Car #9: Aug. 1998 - May 2001
1995 Dodge Stealth
I ACTUALLY OWNED THIS LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS
I sold Camaro #3, unable to register it, and laid low for a year driving around
the trusty Ford van. It took a decade of cars thus far but I was finally starting, barely, to see the futility of driving hot rods
on an extremely limited budget. I resolved to live with the fact that a person with my credit rating would surely never, ever get another
car loan anyway.
"HAVE A JOB? BAD CREDIT / NO CREDIT? COME ON DOWN!!"
"Hey, I've got a new job... my income's not so bad..." I was approved for the loan at a whopping 14.9% (ARGGHH!!!), and I scraped together a $1000 down payment, and using the power of hypnosis, I also tricked them into accepting the Ford rustbucket van as an additional $1000 trade-in value. And BEHOLD: a bright-red, automatic STEALTHY MONSTER VROOM VROOM! I blasted the new stereo all the way home, shouting "FINE BY ME" at the top of my lungs. It was so nice being able to listen to a Crystal Method CD after a whole year of nothing but AM radio in the van.
Three top-notch years of driving brought a few tranny-related difficulties (not my fault; mid-'90s Dodges are apparently notorious for their faulty gearboxes) that cost a couple thousand dollars, but thankfully, it didn't break me. Not quite, anyway.
DAMAGE INFLICTED: Blown transmission (twice) but no accidents!