The taillights were flickering into the dusk, as our New Ole Honda departs its mountain home for the last time, a tear wells up in my family’s eye, and then we all turn to the New-new Mitsubishi and we smile. New cars sure smell so good.
The pre-sold deal fell through, but we all knew that would happen. So now I’ve put up with one full week of car buyers (Lookers and dreamers) knock-knocking on our gate, wanting to peruse the old girl in the carport like she was a prize horse at the 4-H club. Lookie-loos each and everyone, without a centavo to their name but with each with Champagne dreams of free money falling from the mango tree. Each wanting a commission for each referral they send to me. People whom have seldom rode in a car and have never driven one. The only thing worse than selling a car is opening a Sari-sari store for being constantly bothered. It got so bad I moved the Honda to my brother-in-laws house up the street from me.
The car was up for sale for 8 days without it ever being advertised, as I thought my son-in-law was going to handle it. That didn’t happen (Not his fault). One real buy and sell guy came to the house and inspected the car, tapping the bodywork to find where the Bondo was. He missed it every time, Hell if he read lip he would have known where every dent was from the pictures I’ve posted. I felt so embarrassed for him I showed him where the dents were as I was tired of him knock-knocking all over the Honda. The fact that the engine had a total rebuild last year held no value to him as he tore down my car finding nothing but fault. Until I said; “Sir; if the Honda is such a piece of crap, how can you, with a clear conscience, consider selling it to someone else?” He smiled! But he did ask if my car was flooded last year when Olongapo went under. I said; “Do you remember the flood got to be 800 feet deep and the ark sailed by but everyone was already dead?” He didn’t remember that at all, so I told him look down, at Olongapo, and asked if he really thinks my car flooded? What a dolt!
So after making me the most insulting offer on the car I told him; “Son, you are wasting my time.” I explained that if he would look at my house and realize that one I didn’t have a pressing need for his money so that his tactics were falling on deaf ears. I wasn’t hungry and he had no food that I wanted. He drooled on. After a while we agreed on a price fair to both of us and shook hands. He said he’d return in the morning and take her home with him.
Remember we shook hands? 09:00 he called me and offered PNP 20,000.00 less. Without a word I disconnected as I refuse to speak with a man of no honor (We had shook hands). He called Mayang and told her we were disconnected. No Ping (Hey I don’t name these kids) Paul hung up. Don’t you miss the forceful hang-up’s you could do with the old land line cradle phones?
I told Mayang I would burn the car in the empty lot, before I sold it to him even if he doubled the price. I might have overstated that point a bit. But he was dead to me. But Mayang continued talking to him, and she had four customers looking at the car when he called and offered the original price. And then he didn’t show up. (Second strike)
I moved the Honda up to my brother-in-laws yard as I’d said to also make room for the New-new Mitsubishi in the carport. We went to town the following day at 0900, 15 minutes later Ping the buy & sell guy shows up to my house and waited there until we got home at 14:30 (We had a nice lunch at the California Café in the Harbor Point Mall. Mayang’s cell phone had shut itself off, and mine was on my dresser in the bedroom.
Ping had the agreed upon amount with him and I walked by him to the house without a word. Mayang and he finished the deal and she brought me the paperworks to sign. On the bottom of the sales contract I added, “SOLD AS IS, NO WARRENTY IMPLIED” he wanted to know what that meant and Mayang told him I copied it off the last buy & sell contract I had. He understood and drove away.
The Mitsubishi G4 GLX (Mayang’s new car) goes to church on Sunday, and I too have to go! They are going to have the priest sprinkle water on the car (That will leave spots) and bless it. I’ll assume it was like when we took “Lil Dude” there for his christening. I don’t argue or question, I snap to with a proper hand salute and shout; Aye-Aye, My Mahal! Life is so much easier that way. Oh, getting your car blessed dose not cancel the need to buy auto insurance.
Now on the streets of Olongapo you can hear the cry of: “Hey Joe; Wanna’ buy a car?” With Ping parked with a for sale sign on the New Ole Honda asking PNP 100,000.00 more than he offered me. I should park behind him and tell the new customer all the things that he found wrong with the car just one week ago.
The downside of a new car is that it’s boring as far as something to write about. But have no fear, I still live in Dinalupihan Bataan, something will come up to write about…