So, I scour the east coast, from DC to Key West looking, digging and sometimes finding that elusive pieces part or trinket that is just what is needed to be the cherry on top. Ironically these are the bits that I threw away or sold cheap to clean out in a manic fit of hoarders remorse, and the need to "make room". But now, tinged with a little regret...so I look...and look...and look. Sometimes finding the golden goose, but most times finding a big ol' goose egg.
That being said, finding "deals'for my clients is getting harder and harder. I'm currently running up and down the east coast', since I'm a military wife. and we're relocating up into the VA/MD area so I search the classifieds as I normally do. Seeking, finding, talking and meeting folks of our Honda ilk.
What I'm finding however is that my values, meaning the ones I was raised with, are not monetary and are not gaining in value in our culture, they are being lost with the parts I seek. Honor and the value of ones word is hard fought and downright scarce these days.
Understand, I am as old as a lot of my clients Mothers which means that its my generation that has failed to instill these values in these Millennials. Now, I'm not saying all are like this, as my partner Andrew does fall into this age bracket and has the same values as I do, but in large part they do not exist.
Instant gratification, entitlement, and not valuing the value of time (especially other peoples) are major battles that frustrate me almost daily. My wife wants me to get out of this game for these very reasons. But I stay for the love of the cars. and because there are some, a rare and chosen few who share these values with me.
My word means something to me. I WILL do what I say I will do, and a handshake is a contract to me. If I'm driving 3 hours to come buy something from you, I do expect you to keep it for me until I arrive, and not sell it out from under me when someone closer calls you and I m en route. I expect the courtesy of a phone call if you're running late or aren't going to show up when I'm expecting you. You see, I believe these are niceties that make life just a littlemore pleasant. And not quite so frustrating. Believe me when I tell you, there is a list. A black one. I have no issues putting rude people on it and refuse service. But if you make that effort, that 5 second courtesy, I will guarantee you"ll have a better experience, I will jump through hoops and you'll save a bunch of money in the end. I can pretty much call this a lesson in getting what you want for the next generation. being nice, having honor will save you money, and people will WANT to help you. Much more than when you demand or threaten, wouldn't that just make the world a little brighter? For everyone?
Yes, I believe it would.