22 February 2015

Cash... Johnny Cash

Look, I found a stash of Cash in the trunk of the previously owned vehicle I bought a few days ago!

Maybe this is a prize the dealer gives to people who pay him cash for a car.

Is it just me, or aren't the expressions "used car" or "second-hand car" really pejorative-sounding? In French, such a car is « une voiture d'occasion » — to my ear, « une occasion » conveys the idea of "a real find" or a stoke of luck. A happy surprise.

8 comments:

Tim said...

Far worse than "used" or "second-hand" is...
in my book anyhows, is...
pre-loved!
Sad, unloved items that need rescuing....
is what I think users of that expression feel will sell them!
I am mainly clothed by Oxfam and other charity shops...
and now vide-greniers...
what I can never find, and have to have new, are trousers...
suffering as I do from "duck's disease"...
as in "me bum's too near t'floor"...
even some new troos are not a good fit...
'tis terrible 'tis!

Tim said...

And I think that it is Tesco's that have the Clubcard....
perhaps your previous owner toured a bit in the UK in the car...
and picked up the bargain CD there???

Ken Broadhurst said...

The plaque d'immatriculation puts the car in 36.

Tim said...

That doesn't stop the owner from taking a ferry, tho'...
"does it?" he asks, remembering that as far as Indre-et-Loire is concerned...
nobody drives for more than two hours to get here...
apparently, any further away than that and they don't visit!!
Rather a blinkered view, I feel...
look at Simon & Susans' customers...
ah, Pauline needs my soapbox...
better give it back to her.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

Ahhhhh, the fun you have with words, Ken ;)

Whereabouts is département 36?

I agree about the French term ...d'occasion being much more optimistic-sounding :)

Ken Broadhurst said...

Saint-Aignan is right at the point where three départements meet: ours is the Loir-et-Cher (41 - Blois), just west and southwest is the Indre-et-Loire (37- Loches, Tours, Amboise), and just southeast is the Indre (36 -- Châteauroux, Valençay). If we drive 5 or 6 miles south or southeast, we are in either the 37 or the 36.

Jean said...

That CD was definitely bought in the UK supermarket, Tesco.
How fascinating that it should end up in your new car!
And a new car is a new car, whether you are the first owner or not, because it's new to you. I have bought many a secondhand car and they have been just as thrilling to get as any brand new car.

Ken Broadhurst said...

It's definitely a nice new-to-me car. I'm not so much thrilled as I am stunned that it was so easy to find a good car like this one seems to be for such a good price.

Our driving distances are so minimal these days and our driving style is so old-codgerish that a brand new car would be a pure extravagance. I'm just hoping that the C4 will be reliable. It is certainly comfortable and good-looking. The dealer who sold it told me that the previous owners traded it in because they had several children, including a recent set of twins. They bought a seven-passenger van -- a Logan. I wonder if it is true...