Something about the situation though just would not leave me alone. For days I just could not get the car off my mind. It's not that I needed that specific car, in fact I really don't have too much of a preference as to what I drive. But for some reason this whole circumstance followed me around like a tail. Then one night that same week I was lying in bed, quiet, almost asleep when it came to me. How could I be so blinded by my own principles? It suddenly occurred to me that letting the used car stay on the market instead of buying it myself is counterproductive to a vegan-friendly approach. And three important ideas became clear:
One, this is a used car and the leather deed has already been done years ago, it's now a recycled product. Two, the leather itself is not bringing up the value of this specific car, therefore the market of leather is not being supported in this case. And most important number three; if I don't buy this car someone else will. And that "someone else" may not think twice about the leather, and they will invite friends in their car, and family, and others to see the leather interior and find luxury in it. In other words they would be promoting the leather interior. As a vegan I can make this all so much better. I'll buy the car, and then simply cover the interior with cloth seat covers as to prevent the leather from being seen and promoted, something a non-vegan would never think of doing. In other words my ability to take the leather off the market and prevent it from being promoted is of more value than leaving it be.