Used Cars: My Partners in Crime

Used Cars, why they rock

I’m a college student who runs a small landscaping company in the summer. It’s really local, basically I just do yard work for my neighbors. Sometimes I continue into the winter and do some snow removal when I’m home on break. I’ll even come home on a weekend if I know that it’s going to snow because I can clear a lot of sidewalks and driveways with the snow blower I bought last year. That money pretty much gets me through until spring.

Anyway, when I first got the idea to start the business, I knew I would need a vehicle. A truck, really. But since I was just starting out, I didn’t have much money. I was at the end of my senior year in high school at the time and had birthday money and graduation money. Obviously, I was going to need to look at used cars to start out.

My dad took me to a few used car dealerships in toronto and it didn’t take me long to find a truck that was perfect. It has some miles on it but I wasn’t going to be taking it very far, just around the neighborhood. I just needed something to haul my supplies from place to place. I was really shocked at how easy it was to find a decent truck and a salesperson who didn’t make me feel like he was trying to take advantage of me.

That first summer was a really successful one for me. So much so that I’d saved up enough to buy a second truck. See, I wanted a vehicle to take to school with me and didn’t want to put the miles on my work truck if I didn’t have to. So, I was soon out looking at used cars for sale again. I found an awesome truck with a lot fewer miles on it than my first one.  I went to the same dealership and salesman because I’d been so impressed with him the first time. Then I found some cheap auto insurance online for my truck. I always buy no deposit car insurance because it has all the coverage I need, at a good price.

I started the summer with zero trucks and no business and, in only 3 short months, I’d been successful enough to buy 2 trucks. The following summer, I earned enough to upgrade my work truck and found yet another truck at the same used car dealership by my parents’ house. I know some people look down on buying a used car. But I built a successful business with mine.

Words of Wisdom: Don’t Make Friends With Rich People

While I was at university, I had some rich friends. I don’t mean like, Mummy and Daddy paid for my tuition fees rich. I mean ‘I’m just nipping to Copenhagen for dinner’ kind of rich. I’m dead serious, this girl flew to Denmark, for ONE meal.

Now, I’m not saying I struggled for money. But I was averagely well off I guess. I could afford rent and food and stuff by working a part time job like a regular person. But I couldn’t drop, say, $200 on dinner a couple of times a week.

Do you know how hard it is to keep up with people that have that kind of money? It’s literally insane. One time I worked 2 8 hour shifts on consecutive days. One of my friends left to go to a wedding in Dubai and came back again within that time frame. She literally left later than me on Saturday and was back before my shift ended on Sunday!!! Who goes to a different continent for that long?!

So the whole time I was friends with these people, I spent money that I couldn’t really afford to spend. Because it’s embarrassing to admit that you can’t afford to throw $400 a week away on cabs around central London. Or that you are drinking weird Polish Amaretto liqueur because Disaronno is out of your price range.

Obviously, I couldn’t get a bank loan. Because I was a student who wanted money to drink in bars that only bankers and reality TV stars usually frequent, and therefore a liability. So I decided to go to one of the title loans places near me and risk my god damn car to look equally as ‘fortunate’ as the people around me.

And that’s why I now use 3 mediums of public transport to get to work in the mornings. Priorities people, get them right! Also go found the loan here if for the curious: