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DEAR TOM AND RAY:
I HAVE A 1989 DODGE COLT. I BOUGHT IT ON AN IMPULSE, AND I'M JUST NOT HAPPY WITH IT. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN RELIEVE MYSELF OF IT? ADS IN THE NEWSPAPER ARE EXPENSIVE AND HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL. I HAVE THOUGHT OF TRADING IT IN, BUT I'LL LOSE TOO MUCH MONEY. ANY ADVICE?
CATHY

RAY: WELL, CATHY, SINCE CARS DEPRECIATE THE MOST DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR, I'M AFRAID YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE A BATH ON THIS ONE. YOU'LL DEFINITELY GET MORE MONEY SELLING IT PRIVATELY THAN YOU'LL GET IN A TRADE-IN, SO BE PATIENT, ADVERTISING IN THE WEEKEND EDITIONS OF THE NEWSPAPER IS YOUR BEST BET.

TOM: BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS TO COME UP WITH A REALLY CREATIVE REASON FOR WHY YOU'RE SELLING IT. YOU DON'T WANT PROSPECTIVE BUYERS TO HEAR THAT YOU'RE JUST NOT HAPPY WITH THE CAR. YOU MIGHT WANT TO TELL THEM, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT YOU'VE JUST BEEN GIVEN USE OF A COMPANY CAR. IF THAT DOESN'T WORK (OR IF THEY FIND OUT YOU'RE REALLY A UPS DRIVER), TELL THEM THAT THE COLT IS JUST TOO POWERFUL FOR YOU--THAT IT SMEARS YOUR MAKE-UP EVERY TIME YOU GO 0-60--AND YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SEDATE.

RAY: GOOD LUCK SELLING IT, CATHY. AND AFTER YOU SELL, YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR OF YOURS. IT COULD GET YOU INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE SOMEDAY. WHY NOT SPEND SOME OF THE MONEY FROM THE SALE ON A BMW? A BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION WORKSHOP!
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