Feedback On True Story #21: Ordering Cars

Here are some of my favorite reader comments from last week’s True Story, which was about the perils of ordering vehicles from the factory. By the way, if you have missed any of the previous stories, they are all at the bottom of my FAQ page.

From Joe Wilkes:

Hi Jerry. Your story about mistakenly ordering a car for your dealership in primer only reminds me this Father’s Day about my dad and his purchase of a new 1984 Cadillac Sedan Deville from Dimitt Cadillac in St. Pete Florida. They had made the same mistake, but they decided to sell the car that way with an offer to have it painted any color the customer wanted. My dad bought it and chose two-tone red and white. Red hood and trunk lid, white fenders and doors with red panels within the white! He had them add a heavily padded red vinyl roof, and a red fake spare tire container on the rear bumper. It was quite a site to behold, as was my dad bombing around St. Pete in it with his long white Santa Claus hair and beard! Hope you’re having a happy Father’s Day.

Buff Parham:

Jerry, great storytelling that reflects your tremendous generosity and sense of humor! Just one question…who in the hell bounces a check for a brand new truck??? OMG…

Michael B.

As always, I enjoyed your story about ordering cars. Believe it or not, I tried selling cars in the early 1970s in Missouri and the same thing happened as far as getting a car with no paint. It was a Pontiac or Oldsmobile, but it was a big car. I remember thinking how ugly it was. I quit before it was sold, so not sure what they did with it, but your story brought back something I had not thought about in many years. I enjoy your show and newsletter.

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