We all do it. Whether it's an impulse purchase or it's something you've done your research and homework on and have decided you want--like a car, a house, or other big ticket item like a huge 85 Inch TV for the living room... We've all made that big purchase--the one we thought we wanted or had to have--only to be disappointed later. The dissatisfaction can come from a number of factors; maybe the item or product wasn't "as advertised"--meaning it's not as cool or large or some feature on it doesn't work or is missing from the model you bought. Like a TV that is supposed to have Picture-In-Picture, but when you get it home you find out that that feature is actually only on the 'Super' deluxe model--and you bought the deluxe.

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Or maybe--as is the story in my case--you thought you liked and wanted a car that you did your homework on, test drove, and trusted the brand enough to roll the dice on. I bought a 2017 Nissan Rogue in March of 2018, and at the time it only had about 8,000 miles on it. Got a great deal on it too. I was so proud of myself for negotiating the best price with the sales person and finance guy, because "wheeling and dealing" hasn't ever really been my strong suit. The car (pictured) was a pretty red, and it had all the toys on it except for a moon roof.

About a year into owning it-I had to have the transmission completely replaced because it failed. Something a car that's only a few years old shouldn't have happen--given that the transmissions nowadays on new cars are "sealed" and "closed" systems that only a dealership can work on. Thank goodness for warranties! Shortly after that, I had to have the front sensor replaced that applies the brakes if you get too close to an object in front of you because there was a recall on it---only to have to have it replaced again once I moved here to Midland. I was happy to trade it in and get something new.

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