I bought a car today, saw my son sign the paperwork, drove off separately and met him at a nearby supermarket car park, ate and chatted, bought a bit of car kit, sat with him while he drove to put some petrol into it, watched the process, paid, walked back to my car, drove some distance behind him on his first independent trip back to work, had a goodbye in that car park and now I'm off to London.
We will keep in touch by text until I get back tomorrow sometime.
The previous attempts to find a car were all wrong. With this one every step went well, even when they didn't, if you see what I mean. The overall flavour of the process was good right from the start.