What Is A Good Decision?

I talked to my baby brother earlier this week and he shared his purchase of a new vehicle for his family. They had a car that suited them – it was two door and he and his wife have two children. My sister in law stays home with the kids and one is in school. My brother recently got a different job – it has much better hours then his old job and he got a small pay raise. He will keep getting a pay raise every six months for the first two years (or so he’s been told and thus shared with his family).

The car my brother and his wife purchased is a newer minivan. It is the top of the line model of that van offered. In talking to my brother, I asked him if it was okay if I did the Kelly Blue Book value check on it. Keep in mind that my family and I are all very close and I have called him on blowing large amounts of money in the past. So I check the KBB website and found that sure enough, they did get a good deal on the car. The dealership did not give them enough to pay off their car thus rolling the remainder on the loan into the new loan. But the total new loan is thousands off of the blue book value. Of course, good negotiating will always get you a good deal – or it should anyway.

My Dad is always after my brother to “make good decisions.” It is hard for family to believe that another member of the family is making good decisions when in years past, they did not. My brother has always been implusive and doesn’t think decisions through. However, in the past few years he has grown up alot and the rest of us are realizing that he is a changed person.

Luckily for me, my brother didn’t think anything bad of me for questioning his new purchase. He could have gotten angry and hung up the phone, but he didn’t. He merely said “see, I know what I am doing” and we went about out conversation.  Turns out he did make a good decision.

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