There was a man who visited a Used Car Dealership in New Hampshire*. As he passed by all the highly polished and sharp looking vehicles, he happened upon a gorgeous sports car. It’s curves and sport tires were utterly sexy and powerful and when he looked inside, the leather seats and meticulous upholstery sold him right on the spot. So overwhelmed by his emotions, instead of having an independent auto mechanic take a look at the car first, he forked over money and drove the car off the lot.
It wasn’t long as he got up to speed that he started to feel the car shake and strange noises started to come from under the hood. Then smoke came out of the exhaust pipe along with some water and the car stalled. He opened the hood and took a peak under the car and all he could see was corrosion and rust everywhere! Upset, and in a panic, he drove to an auto repair facility that is used to dealing with new cars; his car was so old, they could only take a stab at what was wrong – and recommended he spend thousands of dollars to fix it.
By the time he was done, he was out the money he bought the car and had paid almost as much money to fix it as when he purchased it.
And then to his horror, when he got up to speed, it still shook and there were still funny noises coming out of the hood!
He then, realizing what a fool he had been, took it to a used car mechanic who specialized in that make and model; and found out that all he needed was some tires balanced and the fan belt tightened and a few hoses replaced. Total cost was less than a hundred.
So hear the Parable of the Used Car. Who has eyes to see, let him see! (Or, who has brains, let them use it.)
The interpretation is easy to see. We have so many who come to Newburyport and are bowled over at the historic homes surrounded by an historic city and many without finding out what they are getting themselves into, purchase one of these ‘lovely’ homes. Then after the loan’s been taken, and they have moved in; they find themselves with an old house with a host of problems.** Instead of going to a qualified carpenter, contractor, electrician, or plumber who is familiar with houses older than a hundred years, they go to new house craftsmen. NEW HOUSE CRAFTSMEN DO NOT ‘FIX’ ANYTHING. They build new with new materials; of course, they will recommend the most expensive fixes so the house will look new, not historic.
It is hoped that most homeowners don’t fall into this parable fool’s situation and hires qualified workmen who are familiar with old houses.
They will often find highly qualified local people who know the most efficient cost-saving means to still have an historic home without losing the historic assets and still live in a comfortable home.
AVOID THE FOOL’S ROUTE!
* They don’t have a lemon law.
** There is no lemon law for houses.