Wouldn’t it be convenient to buy cars on Amazon? I could browse for the exact make, model, and color I want as though I were buying shoes. I could select my car, put in my credit card info, choose free shipping, and have it delivered the next day. That’s how I would prefer shopping to be. Sadly, buying cars is not anything like buying shoes! It’s not just about the color, shape, and size. It’s about the cars’ history; mileage, options, details, modifications, and most importantly, LOCATION! I’m beginning the adventure of buying my dream car! However, living in the middle of nowhere makes this adventure even more, adventurous. The lack of dealership selections, limited auctions, and even fewer private sellers makes finding my dream car an impossible task. So I’m relying entirely on the internet to find the car I will drive until I have the opportunity to pass it on. I’m excited to finally be able to purchase my dream car, but unsure what to expect and eager to find a great deal! I found a few prospects on one auction site, but none of them are the car. They are all eights on the scale and let me tell you I’ve owned a lot of eights in my day. My first car was no more than a four with a potato for the shifter knob; non-functioning – windows, radio and air conditioner; a passenger’s side door that had to be taped shut with a rather large “do not disturb” sign on it (to keep the window from falling into the door panel); and of course, everyone’s favorite thing was the one windshield wiper that occasionally worked (but never when it was raining). I felt really high on the hog after trading that little nightmare in for a car whose shifter knob did not become a pile of mush in the summer heat. But it was still no more than an eight because it too, had its own series of smoking-when-idling, and dying-on-cold-days, issues. The best of the eights has been my latest purchase. It is altogether a fantastic car, but is still an eight because it has a mere four-cylinder engine. My perfect ten is a 370 horse monster on wheels. It was introduced to the Mopar world in 1967, but was perfected in 1970. It must house a 4-barrel carb, 440 CID Super Commando V8 engine. Nothing short of candy apple red will do, and of course, it must make it from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds. This car, the 1970 Plymouth GTX, is hard to find in good condition, but I’ve worked endlessly for ten years to save for the perfect ten I’ve dreamed of. In fact, this is the perfect ten my father dreamed of too. He said “no girl of mine would ever love anything more than the perfect car”. Since eBay is a total bust, I have decided to take my search to ClassicCars.com. At first glance, I noticed it’s much more reputable and organized than the anyone-can-sell-anytime process.. I spent nearly a day searching here, but it’s still not providing me with my dream. They provide many selections for common cars. But what I am looking for is even rarer, it should have pizazz and wow and make people stop and turn their heads when I drive by. I am very used to turning heads when I drive due to a smoking vehicle or a giant “do not disturb” sign on my window. I’m not used to turning heads because my car says “winner,”! Next my search is taking me to Cars-On-Line.com. I always knew my dream car was going to be previously owned, but it must be previously loved as well. So many of the GTX’s have been owned, beat, rusted, and left to die in the fields of the south for the past forty years. Cars-On-Line.com brought little hope with not even an option to search for my dream vehicle. I have had the same experience when I looked at so many other sites. What if I never find my dream car? Or worse, what if I find my dream car and it’s across the country! It would cost me thousands to take a week off work to fly across the country to get a car. It’s becoming easier and easier to get discouraged on the journey for my perfect ten.
To be continued..