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
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!