Happy March 30th! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. So, I wanted to share something positive going on for us.
My husband has had mini trucks since we’ve been together (15 years), and they’re always used trucks. He and his dad always worked on cars and motorcycles, and I don’t even know if his parents have ever bought a brand new car. I’ll have to ask! My FIL just always fixed whatever was(is) broken, and my husband does that, too.
Anyway, when Joel’s little red truck broke down about 2 years ago, he said it was time to say goodbye to it. But he really needs a truck for all kinds of things. Projects all the time and sometimes side work building decks, or picnic tables, etc. For him to go without a truck ..But, even basic trucks anymore are priced at ridiculous amounts.
So, we started looking at used trucks. This was probably April 2020. We debated: buy new and take on payments (we had no car loans at that moment, and had just paid off our daughter’s Corolla), or try and come up with the money for half or ….
We started saving money. Here and there. Joel hustled side jobs; many people wanted decks built in the spring of 2020. He also works a side job as a go-kart race director once a month. I put my dual credit stipends into the pot, and we just kept at it. Also, we were lucky too in that we were able to keep our jobs during the 2020-present of this pandemic, we didn’t have debt besides the house mortgage, we had no major health issues/surgeries.
We were able to purchase a 2015 GMC Sierra at auction in April of 2021. Y’all, I was terrified. Joel and his BFF – Mr. B, an auto tech teacher, who is amazing with auto anything, bought the truck online. OMG. I tried to stay calm. It only has 86,000 miles on it, but the front end was pretty damaged. The insurance company had totaled it, and this why it was at auction. It freaked me out to buy this way.
Again, luckily, Mr. B knows everything about autos, and he has lots of connections in the industry. Let’s just say that without Mr. B’s help, it would have cost way more for repairs! Way more! Yes, it’s taken a while year for Joel to get everything completed. And for us to get more money together to get those repairs completed. BUT, it’s ready to go! I honestly wasn’t sure for awhile! At one point, the truck went to a guy for frame repair and didn’t come back for 3 months. But this gentleman was doing it as a side job on his own time on the weekends. It was worth the wait.
We’re now just waiting on the front seatbelts to be unlocked (from the wreck). There was so much that had to be fixed on this truck. My husband has worked so hard on this for a year. And Mr. B has been a lifesaver.
But now, we have a full sized, basically new truck! New to us! It has a new paint job and everything is running great. It has GPS, stereo system, big double cab, seat warmers- what the heck?!? (lol)
It took us a couple of years, but we got what we wanted. Yippee! Joel won’t use it for his commute, but I’m sure he’ll be using it a lot. I’m really glad he has almost a new vehicle (I don’t think he’s ever had an actual new vehicle in his life), and we didn’t have to take on any debt, at least for now.
Sorry, I know this is a long story just about a used truck, but we’re really happy! It’s just cool and much needed in our family. Best wishes to you all. Peace – b