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New Year Resolution - Fix it or Sell it

Posted on 4th Jan 2017 @ 7:42 AM

Happy new year everyone! 

With 2017 already in the works, I found myself thinking about what I'd like to accomplish this coming year. However, I tend to find the sport of procrastination rather fascinating from time to time. So, as I sat on the couch on the last day of my kids' holiday break from school, I decided to indulge myself and relax by watching a documentary. I really enjoy watching all types of documentaries from food docs to social docs to behavioral docs. It's always fun to learn something new or at least gain a new perspective on things. This time I watched The Minimalists which, in a nutshell, was about two guys who have decluttered their lives significantly by doing away with the "stuff" in their lives that they really didn't need. I got the message of getting rid of that which you "percieve" to bring you happiness and to keep what truly does make you happy. There's definitely more to this doc than that message. I really enjoyed this documentary and I recommend that everyone watch it whether or not you need to declutter your life. After watching though, I thought about car projects and just how many of us have cars that have sat for so long just waitiing to be tended to and be "restored".

I'm no different considering I have cars of my own that I bought before my oldest child was even born, and I STILL haven't started on it. Sure, our cars are going up in value as time passes, but that really only matters if we have the intention of selling them at some point in time. If you don't plan on selling it any time soon, what are you waiting for? If you do plan on selling it (assuming you bought it as an investment), you know it's not going to sell as easily as if it were running and driving as opposed to sitting in it's "project" state of being. Nothing like checking out a car for sale and hearing these words, "it was running before it was parked here........umpteen years ago". As if the assumption to be made is that the car should fire up and be driven away after charging up the battery.

So, ask yourself what you want to do with your car or project. If you're tired of seeing it collect dust and just take up space, fix it or sell it. Be honest with yourself. Depending on where it's sitting, indoors or outdoors, it may be getting worse than when you got it. If you don't have the drive to do it, pencil it out and see if it's worth it to pay someone else to do it for you. Whether it's just a simple fix to get it on the road or to restore it, you need to get going on it. So many times we think that it would be a fun project to do with a family member, but then, life gets in the way. Sometimes, life ends sooner than expected, and if that's not sad enough, think about what's going to happen afterward to this project that has sat for so long. So many times, after someone has passed, the family left behind just wants to get rid of the stuff, and the project car that sat for so long is then subsequently junked or sold for much less than what YOU valued it.

Sorry to be such a downer, but it's true. Personally, I have made some decsions already pertaining to my projects and I'm moving forward on some and getting rid of others. It's only been a couple of days now, and already it feels pretty good to see some space open up where there was once something I thought I needed. 

It's January and it's time to start ramping up to show season. Let's get those projects fixed or sold and move on!