To the Editor:
I think Edward Lapham did his son a disservice with his advice ("Advice: An offer a son simply can't refuse," Oct. 4).
Lapham's implication that his son could not trust the information dealership employees gave him on the vehicle, the financing or additional products -- such as extended service plans and GAP insurance -- was wrong.
Most dealership employees are happy to lay out the benefits of all those items in a truthful manner. The customer is allowed to make an informed decision.
The dealership may have been able to match or even beat the credit union rate. Lapham's son may have even gotten an extra rebate by financing with the captive.
Extended service plans often save customers thousands in later repairs. GAP can save a person who is going to be "upside down" if the vehicle is totaled.
I hope after the guidance Lapham gave his son, Lapham will pay for his son's out-of-warranty repairs. If the vehicle is totaled, I hope Lapham will pay off any amount the insurance doesn't cover in the estimate of the vehicle's value.
I have never seen an editor of a publication insult the integrity and the value of its readers and advertisers so boldly.