"Leave It to Beaver" Wally Buys a Car (TV Episode 1963) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Wally has saved up $180 to buy a car. The one he has his eyes set on is through a boy about his age named Frank, that car which Lumpy, the "expert", says is a "bomb", and which Frank is selling for $220. Wally realizes that he is going to need the approval of his parents before he can buy it. He and Beaver are surprised at the nature of the resulting discussion with their father, who had long ago anticipated such a day and as such prepared himself for what he was going to say. Ward provides his approval on several conditions including having final say on the actual car. But in that discussion, Wally learns that he hadn't even considered all operating costs, the most important and largest component being insurance, which he learns is almost as expensive as the car itself. After discussion with June, Ward agrees to add his further support of chipping in for the insurance. Through the process of dealing with Frank and other car sellers, Wally learns a lesson in the art of buying and selling used cars.

  • Ward's offer to help Wally pay for the high cost of automobile insurance hinges on several conditions, including the concerned dad having final say on the excited, but naive, teen's choice of used car.


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