional chairs. S20 each. SOFA CHAIRS Save up to (fcg.upIoS79.99) Any 7II. sofa and 2 chairs. or7ll. sofa and loveseal. emit Nov. Minimum order: 2 rooms. Combined Irving areas count os separate rooms Sale ends Nov. IB. 1985 Call Mon.-Sat.: Syracuse 455-7486 Utica 735-6816 Rome 336-0020 This holiday season, give your cleaning problems to Sears. For one low price, the Sears professional carpet care team pre-treats soiled areas, carefully moves and replaces most furniture, and gets your carpets really clean with powerful truck-mounted equipment. For added protection, Du Pont Carpet and Fabric Protector and Deodorizer are each available at extra cost. And remember, you can use your SearsCharge. Sears Authorized Cleaning Services. Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back. Free commercial estimates. I 'GOEAI 3rd ANNIVERSARY SALE 1 SAVE 30% on LYNX, FITCH, FOXES, RACCOONS, BEAVERS, MINKS V "When you shop at Georgios, you pay for quality" Open 10-6 Mon. thru Sat. Downtown Syracuse Onondaga Plaza 217 S. Salina and E. Fayttte OPEN MONDAY off entire Q stock men's Nike "Convention" (leather) Dress and Casual shoes. British Knight casuals tool Adidas "Tourney" Tifllberland WOMEN'S DEPARTMENT Leather Dress Boots leg. off all 9 West Boots, now from Fashion Pant Boots atner lined- Waterproof Padded collar Lowest advertised price of the year in Central New York. Moon Bootsi West-Candies SUITS REG. LONGS EXTRA LONGS NEW SHIPMENT! COATS 100-5 OF QUALITY FAMOUS MAKER WOOL BLEND SLACKS. 0 Off- flCT lOO'S Of BETTER QUALITY WOOL AND WOOL BLEND SLACKS REG. TO CONVENTIONAL DOUBLE BREASTED WITH BELT no. siwrrs UXObi DUE TO AGRC1MENT WITH SUPPLIER, WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO MENTION MANUFACIURfl'S NAMI IQOTHING MORE! ;