Mr T Finds a New Home

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We always knew it would be challenging to find a new home for Mr T, even before we met him. Challenging but not impossible! It all comes down to price at the end of the day. Winter is the worst possible time of year because most backpackers have flown north for the winter. We kinda hoped to jump on the Rugby World Cup bandwagon, but it's still way too early. The only real prospects that remain are full year working holidaymakers, mostly Germans and Frenchies, and the ever-present vultures who called themselves "dealers" and pay in peanuts.

In preparation Mr T got all cleared out, cleaned up one last time and posed for his photoshoot. He was ready to put his best tyre forward. He got regular pep-talks and we fretted each time he coughed or wheezed just a little. Next we ran up and down the hills of Auckland posting ads on the noticeboards of Auckland backpackers, hitting about all the big ones and a few obscures. Free online ads on Gumtree and the Backpackers noticeboards helped increased our presence.

Slowly the calls started to come in, mostly from backpackers. Everyone who meets charismatic Mr T loves him but apparently not enough to stop looking. So after 5 days we tried the Sunday Car Fair at Ellerslie Racecourse. Despite the intermittent rain there was a decent turnout. We exercised our rusty sales skills giving a solid pitch. Mr T put on a good show, starting first time every time, not bad for a 22 year old! But all the offers were way under what were willing to accept... at that point anyway. But at least there was interest!

After 5 separate viewings a Frenchman called Guillame (a fellow baldie) said he was keen to take Mr T on one condition. He'd been bitten once before with a van that required costly repairs so this time he wanted to do a mechanical check! We cringed a bit, hoping that no new ailments come to light. Mr T passed with flying colours! Aside from needing a service and replacing a couple of almost smooth tyres, Mr T was ready to do the rounds of NZ one more time!

It was sad to say goodbye but we're glad he found a new home with another traveller. Or rather he's providing a new home for another traveller. Giving him away to a dealer would be like dumping a puppy at the pound! They wouldn't love him as we did, they'd just use him for profit.

Mr T rides again! Kap aan, Guillame!! :-)

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Shaun S on

Awww it's sad that Mr T isn't part of your travels anymore..

thelees on

yeah, we miss him a lot more than we expected *sniff*

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