My husband had his eyes set on a particular make of car, and after weeks of internet searches, he finalised one owned by an elderly couple who were downsizing. The following day, a Sunday, he met them at their home for a test drive. As my husband is a music aficionado, he switched on the car stereo while pulling out of their driveway. A few minutes later, the car owner who was accompanying him asked, “Son, would you mind me giving you some advice?” When my husband replied in the affirmative, he continued, “When testing a car, don’t play the radio. Always pay keen attention to the sounds made by the car. That way, you would know if something is amiss.” And then he proceeded to give my husband many more tips, all of which made perfect sense.
My husband was astounded by the man’s honesty. Here he was selling his car and giving the buyer advice on how to test it thoroughly. The car passed all tests and then some. My husband loved the car but decided to have an extra check done by a mechanic. Since it was already evening, my husband felt there was no risk of another buyer, and that he could finalise the deal the following day.
The next day, the gentleman informed us, apologetically, that the car had been committed to someone else the previous night. When he mentioned that no deposit had been made as yet, my car besotted husband upped his offer. The older man politely refused to say that the deal was concluded over a handshake and that he could not go back on his word. He did say that if, after two days as decided with the other buyer, the deal did not go through he would call us. We never got that call, but that lesson of honesty and kindness will stay with us for a lifetime.
It’s another story that I also had to deal with a disappointed husband for weeks to come!
Honesty is kindness too.