Bought a Car

SF and Portland were not hard to get around by bike/public transport.  Seattle is different.  Lots of hills, much larger area, and parking isn’t all that bad.

I’ll be here for a month, so I figured I’d buy a beater on day one and sell it right before I leave.  I figured people were pretty educated in Seattle, but Craigslist proved otherwise.

The first car I looked at was a 93 Altima.  The seller said everything was working when I asked specifically what wasn’t working.  When I hop in the drivers seat, I notice the speedo reads 35 when we are stopped.  3/4 windows didn’t work.  It was a 5-speed, and when I punched it, the RPMs would climb faster than we would (slipping clutch).  Quarter of a million miles, but “had a new engine recently”… yeah right.  I’ll pass.

I guess Craigslist is simply filled with idiots no matter where you are.

I lucked out and found a guy selling an 85 Thunderbird Turbo coupe for $1600.  His buyer flaked earlier that morning, and he was leaving town that afternoon so I had some negotiating power.  Picked it up for $800.  I made the offer and his girlfriend helped lobby for him to take it.  What a gal.

Now I’m mobile.  I can go wherever I please and get there in style.

 

7 Responses to “Bought a Car”

  1. Dave says:

    “Look everybody…. Here comes ‘T-Bird Tommy’!!”

    “Tommy T-Bird” ?? hahaha

    Congrats on the good deal.

  2. Dad says:

    Wow, you got the car for half-price. I could use you to negotiate my next vehicle purchase, assuming I ever buy anything again. I think maybe the guy’s asking price may have been a tad high anyway. KBB doesn’t even list used car values prior to 1990. What’d you put down for an address when you registered it with the Washington State DMV? “Various parking spots on the streets”?

  3. Tommy says:

    Its a “classic”. Should be able to easily sell it for at least what I bought it for.

    I’m going to have to figure out the title situation. Address: “The RV Parked Outside 1234 Fake St.”

  4. Dave says:

    Rent a PO Box…… that should make you a resident.

    see this guy for insurance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F_G2zp-opg

    glad to help– :^ P

  5. Tommy says:

    We we weee!!!!

    PO box isn’t a bad idea. I’ll have to see how much/how difficult one of those things is.

  6. Nicole says:

    Don’t forget to take the underground tour!!! I hear the night-time one is like an “R” rated version (vs. the PG 13 one that goes on during the day). I’ve been on the PG 13 one – but not the R rated one so you will have to let me know how it is!

  7. Tommy says:

    You mean this tour: http://www.undergroundtour.com

    I didn’t see anything on the website for the night-time R-Rated tour. Why did you have to go and get me all excited for it!??!!?

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