2.21.2008

I bought a car. On e-bay!

If you had told me 25 years ago that I would have bought an old grocery getter, I would have said you were crazy.

If you had told me 15 years ago that I would have bought a car on-line, sight unseen, I would have said you were crazy.

If you had told me 5 years ago that I would have bought a Mercury car product, older than myself, I would have said you were crazy.

Alright all you crazy people out there. I just bought a 1965 Mercury Comet Station Wagon on e-bay from a guy in Bethel, New York. A mere 2906.47 miles away from my home in San Luis Obispo, California. I have never seen it. I have never driven it.

I happen to think this a a brilliant move for Comet Realty. We will be known as “those people with that car!” Hopefully this doesn’t qualify as 15 Minute Lunch Guys description of Wanda Sykes as the Applebee’s Apple. I think it is slightly less annoying.

And just for the record, it IS driveable. At least I think it is. Purchased originally from a little old man who lived at the Grand Canyon all his life and then drove it out to New York. 18 times R/T, uphill, in the snow. Or maybe only once. Who knows? And then from a guy whose kids didn’t think the car was cool. At all.

Buying a car from e-bay is very interesting, indeed. They have a page where you can get driving directions from Google; an Expedia link to get a plane ticket to go out and get it; and a list of transport companies and what they charge to bring it on out here. And after the auction closes? Ebay then gives out your email and phone number to all the salesmen from transport companies so they can call you and e-mail you all day to see if you have already arranged transportation. If I had that prejudiced-Realtor-and-salespeople-hating gals phone number, I would have given out HER number. (AHA! Note to self: must do research).

I have a picture from the auction for you to check it out. You can see it is less ugly than the previous Comet station wagons. Someday it will be pearl white. Remember, it’s all about a moving billboard for Comet Realty.



I must have a name for it. Any suggestions will be appreciated and given my utmost consideration. When the car finally gets here (Transport company said 3 weeks), I will post more pictures and its new name. Stay tuned.

So much for instant gratification.

5 comments:

Susan said...

Hey, does Mike know you're cheating on him, buying cars from someone else?

Congratulations! I think.

Margerie said...

Hayley's Comet of course!!!

I am thinking VERY cool paint job.

How fun and sturdy,hopefully an engine-sound like your Stang.

OMG did it cost more to transport it or for the car? How many dogs can you fit in it???

I can't wait to check it out.

Oh yah, tell them NY'ers to put the check for the book deal in it before it ships!

Anonymous said...

Back in High School one of my buddies had a Comet. Every once in a while we would use it to go to parties in etc. you know the old drinkin days! On one of those festive occasions someone (can’t remember who, but it wasn’t me) had too many Colt 45’s, maybe it was Strawberry Hill, it doesn’t really matter, and yes you probably already guessed it he blew big time chow in the old Comet. Well from then on that car was affectionately referred to as the “Vomit Comet”! Probably not a name you want to attach to your new Comet Realty rolling billboard but it stirred up memories that I felt obligated to share.

Madelyn said...

Dust off your tools,
you continue to be car cool,
Riding in comfort and style
escorting the "buying clients" all the while.
Be it a Comet, be it a cruizer...
it ain't gonna be a looser!
Color it White, color it Bright
love it with all your might..
Name her anything you like cause folks thinks this wagon is "right". It's Hayley's
it's Timmy's it's shopping ebay with might. Go Comet go Dasher go Vixen go cruisin tonight...

Anonymous said...

I think her name should be Pearl. She's obviously a very lovely car and perfect for you, dearie!

Katy Dore