From the September 2013 magazine.

September 2013: Sober Wheels

A newcomer gets a surprise when he buys a car to get to meetings

I walked onto another “Buy Here, Pay Here” lot. It was my third of the day. Car shopping is a completely different experience than what I had been used to in years past. The salesmen don’t pop out of nowhere like they do on the new car lots. The cars are not freshly waxed and regularly buffed. A layer of dust on these heaps might disguise a defect or two.

I made two laps around the 20 junkers haphazardly scattered around the property. Like me, they had seen better days. The difference was, I hope, that I was starting to find some hope. There wasn’t much of that in these jalopies.

-- William W.

Jasper, Indiana

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