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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Pulled the Trigger



I finally pulled the trigger and bought a tow vehicle. It’s an old 2004 four door Chevy Blazer. Considering my limited budget I think I did fairly well. The original owner had paid for good undercoating so it’s not rusty. That’s a big deal in the land of winter road salt.

It has about 100,000 miles on it, but it’s been well maintained. The previous owner and I use the same mechanic. Another big thing, at least for me, is that it has a tow package and good roof racks. Having four wheel drive doesn’t hurt either.

There was no one in line at town hall so it took about fifteen minutes to register it and get new plates. The insurance office had me set up in about ten minutes. The new title will arrive in the mail. What it needs next is to pass the state inspection. While it has a current sticker, it sat for months after the owner lost his license. My mechanic is going to go over everything and make sure it’s fine. Yes, I have a mechanic I trust to do that without over charging me or making unnecessary work. I drove it about fifteen miles to get it home and nothing bad happened.

The Blazer is more than capable of towing my sailboat, and that’s what it’s all about.

-Sixbears

13 comments:

  1. Good for you :) If I recall, those weren't a bad little suv. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! I have my fingers crossed. Heading to the mechanic's for an inspection in a couple hours.

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  2. What?... no pic?
    I bought an '04 Ford F150 with 150k miles 5 years ago. Now has 205k. All I've done is a new front end, and front brakes. Very reliable.
    Looks like you got a good one.

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    1. Pic is coming. I hope it's a good one. Time will tell.

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  3. That sounds like a good deal. Hope this vehicle works for you guys.

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  4. '04 with less than a 100,000 - that should last you a good while. The mechanic already familiar with the former owner and vehicle - thats a good sign ! To me - you done good !! Congratulations on finding it.

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    1. It's not going to be my daily driver so I'm hoping it'll last a few years anyway.

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  5. My first 4x4 was a Blazer. Since then I have had quite a few four wheel drives. Have a Jeep Liberty now. I could put their transfer cases in neutral and pull them behind my motorhomes.

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    1. Nice. your motorhome looks like it could pull another motorhome. :)

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  6. I remember when I was a teenager in the late 60s. Any car with 100k was usually pretty worn out. Sloppy front end, and blowing blue smoke out the tailpipe.
    Fortunately, things have improved these days.

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