For the past decade or so, my parents have driven Buick Park Avenues, three to be exact.
They would put about 60,000 miles on a car and dutifully trade it in for the next installment.
They weren't dogmatic General Motors loyalists. Through the years, they have owned cars made by Chrysler and Ford.
Before the Park Avenues, they owned a Ford Taurus and a Chrysler LHS. But those cars fell short in small ways. The back seat of the Taurus was a little too cramped. The cabin of the LHS let an annoying amount of wind noise intrude at highway speeds.
With the Park Avenue, Buick hit the sweet spot for my folks. It was smooth and quiet and floated over road imperfections with magisterial aplomb.
Back-seat legroom was always a priority for Mum and Pop, both fairly tall people. They liked to drive long-legged friends from our hometown, Crawfordsville, Ind., to the symphony in Indianapolis or to dinner at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
Best of all, old friends of the family have owned the local Buick dealership for several generations.
Whenever there was a problem, Horner Buick-Pontiac-GMC would take care of it -- with a smile thrown in for free.
Having a car dealership you can trust in the community is one of the advantages of living in small-town America.