Caveat Emptor

on’tMy “new” rental car, in which I will sally forth to find a replacement for my dear Honda CRV.

How timely that  Christine Goodnough sent me this comment today:

O caveat emptor (or however that old phrase goes.) Anyway, the old guy meant well. Nice pun. 🙂

Being ignorant of that phrase, I turned, as usual, to Wikipedia, which clued me in:

ca·ve·at emp·tor ˌkavēˌät ˈem(p)ˌtôr/Submit noun the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made.

I laughed when I read the definition, having just spent a good 20 minutes or more walking around the car I just rented as the man who delivered it pointed out every flyspeck-sized wound on the car so he could record them on our contract.  The point is that any further damage will be attributed to me.  At least half of them I couldn’t even see.  Now I am living in terror that a piece of gravel will nick the windshield or paint on the car. But, at last I have wheels again!!! Time to go car shopping. I won’t enjoy that task.

Can you see any flaw in this door?  The Rental Agent found at least five––not to mention the other 15 he found on various parts of the car that looked perfect to me.  I think I need new glasses.


Why am I looking for a new car?  The explanation, if you haven’t already read it is HERE.


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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

2 thoughts on “Caveat Emptor

  1. slmret

    It’s good to have a fussy rental agent — if he found 5 flaws on that panel, the 6th won’t show so badly! I once rented a car as a State employee that had not been properly registered. When a cop stopped me on a country road (probably for speeding), he recorded that on MY driving record — it took the State General Services Office to remove the bad mark from my record! I always check the registration as well as all the dings!


  2. Pingback: A Classic Bait-and-Switch | Christine's Collection

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