Started by Mike Shawgo, November 07, 2007, 11:31:56 PM
Quote from: Richard Sills - CLC #936 on November 09, 2007, 12:59:58 PMIn 1975, a family friend was ready to trade in a 1967 Coupe deVille that she had purchased new. This car was in like-new condition with less than 30,000 miles on it. It was Capri Aqua with a black vinyl roof, had been garage kept every night of its life, and regularly serviced by the Cadillac dealer. My friend was offered a nominal trade-in value (about $700), and offered it to me for that price. I really wanted the car, but had no garage to keep it in. The car would have had to sit in my driveway. Although I would have kept it clean and waxed, I lamented the fact that by sitting outdoors the car would eventually deteriorate to some degree.So, I passed on the car, concerned that I could not provide as high a level of care as this car deserved. As a result, my friend sold it to another friend who needed a car for his teenage daughter who was learning how to drive. Within the next year, the car was involved in several major accidents, and within two years it was in the junkyard. The lesson I learned: if you are a Cadillac enthusiast and find one that you want to drive, go ahead and do it! Because you appreciate cars in general, and Cadillacs in particular, you will probably give that car a much better home than most people who are likely to wind up with it.Richard
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