Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thank you!

Over the past several months the number of readers of this blog has increased dramatically. Thank you!

With that increase has come a number of e-mails and questions, some of which I've written about before, and some I haven't addressed. I reply to every e-mail I receive, but I figured I'd take this time to address some of the more commonly asked questions...

The seed of this blog was planted over 2 years ago. You can read the whole dorky history here.

When I started the blog I had a general idea of what I wanted to do, but no idea where it was going to go. I still don't. That's what makes it fun. (That kind of mirrors my life, I guess)

Obviously I'm not a "trained" writer and I hate proofreading, so you can find some typos and errors (usually misplaced punctuation) throughout this blog. One of my favorite comments to a post I wrote said, "The things that gives cars character, are their character flaws." I'm using that as a motto for this blog. The things that give it character are its flaws. I've stopped worrying about the typos and punctuation errors.

I don't make any money from this blog. The cars I feature are just cars I've found while prowling the internet. I don't get any "click through" revenue (I didn't even know what that was until someone asked me about it), no commissions, no fees. The blog is a labor of love.

I do not work in the auto industry and never have. My father spent his entire career at General Motors and that's probably why I'm obsessed with cars, but I didn't follow in his footsteps. (For the past 26 years I've made my living owning a record store - That would be a CD store for those of you who are too young to remember records, cassettes, etc. - It's an ironic choice as the music industry might be the only industry doing worse than the automobile industry these days!)

Cars I've owned in my life have included various models from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Audi, Saab, MG, Triumph, Rover, Opel, Jeep, Austin, Sunbeam, VW, Renault, Peugeot, Chevy and Isuzu. For the first time in probably 20 years I now have just one car, my E36 BMW, which I've had for over 11 years. I've never bought a brand new car, but my Alfa Romeo Milano was close. I bought that car in the same year it was manufactured, but it was a dealer demo car and had 8000 miles on it. Two of the Renaults I owned were a year old when I bought them, and the BMW was 2 years old. The rest of my cars have been 3 years old or older when I acquired them. With the lone exception of the Isuzu (a Trooper), I can say something positive, in most cases many things positive, about every car I've owned. If all things were equal (parts availability, reliability, practicality, etc., etc.) I'd say my favorite car was my Alfa Romeo Milano. But since all things aren't equal, I guess the nod would have to go to my current BMW, which has been an extraordinary car.

I try to feature cars that are unique or unusual in some way. I have nothing against Nissans, Pontiacs, Fords, Chevrolets, etc., it's just that, for the most part, they build cars in huge quantities and therefor they're fairly common. I have done a few posts on those type of cars and will probably do more in the future. I also haven't done any posts on Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bugattis, etc. I have nothing against any of those cars either (I'd be very happy if I woke up one morning and found any one of them in my driveway), but there are hundreds of really good websites dedicated to those cars, so I'd rather concentrate on less exposed cars, which are usually the cars I like the most, anyway.

With each post I try to write a little synopsis of the car, but I leave the details to the people who have firsthand knowledge and I try to include links to those websites.

In most cases the sellers of the cars I write about have no idea their car is featured on this blog (I will occasionally send an e-mail telling them. Sometimes I do that to get more info, other times I figure they may think it's cool that someone is writing about their car).

When I write something like, "this car is in great condition", I'm looking at the pictures and taking the word of the seller, as I most likely haven't seen the car. If you are thinking of bidding on any car, one featured here or not, I would recommend you look at it first or have a knowledgeable mechanic do it for you if it's not practical for you to do so personally.

I love comments. If you have something to say about a featured car, or have some knowledge about it, post it. Criticism is welcome, too.

If you see something on the internet and think "Hey, that car geek guy might like this", e-mail it to me. I'm always looking for ideas and interesting cars to feature.

Again, thanks for reading this blog!


hoov23 said...

Thanks for doing this blog. Been a daily reader for about a month I guess. I work 6 days a week in an exotic car dealership (pre-owned mostly), but I really enjoy reading about and seeing pictures of more obscure, less-talked-about cars. The cars that I buy for myself are always a little on the odd or rare side of things, and I am just now summoning the nerve to get into cars that are over 30-40 years old. Reading about your finds helps open the door to learning about some cars that I may not have known existed or were available for sale. I especially like to see the cars that are rare in the USA (my present daily driver is grey-market) but commonplace in Europe - the Lada Niva comes to mind. Thanks.

Richard said...

I have been a reader of many car blogs and news sites over a number of years. However I have found your blog to be the most enjoyable, the oddball cars you feature are exactly what I love to read about. It might be a little dangerous, a few posts have got me looking at the classifieds, but so far with my XJS taking up a spot in the garage I won't be buying anything until its gone (so the wife tells me!). Anyway, keep up the great work, I am very glad to hear that your visitors have increased and that you have had such positive feedback, you deserve it!