Fortunately for me, I am feeling better today. Not 100% but not miserable. This is just as well, since events continue to move along in the outside world.
I once had a nice little Jeep Wrangler. It's the only vehicle I ever bought new. It didn't get very good mileage, about 22 to the gallon in the mountains. There wasn't any room for groceries, and the back seat was a joke. Still, I had a great time with it. My wife did not have a great time with it. She said she could punch her finger through the thin material of the door ( she couldn't but I can see what she meant), and the roof was a rag top, which she didn't like much. She didn't like the manual transmission.
Then my kids came home from Canada. At the time we had the truck, a 1999 Cherokee Sport, a 2002 Liberty, and my Jeep. The kids didn't have a car in Canada because they didn't need one in Vancouver. You could ride the ferry, the sky rail, or the bus where ever you had to go. My son took the Liberty, but we didn't really have a match for my daughter. The 1999 Cherokee was long in the tooth.
It was decided we needed a new vehicle for my daughter. Something big and safe. My wife felt the "toy" car had to go, and I could think of no reasonable defense. We went to our Jeep dealer. We buy all of our vehicles from her and the sight of one of our Jeeps pulling into the dealership gladdens her heart mightily.
She had just the thing. A nice Jeep Commander with under 20,000 miles. The miles per gallon was not good, and the Jeep Commander was being discontinued, but it fit the bill and we got a good deal on it. We traded in my Wrangler. It looked brand new, and had all the maintenance paperwork. Somebody got a good vehicle when they bought that Wrangler used.
To date the biggest maintenance costs on the Commander have been tires. A set of four tires runs about $650.00. It did have a problem with some kind of transmission regulation device but the dealership fixed that for $125.00.
Today my daughter called and said the battery was dead. I told her to call her brother at work, have him come pick her up when he gets off, take the old battery to Walmart, trade it in on a new one to avoid getting ripped off for the "core " exchange fee, and she should be good to go. This is the first time she's had a dead battery. You only learn this stuff by taking care of it when it happens to you. Taking the battery out and hooking it up correctly is not hard.
Vehicles are a constant pain.