I'm looking for someone to check out a used car for me near Youngstown, Ohio. (Which is, in terms of places more likely to be on my friends' mental maps, about 80 miles SE of Cleveland or NW of Pittsburgh — or an hour west of Cooper's Lake Campground.)
Some of you will remember (and most of the rest will have heard me go on about) the best car I ever owned, my '93 Plymouth Colt Vista.1 In 2000 I traded mine in, and I've been looking for its equal ever since. I thought I'd found it five years ago, when Ford introduced the B-Max in Europe. But then Ford's US management essentially said "All that stuff about One Ford and being a world car company? Ha-ha! Fooled ya!"
Which is about when I set up searches on various used-car websites. Until now, everything they've turned up that might have been worth checking out has been at least 1000 miles away. And if I'm going to travel somewhere to buy an old used car — and then try to drive the car back — it's got within the distance I'm willing to take a Greyhound. Potentially twice. Which Youngstown is right on the edge of. But before I buy the bus ticket, I want to have some assurance that I might not be setting off on a fool's errand. Hence wanting to find someone local to scope the car out for me. Ideally it would be someone who knows a good local mechanic to take the car to for a checkover. I would of course expect to pay this person a reasonable amount for their time. f you know someone in that area who might be into this sort of thing, please let me know.
Thank you. You may now point and laugh. :^)</p>
1Also sold as the Mitsubishi Expo LRV or Eagle Summit Wagon: A small car that fit in the footprint of a standard econobox, but had a sliding rear door and enough space inside for both your friends and your hobbies. Like a minivan, but bonsai!, to quote Siderea. Ray Magliozzi, my mechanic, also had one and considers it the best car he ever owned. After fifteen years on LJ, I have joined the great exodus. It's lovely over here. Join me!
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