"Can we borrow your spare"?
I live in an apartment complex, but there are garages here. I am one of the people that has a garage. So naturally, I was doing a brake job on the Concorde last Saturday and some folks in a Jaguar pulled up. They got out, and asked me what year my car was. I told them '98.
They asked me what kind of car it was, and I told them it was a Concorde. The man in the Jaguar says, "Damn." I ask why.
He says that they (meaning him, his wife, and two other guys with them) were repossessors. They were trying to repossess a Trep that belonged to one of my neighbors. They found the Trep in a town thats about 20 minutes from here, but realized it had a flat. They said that they came back to the apartment complex, hoping that maybe the man had changed his tire to come back home. No such luck for them, though...
Now I didn't know this neighbor of mine at all. And now I'm glad that I didn't. They said they were repossessing the car because the man was in jail.
So, I told them, "No problem. The spare from my Concorde will fit that Intrepid -- they are basically the same car. That's why you thought I drove an intrepid when you pulled up here." I told them that I would swap my spare for theirs. Once they were done, I'd swap spares back. I got a copy of their business card, and off they went.
Tuesday (a few days after the incident) they called me, said that they repod the Trep, and were coming back over to give me back my spare. So, they give me back my spare, I give them back theirs, and the man says, "You seem pretty nice, and since were so quick-thinking, you seem smart too. We need someone to help us investigate and find these cars that we need to repo, and we'd like to hire you, on an on-call basis."
Now, what self-respecting man (taht isn't too busy) would ever turn down a job opportunity like that? Spending your Satudays/Sundays looking for peoples' cars to repo, and then getting paid by the hour? Puh-leez!
So, naturally I accepted their request. They bought me a fax machine, and said that whenever they need me to search out a car, they will call me, and then fax me photos/descriptions of the cars, as well as the addresses of the persons' relatives, friends, etc. to help me with my search.
Also provides me with even more chances to drive the Concorde. Always a plus.