Considering we did a brief post about it earlier last week, its only proper that I blog as well 😉
Heres the post with photo:
"For those of you excited and asking about our #stuffstruck plans, we are sad to say that our dream is no more 😫
After involving our mechanic and getting proper estimates and evaluation for costs, we've discovered to cost to fix is WAYY greater than expected 🙈 We've decided to not keep the truck and resort to plan B (TBA) instead 😳💸 RIP"
To begin ☝🏽️
After careful consideration and advice from others inside and outside of the industry, we initially had in our minds that we were NOT going to take the full-blown food truck route. And for good reason too, we discovered that its costly, it wouldnt be an efficient work or prep space for us, we know NOTHING about mechanics or where to start, the inspection and certification process equals some thousands in fees to register.. And yeahhhh.... No.
Lucky for us, Vic has a good friend whos friends with a lady that happened to be renting and selling her food truck for a more than reasonable amount 🙀 We contacted her & went to check it out mid-February. We immediately fell in love. The "Los Colorines" truck was everything we needed. Most of all, the owner told us there was nothing apparently wrong with the truck and that it had
no problems. As we drove away from meeting with the owner and family, we bartered a better deal via text.. Her response? She was 100% down.
On the 23rd of February I signed a contract stating that we would rent the truck for the first 3 months starting March 1st through the end of May 2016. After said 3 months, we would be free to give payment for the truck, transfer the title and move forward with our stuffs truck plans. --
In late March/early April, we realized that wasnt quite going to happen. We initially stumbled upon multiple interior issues that had not been mentioned: broken seatbelt, horrible interior leaking, and a mostly-dead battery. We hired Marvin, our mechanic friend, to inspect the truck for a day, and heres what we found:
Before we'd even seen these photos, Marvin advised us flat out to not buy the truck. He went easy on us and gave the good news first: that the tires, wheels, steering wheel, and a few motor parts were no good and potentially hazardous. The news that immediately followed was the deal-breaker: the entire chassis needed replacing. Such a job would make our estimate of reparations greater than what we agreed to pay for the truck itself 😱
That was the moment we learned a new lesson in life: Big ticket items must ALWAYS be inspected. Thank the goobers we were renting and not buying.
Fortunately when we called Sylvia(the owner) to tell her we wouldnt be giving her our money, she understood completely and apologized. We'll be returning the truck as planned at the end of May.
Until then, its back to the drawing board ☝🏽️