About an hour out of Raleigh, the van began making this high-pitched screeching noise that quickly became a louder clunking noise. I thought, "Wish I could call the Car Guys for a diagnosis." or "Where's Benji, our mechanic, when we need him?" As we approached the town of Wilson, we exited the bypass and fortunately found Cox Chrysler and Jeep Dealer about a mile down the road.
|Cox in Wilson.|
They had a 2010, one owner, white, T& C with low mileage and 50,000 miles still under warranty. After checking the internet for the value of our 2005 T & C with `120,000 miles and a shot transmission, we considered trading. After a bit of bargaining back and forth, we struck a deal, and within two hours we were the owners of a "newer" T & C. Never have we bought a vehicle so quickly.
Then came the transfer of all the "stuff" from our van to the new one. When I pack for an antique show, every item has a particular place. I even have a "map" of how all the boxes are placed, and of course leaving room for Maggie's crate in which she travels. A very helpful worker from Cox carefully unloaded and reloaded everything and we were on our way.
|Unloading our cargo.|
|Transferring cargo from old van on right to newer van on left.|
|Maggie and her crate in new van ready to go.|
Luckily, we have a day to relax here in New Bern before set up day on Thursday. The show runs from Friday to Sunday.