Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Story Of My Car Part 10

I should probably start writing this story again before my memory fades too much because the story of my car is in no way complete and its quite a story thats worth saving and sharing. I had the mind of a child going into this I believed in my TV heroes that I grew up watching(Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain Planet) and as an adult I still watched these shows and ascribed to motivational speakers that said you should expect the best from people and that you get what you expect from others there is a level of stupidity to all this that only experience can teach you . Not to say that I expect people to be perfect I know people make mistakes and sometimes they have good intentions and are just get misunderstood what I did expect was honesty, fairness, professionalism, responsibility, gratitude and care for the people that pay you money and I can't say that I did not find these people but the good people are far ... far outnumbered by crooks and incompetence. Its just like Sylvester Stallone says "The world is a very mean and nasty place" you need to take your lessons and adapt or you will become a bitter and angry not wanting to take part in any of the cool things that he world has to offer.

When I got this car I was happy to get it so out of shape because I actually to work on something mechanical, to open things get my hands dirty, figure out how it all fits together screw up or fix it its a strange urge that only others with the same mind can understand and I did get to do this and learn lots of cool things but all this mechanical knowledge is actually quite useless to the modern man we just earn money and pay someone to do the work the things I learned that I think are priceless are on understanding yourself and dealing other people.

That is enough foreplay I think :P lets begin. I have the car at home I got a manual license so I can drive it but the car still has a dozen problems with it Andrew I believe had sold me this car because he had lost all hope with it ever getting back in shape he even tried to mislead by giving a very minimal estimate of how much it was going to cost to fix this car.

First of all he could never get the cars paint correct. Car paints usually have a code to them and in ballina while inspecting the car I saw that the cars color was not was not the orignal to which Andrew said don't worry about it I have the code and I will send it to you.... this was a lie a couple of calls and texts later I knew he was not going to do it. This would not be a problem I could just go down to an automotive paint shop and get the paint matched but the paint was not a standard color out of the dozens of blues you can have there was no matching code for my car. I do not know why this was not painted standard maybe the guy who painted it had a dozen different paints left over and decided to mix em all and see what happened or maybe he wanted match it exactly to his girlfriends eyes I don't know what what I do know is that I was left with was two very sucky options: which were to either spend over 2 grand painting the whole car and have the cars airbrushing covered or have my car 2 colours.

The second thing that I know that there was no way Andrew could have fixed was the fenders. For those of you that don't know the fenders are the metal cover above the front tires they hold the front bumpers in place. This was pretty badly damaged and thus needed replacing and if I replaced them it would take away the nice airbrushing that was on them.

One of the nicest and most unique things about this car was the pretty mural on it and the car was sold advertised as the new owner being able to enjoy this but the seller knew in this case that there was no way that this could be saved and that is probably why he let it go. This would dishearten most people but not me when you have no choice you figure a way :).

Lesson Learned - when people sell you second hand vehicles with problems they usually do not tell you everything and will mislead you. You are better off either buying a new car or getting something from a friend you will see often or something from a dealer.

This is not a conclusion I have come to from my own experiences I have seen this happen time and time again to other people around they buy vehicles expecting it to be functional then having to have to pay double or quadruple the initial amount. Its not just the money its the time spent and the inconvenience of having your vehicle malfunction in the middle of nowhere and then you have to rely on people to fix your vehicle who will charge you money and will only do a minimal patch up.

For me this journey was easier because my goal was learning but for others that just need a functional car for work and play this anguish will break up your marriage, give you an ulcer and make you a serial killer please just get your vehicles from proper sources its not worth getting it from anywhere else no matter how cheap.

Thanks for reading I will have the next part up soon.
Be well .. lol

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