Some of you have been asking about how things are going with my life dream of owning an old(er) Volvo wagon… preferably an early 90′s 240. Well, here’s the update.
I’m heading to my cottage for a week in early August, and I basically need a vehicle for that week, so I have a hard deadline to shoot for, which I haven’t had before. That means I’ll just have to bite the bullet and wade hip-deep into car ownership. I’m currently looking very seriously at two different vehicles. One is an older 240 with LOTS of kilometres on it, but it’ll be dirt cheap. Cheap up front means costly in the long run, but it’s in pretty good shape all things considered. The other car is an 860 that’s in much better shape, but costs more (and is for sale on the other side of the province). I’m looking a bit more seriously at the second car right now, so a trip to Eastern Ontario is going to be in the works soon.
I’ve secured financing and I’m doing my homework on buying, safetying, plating, registering and insuring a used car (and it’s frigging complicated) to minimize the number of surprises that will pop up later. If anyone has any tips from their own used car purchases, please pass them along. I’m considering buying privately OR from a dealer, so tips for both would be great.
Rest assured that once I have a Volvo wagon in my driveway, invites for camping and cottage trips will be more frequent, and the Castle will be hosting a christening party to name her and send her off in a fitting (and traditional) fashion.
Also, if you know anyone selling a Volvo wagon, or you know of one in your neighbourhood with a ‘For Sale’ sign tucked in a window, pass along the details… please. Your help is greatly appreciated and I’m sure you have a vested interest in helping if for no other reason than being able to read about all my Volvo adventures in here.