Sign of the Times: Understated Edition

Jeff Puthuff
by Jeff Puthuff
sign of the times understated edition

Folsom, CA (Yuppie-burb of Sacramento) is in my neck of the woods. I was browsing the online car ads of my local struggling newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, and was struck by the number of trucks for sale.

We’ve got more trucks than ever before . . . ” Yes, over 1,000 is quite a lot. (Get it?)

Backed by the Federal Government! Now that’s peace of mind!” Now that’s funny!

This dealership is not on the hit list, but its neighbor, Folsom Lake Chrysler Jeep, is. Drove by the automall yesterday and it was a ghost town.

To illustrate the dire situation, take a look at this part of the ad:

$9175 off a stripper model and must finance thru [Aargh! Thru is not a word!] a credit union. No ChryFi or GMAC here . . . The saddest part of this ad is the 2008 T&C LX prior rental listed at $15,995 (good luck with that, FLD).

What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on May 18, 2009

    WildBill: Hey check out what a matrix front clip would cost. It might still be a deal, lol.....

  • Jeff Puthuff Jeff Puthuff on May 18, 2009

    @ Robert.Walter R u sure u want to start this deb8? "R" and "u" are in the dictionary, too, but if our newspapers were written like kids IM, then all hope is lost. I should have clarified: "Thru" should not be used in the context it was used in the ad.

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