January 17th, 2007 - Bought out the dealer's stock

I did a very scary thing today!... I bought out my Lada dealer's stock of parts.

I saw his ad on the web classifieds and talked to him on the phone a couple of times. I was only planning on picking up his exhaust parts and brake parts, but I was tempted by the siren's song when I went to visit him. We negotiated a fair price on the complete stock he had for Samara bits and I took the plunge! It took the two of us about an hour to fill up the car and we parted with the mixed emotions of seeing a good thing come to an end and a good home found for all the bits.

Car companies are mandated to keep a stock of parts available for ten years following the last sale of their vehicles. The last Ladas imported to Canada were '97s, so the window has closed now. I asked Franco why he was selling off his stock, but he only offered the cost of renting warehouse space as his motivation. So, even though I don't know it for a fact, I thibnk the ten year rule is probably involved here.

It was extremely scary for me to lay down this much money for a single car related purchase. Yvette's comments make me certain that she's thinking the same thoughts. Oh, me and my impulsive self! I hope... I mean, I *really* hope, that a basement full of parts turns out to be a good thing!

May 8th, 2007 - Relief

May 8th, 2007

My upcoming involvement with the Get Smart film being shot near Montreal has forced me to make sure my cars are all in running order. Hahaha... I plunged into the stock and used an entire exhaust system for Sputnik Angelica, a grimy old carburetor for the Mighty Red Oktober and an ignition switch for The Jazz. Looks like I can start to relax, I've used up about a third of my investment already!