Unintentional Car Lust: 1991 Honda Civic LX: Part One
Hi. My name is Rob, and I am an addict. I have car lust. When I purchased the car pictured at right, I wasn't exactly looking to buy another car. I already own a 1989 Honda Prelude Si, one of the best handling cars ever produced, and a 1995 Audi S6 Avant as a fantastic daily driver. But sometimes in life, a car finds you.
I'll preface this article by explaining my current employment situation. After experiencing the joys of graduating in the worst recession in the past 70 years or so, I learned to take work where I could get it. Currently, I am working about 75 miles away from my residence, which means I commute, quite a bit. This is all well and good, but my daily driver S6 Avant is extremely rare (one of 300 in North America) and last year alone I piled on almost 30,000 miles. Clearly, something had to be done. My roommate also happens to work at the same place that I do, so we toyed with the idea of getting a car together, purely as a commuter. We weren't dead set on getting something, but we kept our eyes open. And like I said, sometimes cars find you.
That should have been where the story ended.
Upon leaving work, I was headed to an industrial park to grab some free cardboard (it's a long story), and to check a "magical" dumpster. While checking this dumpster for cardboard a few days earlier, I found quite a few treasures: a RotoZip, a timing light, and a complete roll of carpeting for my boat.
While checking the dumpster, my roommate and I were discussing the Civic. Clearly, there was no way it could still be available. Only $700 for a running, driving Civic is a complete steal in any condition; and a rust-free car would easily be worth $2,000 if it was in decent shape. Furthermore, the ad had been posted two days earlier, so it had to have been sold already. Then, we both stopped.
"Is ... is that it?! Like ... right there!?!?!"
Basically, we had driven right to the car. Out of all the random places to go that afternoon, we went to a dumpster right next to the car I had e-mailed about only 15 minutes prior. We flew through the parking lot, excited. There was no for sale sign, but it had to be the car. It had a Texas dealer badge, the trunk was ajar, and it looked just like the one in the pictures.
Unfortunately, nobody was around. The industrial park was devoid of people, so we resorted to wandering into random businesses asking about a Civic for sale on Craigslist. I'm sure most people thought we were crazy. Then we happened to run into a guy who said he knew who owned the white Civic in the parking lot; it was him.
I blurted out how I had seen the car on Craigslist just 15 minutes ago and e-mailed him, then explained how we just happened to run into it. He seemed weirded out, well, because the situation was weird. I asked the owner if we could test drive it, but he explained that someone was driving from about 1.5 hours away to buy it. After convincing him to let me drive it in case the seller backed out, we threw it around the parking lot, and everything seemed to be in working order. Upon getting out, the owner said he still wanted to wait for the other interested party to arrive, but, as they say, all is fair in love and buying used cars.
After a quick glance at my roommate, I asked, "Would you take $800?" Sold!
Next week? Part 2: Repairing a decade of neglect.
-- Rob the Audi Guy