A picture is worth 10,000 words in the case of the one above. A little background first and a focus on the near future:
So what brought me to acquire this absurdly priced can? A car that was worth the value of a case of Coke drove me to it. I had ran my Pontiac G6 once to the Moon and had made the transit around to return when I decided it was time to move forward with something new.
Within 24 hours I had pinpointed the vehicle I was after and went in to finance it on a lark. (My credit was a little rough… alright it was cut up like the Rockies) Much to my surprise, my generous automobile purveyor (Could you hear the disdain?) shot me a text that said “We got you approved, come out and sign the papers tonight and you can drive it away.” As I sat and waited for my turn that evening, my salesman stopped in to chat and said I could grab myself something to drink and a snack so I grabbed this 7.5 oz can of Coke and before I could blink it was empty. Then I got the nod to come sign the papers.
The finance terms were obviously appalling, something on par with the interest rates of a entry rate credit card more than a car loan. Turns out I would be paying 50/50: Equal parts worth of the car and interest. A sale price of right around 10,000.00 and interest that almost matched. It was at this moment I resolved this loan would not last more than one year. And that I would keep this can as a reminder of what 10,000.00 really buys in the “first world” when you are deemed less than credible.
Now I have come to take the humor from this situation as I begin plotting my plans for 2018 and beyond.
At the end of 2017 I will be able to say “Don’t laugh, it’s paid for.” And I will have a nice, shiny can or two to show for my labors.