The Jackson family just recently lost their only means of transportation when the family’s SUV engine died rendering it useless. The family’s SUV met its surmise in the morning as the Jackson’s were heading out to work and school. Mr. Jackson, the sole breadwinner, worked as a fireman and was usually dropped off at the firehouse right after their three kids were dropped off at school. On this particular morning the vehicle never made it out of their driveway. The children became frantic as they wondered if they would be able to make it to school. Each kid wanted to know why, what, and how as they inundated their parents with a flood of questions. Mr. Jackson began interrogating Mrs. Jackson about the last time she took the SUV in for an oil change. Mrs. Jackson began to feel as if she was being blamed for the vehicle breaking down and became irate. Mr. Jackson raised his voice as he expressed to his wife the importance of vehicle maintenance. Mrs. Jackson, who was usually always calm, unknowingly began shouting in an attempt to be heard. Simultaneously, the children all started yelling amongst themselves while their parents jousted in an attempt to knock the other down with insults. The ruckus reached a fever pitch then abruptly stopped as Shelly, the youngest of the children, began to cry.
That morning the Jacksons all made it to their destinations because of the support of their friends. After having the vehicle looked at by their mechanic, a decision was made to purchase a new SUV because the cost of repairs outweighed the cost of acquiring a new vehicle loan. Besides, the SUV was six years old and the couple figured it was time to get a new one. The Jacksons knew that they both had excellent credit and getting a loan through their credit union would be a cinch. So, Mrs. Jackson gathered their information and applied online for a new vehicle loan through their credit union. They were instantly approved for the auto loan and they were awarded the best rate available because of their excellent credit scores. When Mr. Jackson was dropped off at home later that evening, Mrs. Jackson greeted him with the good news. With the loan already approved, the couple decided that they would go shopping for a new vehicle on the weekend.