Having a car is not a luxury any more, but a simple must, and it may be true that only people without cars see the true value of these vehicles. But, there is another important issue that is rarely addressed: Do other people appreciate your car as well? A lot of money and time is invested in it, and it is more than a simple thing that gets you from point A to point B. So what people need to understand is, that a car is not just a vehicle – it is a part of a man’s life and the biggest value they have. There are numerous situations where someone’s bad attitude towards your car is shown, so here are some of those and how you can handle them.
Have you noticed that traffic seems to be getting worse every year? These days, you can’t drive through a major metropolitan area without allowing an extra hour for traffic, if you happen to be going through there at peak rush-hour times. Many drivers will route themselves through major cities at times when traffic is low, just to save themselves this aggravation. Many drivers prefer to drive at night, for this very reason and who can blame them?
Some people try to relate big city traffic jams to urban sprawl and that is sometimes the case. However, many cities haven’t grown much in the last ten or twenty years and some have even gotten smaller. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New Orleans, St. Louis, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit have all went down in population according to Census figures. There have been some huge booms though. Las Vegas has grown by a whopping 85% over the same ten years. Austin, Mesa, Charlotte, and Colorado Springs, have all grown at phenomenal rates. But most other cities only went up a few percentage points over ten years, if that.
Living (and driving for a living) in Chicago for about thirty years, I have seen (and been involved in) some road rage incidents. In fact, I wrote a few true stories of road rage which I was involved in. But this particular story is about a fight I saw. The hilarious thing about it is, all this took place during the 30-seconds I waited for a green light. It all happened so fast, I had to wonder if I really saw what I saw. Luckily, the person sitting next to me saw it too. We had a good laugh, then went on our way. It was one of those things that make you shake your head and say, “What just happened?”
Even if it is your first car and not exactly new, you are enthusiastic about it. The vehicle is your carriage to freedom, and your life will be incomplete if you lose it. Girls like to look fashionable in their cars, and guys try to look cool in them.
Whatever the make, model or age of your car, you need to show it at its best. There are a few old sayings about things you can’t polish, but your car isn’t one of them. The care and attention you give your vehicle says a lot about your personal standards as well as making it look fantastic.
I’ve been buying and selling on eBay since 2000. I’ve made some money, and lost some too. I used to go to auctions and yard sales to buy. And I did OK with that most of the time. It’s a lot of work to go out and buy something, research it, write a detailed description, pack it, ship it, etc. A few years ago I decided to stick to items that will make me a minimum of $100 each. So I decided to stick to cars and trucks. Along the way I learned a few important things I would like to pass on to you.