He told me that he used to drive a lot for business. Back then, Goodyear gave him free tires for experimental purposes. He reported to Goodyear every five thousand miles to get the tires checked for wear. These were in the days when tires only lasted 20,000 miles. He recalled feeling lucky that he had saved his original tires in his garage, when the day came that Goodyear discontinued the program.
He and I talked about the economy and durability of Hyundai cars, because I drive a Hyundai. He told me that Toyota was in a lot of trouble. Later that day, I learned that an acceleration problem led Toyota to stop selling its most popular models until they figure it out. When the cars were finished, I noticed they sold him a lot of services. I wondered a bit about it. I was not chagrined, because I suspected the car needed them. The car looked crackerjack, though, as if it were showroom new. When I drove away, I saw him in the parking lot, checking his invoice.