Saturday, September 02, 2006

Free Transportation 2

...The story continues
(see Free Transportation)

After enjoying the wonders of a free vehicle for a few months I decided it was time to register it. I had a big problem. The windshield had a big crack right in the drivers view. No way to fudge that one. I called a friend, Bryant Jones - no relation, for some recommendations for a mechanic to put in a used windshield I found at car-part.com. I also mentioned to him that I had found a cap at craigslist to go on the bed of the truck so I would be ready to move to NYC. I have been talking about moving for months now. I am a little scared so I have been dragging my feet. Anyway, back to the subject of this post. Bryant told me that he had a cap in his backyard that I could have if I came and got it. Sweet, more free stuff to add to the free truck!

The cap does not match, it is white. I am told it makes me look like an old man. I wish I had a picture to post. I will have to find a camera. It also doesn't fit exactly, but close enough, and hey it is free.

I checked for a new windshield and found that after installation costs for the old one a new one was only about $50 more. Maybe it isn't worth the hassle of driving out 20 miles and then figuring a way to carry the windshield and dispose of the old one. I made another phone call to check prices. The guy tried to scheduled me and when I told me I was just shopping he beat my best price by $5 dollars tax included. That made the difference from the used one to within $10, definitely going with the new one that won't have pit marks and comes with a warranty. The windshield is a pretty important safety part, I won't take the risk. They also found a time to install it that met my schedule, the next morning instead of a week. So when shopping on the phone tell them you can beat their price, they might move for you.

Thanks Bryant, you are also a good man.

1 Comments:

Blogger Teresa said...

You are on a roll! I went to Las Vegas for work in May and came home with a tent (free from my brother-he only needed it one night to camp out to buy a condo--only in Vegas!). I went last week during Labor Day, and came home with two great laptops (from same terrific brother). I love free stuff! And I love my brother. Life's good. I hope you enjoy the Big Apple! Tell Letterman "Hi" for me!

September 11, 2006 1:06 AM  

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