By naterisch
05/04/2015
Last week I began my new 26-part series “Why Do I Never Learn The Cheapskate Lesson.” It will take 26 parts, because I will continue to do this over and over and over.
By naterisch
04/27/2015
Each time I describe myself as a BMW of North America/IHG Rewards Club driver, I can’t help but think, Is this real? To say that I am thankful to have support from such huge and well-respected companies is just a fraction of the way I actually feel. Having worked extremely hard to get to where I am today—and to have them behind me—is a gift.
By naterisch
04/27/2015
Why do I never learn my lesson about being an impatient cheapskate, and instead wind up having to fix things three times? Last week, when I said that I would begin my new 26-part series “Why Do I Never Learn Lessons About Being An Impatient Cheapskate And Instead Wind Up Having To Fix Things Three Times,” you probably thought I was kidding. Well, perhaps exaggerating; 26 parts is probably too fine a grain. I think I can knock the gist of it off in one column.
By naterisch
04/21/2015
First rule for going to the race track: Don’t take a car that you can’t walk away from—financially and mentally. Although I am finally to the point where I could walk away from my M3 financially, even though it would be quite a loss, I don’t think I would be able to walk away from it mentally. The history behind the car and how it has become a part of my life is too great, and I am sure that I would shed quite a few tears if something happened to it.
By naterisch
04/20/2015
Last week, the Turkey was on the block—the auction block, that is. I’d set it up as a no-reserve auction with a $200 starting bid, and clear wording, in big bold text, that if the final bid exceeded $1,500, the car’s front grilles and kidneys would be included, but would be excluded if the bidding stalled short of that figure. This was my way of trying to prop up the car’s value as a whole running package, as well as some good old-fashioned economic self-interest: I could easily sell just the set of grilles on eBay for something north of $300.

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