Al's car is a KIA Optima. It is quite a bit roomier than his old car and has a lot bigger trunk. It gets great gas mileage, which he needs since he drives downtown every day. We got really lucky with Al's car and found one in Missouri that had never been smoked in. And it hardly had any miles on it!
We drove out to Quincy, Illinois last Saturday to pick up both mine and Al's cars. We called each other back and forth on our cell phones comparing our new rides. We couldn't believe how smooth and quiet they were compared to our old cars...no vibrating...no smoke...no deafening exploding noises. We had to really watch our spedometers because we were used to relying on the shakiness/loudness of our cars to tell us how fast we were going.
I almost think that Al was glad that his car broke down in the ghetto so that he could get this car which he is thrilled with. Almost. I saw how stressed out and sad Al was in the last few weeks to know that this wasn't true. But we are all glad that he has a lot more reliable transportation to get him in and out of the city and home safely to us.