Thursday, June 7, 2007

Using the Emergency Fund Already....

I was so excited to get my emergency fund pie chart up, and now I may be updating it...but not for the better. Basil and I were planning on buying Number One Son a car, or helping him buy one next spring for summer internships, etc. Nothing fancy, just dependable -- and cheap. Well, since we've been talking about it, we've also started commenting on cars for sale that we see. Usually we're joking as they're old giant SUVs or cars where one door is a different color than the rest of the car. This morning after an early hike, we spotted one on our street for $1750 -- and it actually didn't look too bad. Basil went back and looked at it (a Toyota Cressida) and said it was automatic, had a moon roof, and looked well-taken care of. He was home from work today, so he contacted the owner (a teenager, but "clean cut") and took it for a drive. It was a 1989 and had over 250,000 miles on it, but they'd just put a transmission and a radiator in it. All the power locks and windows worked. The only "minor" problem with it is that you can't take the key out. I asked Basil, "What do you mean you can't take the key out?" Well, apparently if you take the key out the steering wheel locks up and you can't get it back in. Hmmmmmm.... Basil assures me that he can rig something to hide the key. So I'm taking it for a drive tonight to see for myself.


Anonymous said...

can't take the key out? ok, you guys are funny but don't you think that even for a good deal that's a bit insane?

Basil Bizarro said...

Being $33,000 in debt is insane. A key stuck in a car ignition? Eh. Not so bad.

You can take the cylinder out, with the key. We're going to have it fixed, or, the kid is going to have to insert the cylinder every time. New trans, new radiator and an interior that looks like it skipped all the years between 1989 and landed in the here and now.

Now I have Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain" running through my...brain.