What else you should consider when buying a second-hand car
Tessa Salazar gave very informative and practical tips on what to consider when buying a second-hand car in her Nov. 7 article in the PDI’s Motoring section. She enumerated a comprehensive list that a would-be buyer has to check before signing the sales contract.
However, one very important item that Tessa failed to mention (maybe because it is intangible and cannot be conclusively proven to be connected with the car) is to ask the owner (or seller) if it has figured in an accident which resulted in the death of a person.
Why is this important? Because a car in which somebody died (especially violently) must have acquired a negative energy or vibration. It becomes a magnet for death for anybody riding in it.
This calls to mind the celebrated and fully documented case of Hollywood actor James Dean (“Rebel Without a Cause,” “Giant”) who died in a terrible crash in his black Porsche he named The Little Bastard. James Dean loved to race and was warned by several of his coactors that if he drove his car that day, he would die. The actor, of course, ignored it. He died instantly.
According to writer Robert Norris in his article in the October 2007 issue of Fate magazine, “Shortly before the fatal accident, Dean told his friends he felt he was getting closer and closer to his grave. He spoke frequently about the joy and beauty of death.”
All those who bought the car after the accident, or merely installed its parts in another car, either died in it or were seriously injured.
“The first fatality was Troy McHenry, a physician and sportsman who bought the Porsche’s engine and had it mounted in his own racing car. He was killed in his first race.
“A second physician, William Eschrid, bought The Little Bastard’s drive train and entered the same race in which McHenry was killed. Eschrid’s car rolled over in a ditch without explanation, injuring the physician seriously.”
Mysterious events always followed James Dean’s car wherever it went. For example, George Barris, a California race car designer, bought the mangled wreck for its parts. As the wreck was being unloaded, it slipped from the truck, breaking the leg of the mechanic. Barris sold the two undamaged tires to the owner of a sports car. Both tires blew out simultaneously.
James Dean’s famous or infamous car was later restored for display. The Florida Highway Patrol had borrowed the car for an exhibit on safe driving.
“The night prior to the third exhibit, the garage housing the Little Bastard mysteriously went up in flames, destroying all vehicles stored in the garage, with one exception: the Little Bastard was barely scorched.”
Before James Dean’s fatal accident, his fellow actors, like Ursula Andress, Nick Adams and Alec Guinness, had already warned him that if he drove that car, he would be dead within a week.
James Dean was with Porsche mechanic Rolf Weutherich when the fatal accident happened; he was seriously injured but survived. The car that collided with Dean’s Little Bastard was driven by a man named Donald Turnupseed who was miraculously unhurt.
I was again reminded about what happened to James Dean and his car when my son Jolan Alexander and my daughter Sophia contributed money two years ago to buy for me a good secondhand car to replace my almost 20-year-old Nissan Sentra. They found a Honda Civic which was slightly used and was checked thoroughly by a mechanic to be in excellent condition. The selling price was too good to be true.
Before I agreed to have them buy it, I told the car dealer that I wanted to talk to the original owner of the car. But she refused to talk to me because, according to her, she had already sold the car to the dealer and didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Because of this, I bought instead a brand-new Toyota Altis for a much higher price. Her refusal to talk to me made me suspicious.
This does not mean, of course, that you should never buy a secondhand car. The only one you should avoid is one that has figured in an accident that resulted in the death of the owner or its passengers.
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