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Muscle Car Spring Fever…And The Hunt For Used Cars

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Purchasing a new car can be a very exciting, yet daunting, task.  Purchasing a used vehicle can be even more overwhelming.  There’s so much to think about when buying a car.  Lucky for me, the first used car I ever owned was a 1970’s orange Ford Maverick.  It was a gift from my Aunt who no longer wanted it.  She gave it to me in the early 1990’s, and she had only driven it approximately 50,000 miles (yes, miles…it was produced in the early 70’s after all) by the time I started driving it. What a great old vintage car it was…and I did not appreciate it at the time.  I ended up selling it for a measly few hundred dollars a couple of years later when I decided I wanted a brand new car. Arrrrrrgh! One of the dumbest things I’ve ever done! I still regret it to this day.  Especially now that I’m more aware of the value of vintage cars, thanks to my boyfriend.

There’s something about spring that gets the engines revving in guys who are true car lovers.  I’m talking about those who are obsessed with cars, and everything to do with cars. You know, the car fanatics who can name EVERY car part contained within a car.  The car fanatics who can name the make, model, AND give you the specs of the car that is on the road a half mile ahead of you – when the rest of us can barely make out the colour of the car from that distance!

Trust me, I know car fanatics well.  My boyfriend is a car fanatic, and so is his son.  He and X-Man would live, eat and breathe Muscle Cars if they could.  Even at the tender age of 8, X-Man knows cars so well that, last summer at a local fair, X-man pointed out to me that a ride we were lined up for had “two drive shafts” on it.  Huh? What child notices that an amusement ride has two drive shafts on it? As an adult, I couldn’t even tell you what the heck a drive shaft looks like, nevermind finding two on an amusement park ride.  You could hear parents around me chuckling after he said that. X-Man made his father very proud that day, lol.  Like father, like son.

With spring just around the corner, I’m noticing my boyfriend is coming down with some severe symptoms of “Muscle Car Spring Fever” once again.

So…I want to know…

Does your man suffer from “Muscle Car Spring Fever”?  Here are the symptoms:

  • Constant urge to watch Muscle Car YouTube videos on the computer

  • Unusual charges appearing on credit cards for

  • Frequent opening of windows – not to let in fresh spring air – to hear the “sweet sounds” of muscle cars on neighbourhood streets

  • Sudden stockpiling of cleaning products and chamois

  • Increase in terms like “Muscle Car Auto Shows” showing up in computer browsing history

So, as usually happens at this time of year, we got into a conversation about muscle cars and about how my boyfriend has recently been eyeballing his dream car, a Ford Shelby GT 500.  I’ve definitely heard about this beautiful muscle car before, but I wanted to see what they looked like for myself. So we grabbed a drink and sat down to search the internet for Shelby GT 500s.

Turns out, there are a lot of sites on the internet for finding used cars for sale (in addition to the big name car “dealer”sites). If I were truly in the market right now for a used car, these sites would make my search so much easier than it used to be.  Our search turned up a site I hadn’t seen before called Localmart , where we found over 30 different Shelby GT 500s available for sale. Gulp! That’s quite a selection.  You can just imagine how all those Shelby GT 500s were pushing my boyfriend’s Muscle Car Spring Fever into overdrive!

While my boyfriend was busy drooling over all listings of his dream car, I noticed that you can buy and sell just about anything on this site. Looks like just the thing to help me with what I will soon be suffering from – “Spring Cleaning Fever”. Time to start purging!  After seeing some of the prices sellers want for the Shelby GT 500s, I think it’s time to list some things for sale…if my boyfriend wants any hope of being able to afford that Shelby GT 500 one day!

Has your man got Muscle Car Spring Fever?  What is his (or your) dream car?



  1. February 26, 2014

    Annie @ It's just my life...

    Definitely no muscle car fever in this house but we found searching for a new car in Autumn of 2012 to be a very daunting task but thankfully we found a vehicle that we have been very happy with.

    I really don’t have a dream car…. as long as it is a Chevy …. I am good although now that I write this I would really love a Chevy Pick Up. 🙂

    • February 26, 2014


      Oh that would be nice, Annie – a Chevy Pick Up! Maybe there will be one of those in your future 🙂 Yes, searching for a car can be a very daunting task…I’m glad we were just having fun searching and not having to do it for a real purchase right now! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. February 26, 2014


    not necessarily muscle car fever, but my hubby is definitely a vehicle enthusiast – and so is my oldest. At 2.5, he could pick out the Lamborghini, Ferrari, corvette, camaro and mustangs in his hot wheels…..

    • February 26, 2014


      LOL Ashley! Sounds like your son is going to be a “car guy”..with expensive taste 🙂 That’s awesome! Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • February 26, 2014


      “Sexy Beast” LOL very well said, Jen! Love it! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. February 26, 2014


    I’m actually in the market for a used car these days but sadly know very little about them 🙁

    • February 26, 2014


      Well you are definitely in the right place, Fariha, the internet 🙂 Start by checking Localmart, plus all the other online classifieds you can find. As you know, Googling questions you may have about buying a used car will probably help you a lot too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. February 27, 2014

    Little Miss Kate

    I am lucky in the fact that Hubs is not really a “Car guy”. He has his truck to get him too and from work, and as long as it is running he is happy

    • February 27, 2014


      That is a good thing, Kate! lol Definitely cheaper to keep a truck running than a fancy muscle car 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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