They might look good in the pictures, but you know there is probably something wrong with them. The malfunction may not be apparent at first, but over time, something is bound to go wrong.

You’ve been looking around for a while, trying to find what’s right for you.

You know what you want, and what you can afford.

Then, you find “the one” that catches your eye…

Everything is cleaned up and made to look all nice and pretty.

There may be some obvious imperfections, but that’s okay…

“Looks good, runs great and still has lots of life left”

“Just one previous owner”

You check it out, then decide to make the big decision…

“I’m In!”

These words are common with someone buying a used vehicle, but they also apply to online dating, especially if you’re over the age of 35 – 40. You’re shopping for something that probably has some sort of problem, otherwise it wouldn’t be available on the lot. 

Unlike buying a car, people you meet online don’t come with a warranty.

Sure, you can take a test drive before you make that commitment, but you’re not going to be told up front what all the problems are. There may be some disclosure, but only time will tell if you got something good, or something bad.

As the old saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Things are not always as appealing in real life as they are in the ads…

Is it a bad analogy to compare online dating to used car shopping? Well, the short answer to this is to ask yourself if you’ve ever participated in online dating or used car shopping. If the answer is yes to either, then you fully understand where I’m coming from.

Both are annoying and no one really enjoys either.

In short, both suck, but unfortunately both are necessary evils in our society.

Maybe you know exactly what you’re looking for when you set out on your quest. Maybe you’re not picky and just need something to get you from point A to point B. Regardless, hopefully you want something dependable that looks good and will give you plenty of happiness and contentment.

But only luck will determine if what you brought home is worth keeping.

Are you getting something that needs more work than it’s worth?

Are you getting something that is beyond fixing?

It’s also entirely possible you could be getting a hidden gem.

Online dating and used car shopping should not be impulse buys. Do the research. Ask a friend. Dig deep to see what you’re getting into so you don’t get stuck with something that will break down at the most inopportune time.

~ Marty ~