My honey and I are in the market for not one but two new-to-us cars. Both of us are pushing 200k miles, and we know it won’t be long before the transmission falls out or the engine explodes.

Our experiences have reminded me of an overused ploy by “marketers” to get us to buy their junk. They act like they won’t be able to sell whatever it is for this low, low price tomorrow. But it’s just not true.

If someone will sell you a 2005 Honda Pilot with 50k miles for $14,000 today, then you can get it for that price tomorrow. Or next week. You just have to be patient.

Typically, a sale is not a limited opportunity to buy something at a reduced price. It’s a clue to what you should really pay for the item.