• plazzarinilucas

We bought Something...

Today is a day of enormous happiness for us. We want to share a little with you about our idea for our big adventure. Our idea was to purchase a camper van, prepared or not prepared, so that we had a home on wheels for our big journey ahead along the coast from California to Costa Rica.


Everyday we were looking on Criagslist (a famous page here for selling/advertising EVERYTHING) One of the options we saw from home in Spain, which was conveniently located near to where we would first arrive in Oakland. On one of our first days, we eagerly drove to see it and completely fell in love with it. It was being stored at a mechanic’s work shop yard where the owner was selling it as a favour for a friend. His opinion was that he wanted to sell it fast because it was taking up space that otherwise could be used for his work. He spoke to us honestly, saying he wasn’t a sales man and simply wanted the space back. Quickly!


The ‘camper’ had various problems. It needed a new wheel, the door was broken, air conditioner needed a new pump, and a few more to add. We fell in love with it, but it had problems…


We were in the area for about week, still looking at options, of which there were many! We were so motivated to find the perfect camper, even leaving notes in the window screens of campers we liked the look of, asking if they were looking to sell! However, none of these options gave us the same feeling as our first.


Finally we decided to ring the mechanic of our dilapidated ‘camper’ and made our first offer with our mechanic friend …above the asking price…. The reason for this poor bargaining technique was that we were also asking for some work to be completed (fix the door, an oil change etc) and we took this extra investment from the mechanic into consideration. Well, the response we got was not as expected at all….


… Our response was a large reduction in the price if we could move it from his yard within 3 days. He was desperate for the room that this rather large ‘camper’ was taking up.

That night we ran through the options. A ‘pros and cons’ list, can we fix these problems ourselves? Will it be expensive to register? In the end we came to the decision that at some point we needed to make that leap of faith and finally buy the ‘camper’ we had fallen in love when we first saw it from Spain.


The next day we put down a deposit and we had a maximum of three days to figure out where on earth we were going to park it, what we needed to legally drive it (get it registered and insured) and hoping we weren’t about to get ripped off!


Well, we now have our ‘camper’, just 7 days after starting our big adventure! Now the questions…. What do we call her? A camper, or a bus?


What do you think?!


HEMOS COMPRADO SOMETHING


Hoy es un día enormemente feliz para nosotros. Os contamos un poco, desde que llegamos nuestra idea de viaje era comprar una furgoneta, preparada o prepararla para vivir en ella y hacer un viaje largo, normalmente cerca de la costa desde California y hasta Costa Rica.

Todos los días hemos estado viendo Craigslist (famosa pagina web de venta de TODO de segunda mano) muchas horas al día, además por supuesto de las que ya habíamos echo desde casa antes de empezar el viaje.

Pues mira tu por donde, una de las opciones que vimos desde España estaba todavía disponible a nuestra llegada a Oakland. Fue la primera opción que fuimos a visitar, la tenia un mecánico que le estaba haciendo un favor a un amigo suyo, tenia que venderla lo antes posible por que le ocupaba sitio en su taller y el nos dijo que no se dedicaba a la venta de coches, el se dedica a repararlos y es por eso que quería dejar libre ese espacio lo antes posible.

La furgoneta tenia varios problemas, había una rueda destrozada (estas tiene 6 ruedas en lugar de 4), la puerta del copiloto se abría sin dificultad desde fuera, no tenia retrovisor en uno de los lados, no funcionaba el aire acondicionado… bueno una furgoneta bonita pero con algunos problemas…

Estuvimos 1 semana prácticamente viendo opciones, allí donde íbamos preguntábamos, indagábamos, dejábamos papeles escritos en las ventanas de las furgonetas que nos gustaban preguntando al supuesto dueño si estaba interesado en venderla.. en fin, haciendo lo imposible para encontrar cuanto antes nuestra furgoneta.

Finalmente llamamos al dueño de la furgoneta destartalada (y que tanto nos había gustado desde España) le propusimos pagarle un poco mas del precio que el pedía si el se encargaba de reparar todas esos detalles que le hacían falta y de hacerle un cambio de aceite. Para sorpresa nuestra, sabéis cual fue su respuesta? "Mirar, si os llevas en estos 3 próximos días la furgoneta os rebajo 500$ del precio inicial, pero yo no quiero invertir un minuto mas en esta furgoneta ni tenerla aquí ocupando mi espacio."


Esa noche hablamos, valoramos, le dimos vueltas y mas vueltas... finalmente decidimos que teníamos que dar el paso, que debíamos confiar en su palabra (nos había dicho que funcionaba perfectamente y la pudimos probar el primer día de visita) y decidimos comprarla. Le dimos una fianza la mañana siguiente y le pedimos dejarla ahí mismo un máximo de 3 días, para nosotros poder buscar un sitio donde aparcarla, averiguar lo mínimo necesario que necesitábamos para empezar a conducirla y todo el papeleo que debíamos hacer para que la furgoneta fuera completamente legal y segura…

Así que…tenemos nuestro propio medio de transporte solo 7 días después de haber aterrizado !!!

Ahora, la dudas…debemos llamarle furgoneta? o bus?

Vosotros que opináis? =D

0 views
  • White Instagram Icon

Ask us something...

Preguntanos lo que quieras 

© 2023 by Going Places. Proudly created with Wix.com

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now