Our trusty Ford Escort station wagon, which was relatively cheap but reliable, finally stopped being either and just died. When you have a nine-year-old car and you’re faced with a $1000 estimate for repairs, you have to decide whether it’s worth it. But when the repair estimate is $6000, it’s a no-brainer. So we went to our usual dealership, Sentry South, and bought a 2005 Taurus with several features we wanted and several we didn’t need, but the price was right and we liked the fact that it had spent its entire life so far in Florida. An odometer reading of 15,000 miles is a lot less worrisome when the car has spent two winters in Florida rather than Massachusetts.