NOVEMBER 17, 2012: WHAT ARE THE DANGER SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE AN INCURABLE CAR GUY?

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You may be in denial when it comes to your old car addiction.

 

You may actually be in serious denial and say that everything is under control and you have a handle on things, but there are danger signs that you may be an incurable car guy.

 

The first thing that may be a sign is that you surf the ‘Net everyday and ride the wave of Kijiji , Craig’s List and up- and- coming online old vehicle buy/sell websites like Grumpy’s. You watch the bids on Ebay and you sift through everything online that connects the dots between “old” and “car” for sale.

 

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The second sign you are an incurable car guy might be the way you drive and the route you drive on the road. If you have been down random alleys scouting for old vehicles with no plates on them, then you may have a problem. If you knock on the guy’s door and try to buy his un-plated vehicle, then you definitely have a problem.

 

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The same program applies to country drives and, if you have a good set of binoculars with you to spot old iron in farmyards, then you may have a problem. If you are willing to risk buckshot and angry dogs to have a closer look at a country car or truck and talk to the very unsociable owner of the old vehicle, then you definitely have a problem.

 

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The third sign you are an incurable car guy might be if you simply think that every old car needs to be saved by you. If you think that every old car needs to be saved and you buy it, then you do have a problem.

 

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The fourth sign you are an incurable car guy might be when you circle every date on a calendar for every swap meet in your area. If you attend every date on a calendar for every swap meet in your area and come home with stuff every time from every swap meet, then you have a problem.

 

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Clearly, if you circle a date, attend a swap meet, buy stuff and ultimately miss your wedding anniversary dinner that was also circled on the calendar, then you definitely have a real big problem- and maybe one less marriage than at the start of the day.

 

The fifth and final sign you are an incurable car guy is that you have become more than willing to talk to strangers after a lifetime of caution regarding this kind of social behavior. This final sign is probably acceptable under these conditions because nothing emboldens incurable car guys to break down social barriers than any event that involves other car guys.

 

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Besides, the irresistible conversational topic of old cars is too good to pass up when it comes to car guys in groups.

 

Jim Sutherland

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