Monday, May 18, 2009

To change or not to change....

...that is the question.

Some of you may know that I detail cars part time. Click here for some of my work.

Detailing cars require that I travel with a lot of tools and solutions to carry out the job. I use to detail by riding my bike to the customers house. This worked to a certain extent as I didnt need much equipment for the task I was carrying out.

However a full detail job requires lots more tools and a motorbike simply would not suffice. So in the weekends I load up either my mom's car or my own with all the bits and bobs of the trade.

Something doesnt add up.

You see, I am a automobile enthusiast and car detailer therefore I try to keep my car and moms car as clean as possible. Unless of course the weather has been a bitch therefore I simply do not have the time to be detailing both our cars AND customers cars.

Carrying bottles, buckets, brushes, pressure washers is not easy when you have small cars. They also get dirty from being outdoors therefore, I would need some kind of large vehicle to suit the purpose.

Hence I have been thinking of getting a larger vehicle such as a Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Hilux or a Isuzu D-Max.

Honestly I cannot afford those cars. They come with a 5 person seating capacity AND a flat bed at the back capable of carrying all my equipment needed for detailing sans an electric generator.
To afford one, I will need to get a used version. In Malaysia, Japanese vehicles depreciate really slowly, and to buy one thats close to my budget, I would need to get one close to 6-7 years old. On top of that, the miles on the car would be about 50-60 000 km.

I dont want to dish out Rm 50k, just for a 6 year old car with thousands of kilometers on the clock.

Come to think of it,
I dont really want to part with my car. For as long as I'm still in the country, she belongs to me and no other.

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