Buying a car or a house can be a stressful decision, especially when it is used. Because someone had it before you, you don’t know every bit of its history. You might wonder what they aren’t telling you about it – mainly when it is being offered at a low price. Did something bad happen in the back seat? Did something spill that is only just covered up? Or is part of the car’s chassis about to break off at any moment?
Questions and doubts run through almost every buyer’s mind as they were contemplating pulling the trigger and purchasing used property, whether a car or home. But after one dad decided to buy a used car for his daughter, he was stunned when he found a note in the glove compartment addressed to him.
Kevin Duke’s daughter was turning sixteen in just a matter of weeks. And he wanted to give her a gift that would make an impression. So he saved up for months and then went to the used car dealer to get her a car for her birthday. He could already see the smile on her face.
Before buying anything, he inspected the used vehicle closely because it was his daughter who would be using it. He opened every compartment and looked under every seat. And he drove it around to test it and finally determined it was satisfactory for his little girl.
Later, after purchasing the used car, he opened the glove box – again for the sixth time – and saw something had happened to miss. He couldn’t believe he had missed it. An envelope was right there waiting for him to grab it.
So he did. And he couldn’t believe what it had inside.
“Well, yesterday I’m in it tinkering around, and I open this storage compartment on top of the dash (which I’ve opened a half dozen times already). This time I notice a rubber mat in the bottom of it and for whatever reason, I pull it out,” Kevin said.
Underneath this rubber mat was a letter addressed to the “New Car Owner.” And the envelope claimed that there was “Important Info Inside.”
Having bought the car for his daughter, Kevin opened it immediately.
The letter described how the previous owner of the car was the writer’s mother. The letter said how the car was always special to the mother. And the car was close to the writer’s heart. But after losing her mother, her aunt, and her six-year-old daughter in a devastating house fire, the writer was forced to sell the car to pay for funeral expenses. The writer urged Kevin and his daughter to cherish the car and to drive it proudly in the memory of the writer’s deceased mother.
Kevin’s daughter has since cherished the car.