Sunday, December 5, 2010

How My Husband Rolls

by Leann

My husband has a new truck today--used, but new to him. He has been shopping for this truck for more than two years. Yes. Not months. Years. When the "clunker" option came around last year, he decided the best deal was to trade in his very old truck for a new car for me, rather than get a new truck for him then. He has since been driving our twelve year old Camry as his pursuit of the best deal on a truck continued.

Here's some background on how DH operates. It's what I call the procrastination method. The following scenario has happened not once, but twice, and therefore qualifies as a method. He drives a car until it has hundred of thousands of miles and it starts to fall apart piece by piece. When it no longer runs or it needs major repairs, he buys a used vehicle and leaves the old vehicle sitting in the driveway. (We have a three car garage and a good size driveway.) He doesn't trade the thing in, he doesn't even put a "for sale" sign on it. He just leaves it there. Then, someone comes to our door with a wad of cash and says, "That car's been in your driveway for a long time. You want to sell it?" Yes, this has happened not once, but twice.

Last week, in the parking lot at work, one of the women he works with backed her big Jeep into the back of the twelve year old Camry. Smashed it up good. But, now the universe has offered a new method. The woman's father is the sales manager at a large car dealership. In return for my husband not filing on the insurance for repairs, he was offered a very very nice deal on a truck just like the one he's been looking for for two years. Hmmmm.

Does stuff like this happen at your house??

20 comments:

Dru said...

How lucky is that? What truck did he get?

Nothing like that has happened to me yet.

Heather Webber said...

No, not that lucky around here. I've been car shopping for the last month--trying to decide between a sedan or a SUV. Still can't make up my mind.

Please tell me that pic isn't his new truck!

Leann Sweeney said...

That is not his new truck or even his old truck! LOL. The truck he bought yesterday is a 2006 Ford 150, white, huge and I will never drive it.

Katreader said...

I wish!

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

I used to have a close friend that drove in demolition derby's who would offer me a nice chunk of change for my clunkers. Lately I drive nicer cars and have lost touch with the friend but it was so much fun knowing if my car died I could call him and he would give me money I could use toward a down payment on another and he would use the car for something fun.

Miki Willa said...

We had a big old Ford truck sitting by the side of our house for two years. People complained, but none offered money. Then, one day this fall, a wonderful person offered to do some yard work in exchange for the truck. I was elated! The yard now looks great and the truck is gone. Even my husband has come to see the beauty of the situation.

Carol OklaTwister said...

So glad to know the photo is NOT the new truck! My husband once bought a new huge pickup that I could not even climb in to if I had certain tight jeans on. That lasted about 6 months before he traded for a van. I made the mistake of driving it to the grocery store, then found out after shopping I was too short to put the groceries into the back bed. How I cussed that truck!!

Leann Sweeney said...

So, my husband isn't the only car procrastinator in America. (He HATES trading in. Thinks it's a rip off.) And Kimber, some of our old cars sure could have been good for a demolition derby. Oh, maybe that's what that woman in the parking lot was attempting. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Carol, like I said, I won't be driving it. I'm 5'2" and the cops would probably stop me because they thought some kid had stolen her father's truck. At least there is a step on this one to get in. That's an improvement from the last truck, which I never drove and rode in maybe 4 times.

Mare F said...

LOL. Yes, Doug is a procrastinator also and he seems to step in it all of the time and come out with riches instead of aroma. Not quite sure how this happens.

Leann Sweeney said...

Mare, I am now more convinced than ever that this is a method, not an accident. And when you get rewarded as he has (and can wait SO LONG for the reward), I guess you just keep rolling along that way.

NoraA said...

My partner and I don't really procrastinate. We just hold onto our cars until they become classics. I have a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix SE. It's only got 123,000 miles on it. I pay about one thousand a year for insurance. A newer car might be nice but my insurance would go up proportionately. Every major repair I make on my car brings it that much closer to full restoration. When the Batmobile reaches 25 years of age, I'll give it a full paint job and interior clean up. Is that procrastinating? I don't think so.

Leann Sweeney said...

You're right. Not procrastinating. We are talking about two different things. I guess you'd have to have many more examples of the procrastination method I have lived with for a long time--and I have plenty--but there isn't space. :-)

Allison said...

Leann, I laughed out loud. Do you know what is still sitting in our driveway???? :D
Like father, like son.

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

Every thing but the good deal! we currently have a 1984 truck and a 1995 truck with 50,000 miles on it, it will last us a while, and a 2000 Buick and a 2004 Chevy. Only 2 drivers here.

Leann Sweeney said...

Allison, my only advice? DON'T SAY ANYTHING. It took me years to understand that "nudging" only delays the decision process. :-)

And Chicken Herder, all I can say is, you understand AND it's a good thing my husband didn't know about your 1995 truck or he might have bought it!! :-)

signlady217 said...

We drive 'em till they die! Then sell them for junk. He usually manages to find a good deal but it takes a while. We save up and pay cash for most or all of it. We hate having car payments! Our last three vehicles were bought online and we had to go pick them up. Next one will be the truck (my little 4-cylinder Chevy S10) and I know he will get a good deal at that time (I just don't know when that will be, we are saving up for it now!)

Leann Sweeney said...

We drive them until they are on life support and it would cost more to fix them than what they are worth. I'm with you. Hate those car payments!

Bev said...

We have a 1962 Intl truck since in our driveway that's been there since 2002. I keep bugging my son (who doesn't live with us) to get rid of it but he has great plans for it.

I wish someone would come offer me a pile of money for it :) It still runs!

My husband and I drive fairly new cars because he doesn't take care of the cars. I do.

Leann Sweeney said...

Bev, are you sure your son isn't related to my husband? :-)