I was driving an ugly turquoise Jeep Cherokee for a while back in 2006/2007. It was a really ugly car, but sturdy and got me where I needed to go.
After driving her around for over a year, I started having mechanical problems (one that I had famously fixed with duct tape). I replaced a few hoses, my brakes started squeaking. And then one night after slamming the driver’s side door, it never opened again. I literally had to climb over and exit through the passenger’s side door.
One afternoon it was really hot and I was sweating (because of course this car didn’t have air conditioning), and I climbed out of the jeep and slammed the passanger’s side door and the front tail light fell out. It was like something out of a cartoon.
During this time my roommate Cindy bought a new car, and I ended up purchasing her old car from her. So I put the Jeep on Craigslist. Overnight I received 178 responses. When I woke up in the morning I didn’t know what to do, so I just ignored all of them and went into the office. “I can work that out later,” I thought to myself.
During my lunch break I stopped at a 7-11 convenience store (do they have those where you live?) to buy a soda, and then I was going to go home to eat. When I was jumping over into the passenger’s seat, a man standing outside of the Auto Zone store (do they have those where you live?) made a comment about the door.
“I could fix that door really cheap,” he said.
“I”m not putting a penny into this piece of junk,” I told him. “I’m trying to sell it.”
To make this short story shorter, I won’t go into all of it…but the dude ended up test-driving and then buying the stupid Jeep right there on the spot. On my lunch break. And then I went back to the office and deleted all of the 178 emails from Craigslist.