Buying and selling vehicles is an American tradition highly fraught with emotion.
To many, buying a car is one of the most stressful decisions of their life. The fears of purchasing generally run; paying too much, signing for a mechanically damaged vehicle, and the possibility that after the buzz of taking possession wears off, you may be sitting in a vehicle that is not even suited to your needs.
Most people seek refuge at a brand-name dealer, or at least a professional dealer, assuming that to some extent their worst fears are mitigated. But no one really trusts the dealer(!)
For me, the trama is selling a vehicle. I always regret it. Even when my car is hauled away on the hook (which is the rule), I always hate watching a long-time traveling companion hit the road without me.
If I had a barn, I would currently be in possession of every car I have ever owned.
But there's a lot of wheeling dealing happening on the side of the road every day, all over America.
All words and Images copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell