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FOLLOW ALONG WITH MY VARIOUS GARAGE PROJECTS AND SHENANIGANS
I couldn't believe what pristine condition the 2-year-old car was in. It was flawless. Even the wheels. Not a mark. After ogling it for a bit, we did the deal and we were on our way. We spent the next week working our way back to North of the border. We spent a night in Cleveland, two nights in Chicago, a night in Minneapolis, a night in Bismarck, and a night in Great Falls before heading through the border at Coutts. It was an epic road trip with lots of fun along the way.
When my wife and I returned to Canada after a decade of life overseas, we agreed that we were going to get a nice car. We figured something with heated seats would be nice. So, I spent months researching what kind of deal I could get on a sweet ride from the States. I narrowed it down to a Chrysler 300 SRT or Cadillac STS. Soon after arriving home, a 2006 STS-V popped up in Parma, Ohio and it was irresistible. I phoned the guy up, made the deal, and booked a flight for the next day. My friend flew into Cleveland from Vancouver, arriving at the exact same time. Ten minutes and a chest-bump later, we were standing in front of what appeared to be a brand new STS-V.
The import process went well despite a slight hiccup. The Friday we arrived in Great Falls, I realized I had misplaced the original bill of sale. Luckily, I was able to get ahold of the dealer just before he took off for the weekend. He was highly cooperative and FED EX'd me a replacement copy that arrived later that day! (That would never happen in Canada). I dodged a bullet there. Once the car was in Canada, it was subjected to two inspections. All that was required to register it was a few minor modifications performed by the local Cadillac dealer. I pampered that car for two years, but it saw little action. It was not cut out for the Canadian winters, plus I couldn't bare the thought of subjecting it to the ravages of our winter roads. It sat, covered, for too many months of the year in our underground parking facility. With the factory warranty set to expire in a matter of months, I let her go.
I really enjoyed that car, and I sometimes yearn to hear that 469 bhp V8 wind itself up. I added a Borla exhaust which really made a ruckus as it made its way down the boulevard. Around the time I sold it, I took the second generation CTS-V for a spin. I was shocked by its power. Tonight, I was checking out the third gen CTS-V online, and it got me all nostalgic about my rad Cad. Great car. Greater road trip.
RAD GARAGE is my personal detailing theatre. I am a teacher who finds immense pleasure in completing deeply therapeutic, thorough and highly satisfying detailing projects in my residential garage. I have converted my suburban double car garage into a world class detailing environment and I enjoy caring for my own car and select cars belonging to others. The garage and the work I complete in it have allowed me to connect with other detailing enthusiasts from around the world.
Carzilla is a local detailing store that caters to the national detailing community. I have been a longtime customer and I am fortunate to call the owner a friend. Besides stocking a vast quantity of top quality detailing products, the owner has supported various garage and detailing projects of mine over the years.
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