My first car was a VW Beetle. It was a red 71. I no longer have that car due to a series of unfortunate events that were in no way my fault. I've longed for another, but practicality prevented me.
Years went by, 20 or so, and I never lost that want to own another.
So a couple years ago I started a Punch Buggy Fund. Unexpected money, like tax returns and bonuses and organ sales went into the account. As I squirreled some spare cash away, I debated if I shouldn't use the money towards something more practical, like mother's salivary gland operation. While it would be nice to see Mom spit again, I was over ruled by other thoughts such as, wouldn't this drive to work be nicer if I was in a Beetle? and, imagine how much gas I would save driving a Beetle, it would pay for itself in the first month.
I checked some used car mags and realized that they were asking far too much for junkers that didn't run and I got very discouraged.
It was looking like Mom was going to spit again after all when I wondered if the bad economy was forceing people to sell their cars at a more reasonable rate, so I went on ebay. I've never shopped on e-bay before and I poked around, looked at a few cars, put in a few bids, got out bidded and found one car that looked about right and the owner was asking a decent price.
Well, I put in a bid.
And, I won!
It's a 74, little rust and a strong engine. We're finalizing the deal as we speak. I could have it on the road by the end of this week.
Be excited for me!