Here are some of my favorite comments on our website from last week’s True Story, which was about what was once a big perk of the job in the car biz: demo vehicles. By the way, if you have missed any of the previous stories, they are all at the bottom of my FAQ page:
Now that’s a creepy story Jerry, funny how random events can change or extend your life. I also worked at a car dealer in high school. The General Manager always had really nice Demonstrators. Usually decked out Caprices. He did not like to change out cars all that often and ran up over 10K miles on one. He handed it over to me to clean it up for sale. And he also wanted me to roll back the odometer to around 2 to 3K miles. Back then it was easy to do, but I wouldn’t do that and my career there came to an end. Ever since then I have been leery of Demonstrators which is why I wrote to you regarding the “new” Explorer that I purchased.
Jerry, my dad also sold cars for over 45 years, I remember the demos, he especially liked the sportier cars like Torino GT’s Or the Mach 1 Mustangs. When I was about 11 or 12 would go to work with him on Saturday, paid me 2 bits for each car I washed. Like you, I bought a new special order F150 in 1977, persimmon red regular cab short bed with 302v8 and HD suspension. Got it at his cost, around $3200 out the door. Dad ended his car career several years ago, still teaches art classes into his late 80’s. I did meet a lot of celebrities in the SF Bay Area, they all want cars to drive when they are in town. Keep the stories coming, brings back fond memories.
I worked at a country club for several years as a parking attendant and Mr. So & So always came in with a really nice Thunderbird in the late 60’s. It took me a while to figure out how the car always had only 7 miles on the odometer.
He was the owner of a local Ford dealership.
I am a huge fan of your show and newsletter. I have read every one of your stories from your days in the car business. Somehow I just can’t picture you in cowboy boots and a hat. It was neat to hear about all the different vehicles you drove, I bet you wish you had some of those today. I was very saddened to hear about your friend Joe, I know that must have been hard at that young age, all your fans are just glad you weren’t in that car. Keep up the good work!
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