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Wanna buy a used car?

07/07/2015
An old tractor

An old tractor “for sale” somewhere outside of Bangor, ME

Instead of planting flowers or pruning bushes, a lot of Mainers turn their front yard into a used car lot each spring.

For example, the guy across the street parked a dark blue 2005 Dodge sedan on his lawn several weeks ago. A sign in the window says the car is “for sale” with “only 51K miles” on it.

I haven’t seen anyone kicking the tires.

Maybe he’ll add balloons to the bumper and wax a “new low price” on it for Labor Day.

In an attempt to document this spring tradition, I drove the 36-mile stretch of Hwy. 15 between Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft one morning last month. I photographed every vehicle being sold from a front yard. The selection was amazing. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor-homes, tractors and more.

If I wanted to get into the logging business, Hwy. 15 could deliver:  A 1975 Brockway Barko 80 Loader was available for $18,500 or best offer.

Or maybe I could take up stock car racing:  A blaze orange 1981 Malibu was for sale on Hwy. 15 for just $3,500. One catch: No motor.

A few folks saw me pull up and came out to deliver a sales pitch. A man offered to show me the inside of his motor home. I declined. An elderly dog the size of a bathtub barked at me before being shooed inside by his owner. It all happened in slow motion. A woman wearing a mu-mu as colorful as a fruit salad told me where the owner of a broken down Jeep liked to drink after work. She also asked me if I knew any available single men.

“The only thing they need is a car and a driver’s license,” she said. “I like to go dancing.”

Well, I know where any suitors can find a car.

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One Comment
  1. Huntzicker, William E. permalink

    Is that Farmall an H or an M? I spent some of my high-school time driving one of those. I never signed in to your blog, I guess.

    Cheers, Bill Huntzicker ________________________________

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