Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2001 Escape

Back before the end of last year I had a chance to buy a wreck and fix it up. A guy came in from Texas, on his way to Sedona. He hit two elk at the top of the switch backs of Oak Creek Canyon. He didn't have any collision insurance, just liability. He asked me what to do. I told him he either had to pay over $4000 to fix it or sell it for salvage. He asked me to get him a bid from the local wrecking yard. Their bid came in at $350. I offered him $450 and told him that I would be fixing it up for Kristi to replace our old 93 Escort. He felt comfortable with me, and really liked that it would be given to her. I spent $1600 on parts, negotiated a free windshield and did all the radiator, body and paint work myself (while Kristi was rehearsing for the Nutcracker ballet). On Christmas day of last year I parked it in the garage with a big bow on it. After our family exchanged presents, I announced one last gift for Kristi. We took her out to the garage and presented it. "You got me a new car?" she stated with excitement. Yeah, it has power everything, all wheel drive, 6 disc CD changer,iPod hook up and new tires. Merry Christmas Kristi. She loves it.

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