I thought this might make a good Pub topic and bring out some interesting stories. I'll go first, I have a few. I'll start out by saying that I'm very lucky to have the in-laws I do. They are both great and I get along well with both of them. However they are completely different from my own parents and some of the stuff they do just baffles me. The New Car My wife and I have a young family. Two daughters, ages 4 and 1. We are in desperate need of a new auto. I drive a small pick up and my wife drives a 2 door hatchback econo-car. Getting the kids in and out of the hatchback is a back breaking experience and we are packed like sardines in there. As they grow it's getting worse. We aren't totally struggling financially but we definitely can't afford a new or even newer car right now. What we have is very reliable so it's a tough situation to give that up for an unknown. Anyhow we are on the hunt for a different car and both our families know it. The in-laws are doing very well financially. They are actually loaded. They buy fancy cars brand new and drive them for 5-10 years and trade them in for something new. They maintain their cars at the dealership and regardless of the age they seem like new cars. If there is the slightest problem it gets fixed no matter the cost. They also barely drive anywhere so the mileage on their cars are always very low for the year. Anyhow out of the blue they show up at our house in a new car that they are test driving. They wanted to come by and see what we thought of it. (Not sure I believe that) Anyhow it's an over $50K car and it's beautiful. I asked what they are doing with their old car. It's a 4 door luxury sedan about 8 years old and is in absolutely perfect condition. They tell me they are going to trade it in. I tell my father in-law that whatever the dealership offers them on a trade-in we will match it. He agrees. So they leave and we get a call about an hour later with the number the dealership has offered them. It's quite a bit lower than what that model car sells for on Craigslist so I say great we'll take it. Hang up and tell the wife we are buying their car. A few minutes later another call. Father in-law says Mother in-law doesn't want to sell the car to us because it will be "awkward". I say to him "Are you nuts? We are family! We want that car." I can hear him in the background talking to Mom in-law and she is standing strong. I tell him we will pay $1000 more than what the dealership offered. He says OK and hangs up. An hour later they show up in a different, even more expensive car! "What do you think of our new car?" they ask. I tell them it's great and ask what happened to their old car. They traded it in to the dealership! Mom in-law says to me "You guys didn't want that OLD crappy car anyway. It was 8 years old and on it's LAST legs." It only had 60,000 miles on it! The next day I looked on the dealership's website and their old car was listed for $4000 more than they got for it on trade. It sold the following day. This story happened over a year ago. We are still looking for a family car.