I actually got this 10-12 days ago,but i twas in the shop for minor charging repairs (new stator,regulator,and I had em throw a new battery and front tire on as well),took possession (as in,out of the shop) Saturday and have been riding about 100 miles per day (average) + or - 25 since,LOL! 2002 Honda Shadow 600VLX. Vance & Hines pipes (LOUD ),otherwise all stock
Took this in trade on a '97 GMC Jimmy I'd bought to resale (this is to keep,not resale ),2002 Honda Shadow VLX600...
I've put around 350-400 miles on it since Saturday. I'd forgotten both why I keep my "M" endorsement,as well as how much I love to ride (it's been about 10 years since I owned one that didn't have knobby tires)
...and the '97 GMC Jimmy. This one sold already (to the guy in the pic standing there),so I only shot a couple pics of it.
With 1 sold,and one pending in less than a week (it was 2 days,actually on the Jimmy,he picked it up on the 3rd day) after having gotten started in this,looks like we're off to a good start in this venture (it won't always go like that,LOL,but that would be nice ),knock on wood
Pics of the 2 (2 posts) I bought to resell,sorry it took a few days,been uber busy all week,and fighting a chest cold on top of it. 2002 Malibu,V6/auto,CC,power windows/locks,cold A/C,cd player,etc,etc. Interior's in great shape (just a bit dirty from previous owner,haven't cleaned it up yet where I've been sick)--IDK why they had that cover over the driver's seat,it's in great shape (I took it off the next day after shooting these pics). It ran and drove great on the nearly 80 mile trip home. Body's straight,paint flaking off in a few places,and 1 spot of rust (see last pic). 2 not-related people have expressed semi-serious interest in it already,one of them asked if a $500 deposit would hold it until their next payday (supposed to bring it early this week,though I told them it's not "held" until cash is in hand),so it may be sold.
"Check the laws in your state. I know in New Jersey it's called dealing without a license. They will challenge you if you create a paper trail of buying and selling several cars in a year. The criteria for getting a dealers license was having an official business zoned lot, commercial insurance and a few other things. "
That's good advice for anyone with any kind of business plan,but we already did all of that months ago (key words there were "...we did LOTS (and LOTS) of researching and planning on..." ),fortunately,this is Tennessee,not Jersey
That DOES make it simpler,LOL! Cool beans,my friend. LOVE those mid 90's Celicas! We've never had the pleasure of owning one ourselves,but did have a friend who had one (looks really similar to the one in the pic above this reply,but not as nice) who had one and would let me drive it some (he hated to drive,so when we'd be out for pizza or something on get togethers,he'd shotgun,I'd drive,LOL!).
Well,today we got what hopefully will eventually turn into a small business that we can work and live off of (we've talked about this for years,never wanted to go in debt to try it out,and found ourselves with a little $ we normally don't have this time of year...)....2 decent used vehicles on the cheap to resell,a 1997 GMC Jimmy 4x4 (that looks good inside and out,strong engine,4wd works good--we tested it),and a low-ish miles 2 owner 2002 Chevy Malibu LT with the V6. Our philosophy in life in general is "be honest even if it hurts,be fair,and don't be afraid to burn some elbow grease",so that's how we'll be doing the selling of used cars. "On the side for extra $" for now,hopefully as a primary income in a few years so she can "retire" from outside work Left tham at my pop's house (he has the perfect location for selling used rides,and is where I've sold my own when not trading in over the years),but will be heading down there tomorrow to go through em both,and detail em,barring stormy weather anyhow,and try to remember to shoot some pics to post. Wish us luck
Aside from the usual things that please me (waking up alive,my awesome wife laying next to me,both my children still home with us and safe,etc,etc,etc),had an awesome day with the wife (she's off work Wednesdays/Thursdays),and after occasionally discussing it (sometimes at length),we finally took the first step of what will hopefully become our own business that we can live off of down the road (for now it's just a "on the side,see how it goes" sorta thing),with only a small investment. Basically,we've both always enjoyed the thought of "some day" starting a dealership,but never wanted to go into debt to do it,so in recent months,we did LOTS (and LOTS) of researching and planning on how to start small,with honesty,care and work put into it,we bought our first 2 vehicles to resell this evening. Fingers crossed