Saturday, November 18, 2006

Feeling Good About Things

God is giving me a peace about the way things are going. I've started to actually enjoy selling engines. I'm not sure if this is because we're off that temporary spike in warranty claims, or if it's because I'm just getting more confident on the phone. I do know that I was impressed we filled every valid claim we had, which very few salvage yards would do.

I'm also very excited about pursuing my dealer's license. I wish I could talk about some of the things I'm going to do... but people actually do a lot of searches for the type of car I'm going to be selling. The Dodge Intrepid... specifically the 2.7 Litre, which I will be selling after conversion to 3.2. There, I spilled it. :p It's gonna make me some cash, hopefully. Dodge, thanks for your mistake.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dadgum It

One of the guys that works for us got a DUI last night. We're all praying for him. Bad choices. I hope God helps him steer things right.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The World Does Nothing, Genocide Spreads

For the last few years, I have been appalled at the way the world has handled the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Way to go world, proving how selfish you are even after Rwanda.

The BBC is reporting on this.

World, you suck.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Goodness, Frustration!

I'm getting very frustrated with "the way things are going."

To quote Hootie:
Time, why you punish me?
Like a wave crashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams
Time, why you walk away? oh, oh
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

And you'll teach me 'about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free?
'Cause tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in time

I See It! A Diamond in the Rough!

So, I'm out at a yard that my mechanic says might have an engine I'm looking for for a vehicle I bought recently. All of the sudden, I see a Toyota Supra... from the front. The hood is down, and I can't tell if it's a turbo or not. I (literally) say a quick prayer, and open the hood. Sweetness, it's a turbo! I run and check the mileage on it, and it's 136k... and it was a Memphis pd abandoned vehicle!

I'm very excited for this because these are rare, rare engines - the turbo's, that is. I had a guy call in a few weeks ago saying that he wanted one we had quoted him on that had 120k, and he was gonna pay serious, serious bucks for it (close to 3k). Well, the one we had quoted him on was gone! I couldn't find him another one in the entire country either! 3k, down the drain! Now, I see one that I can get for literally nothing! I can rebuild it, and offer it on the market - we get these calls a LOT! Then, I'll just get a core from the guy, rebuild that one, and I'll always have a Supra engine available.

To be honest with you, it will be Chris, not me, rebuilding these. That joker is good at what he does, no doubt. But I'll learn a lot as I watch him. I'll also pay the machine shop bill for parts of the rebuild we have to contract out! But this is gonna be sweet - almost as sweet as when I get the cressida back from the paint shop and sell that boy! Cars are about to start moving, I can feel it in my bones!