Great Cars of Ireland

Originally published at Amazon’s “Car Lust” blog on March 17, 2011.  Edited and updated.

Here, for your St. Patrick’s Day viewing pleasure, is a picture of the most Irish of all possible Irish cars, a lovely green De Lorean DMC-12.

Green DMC

Pot of gold sold separately, leprechaun not included.

Ah, faith and begorrah (whatever the heck a “begorrah” is), sure as you’re born ’tis more to the story of Irish automobiles than green DeLoreans. Follow me to the end of the rainbow and we’ll take a look. (I promise to lose the phony accent.)

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They call it “scheduled maintainance” for a reason: you’re supposed to follow the schedule!

Ka-ching!

The Great Used Car Adventure of 2016, Episode 5

One of the first things I did after taking delivery of the 2009 Volkswagen CC I bought in our last episode was to make an appointment to have the 80,000 mile service done on the car.  It had just over 81,000 on it when I bought it, and I figured that, human nature being what it is, the prior owner probably didn’t bother with the expense of performing the 80,000 mile service on a car that was about to be traded in, sold, or go off lease.

About a week after that, the fun began.

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The Fateful Saturday Cross-Shop

The Great Used Car Adventure of 2016, Episode 4

postcard489-airportmotorsThough the GTI had been declared a total loss at the beginning of September, I ended up waiting for Godot Mutual* until mid-October before I got my settlement check and could go forward with actually buying a car.  In that space of time, I’d seen several solid candidates appear in the listings for a fleeting moment before being sold off to someone else.  In the meantime, the inconvenience of our household being short one daily driver was beginning to weigh on us all.

Once I’d cashed the check, I plotted out a marathon reconnaissance sortie for the following Saturday.  My wife and I would visit several dealerships in Cleveland and Akron and try to look at as many cars as possible in the hopes that one of them would meet our specifications and we could get this over with.

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