It is fair to report that, according to the selling party, the future of this Fiat could also be seen in a man cave. Honesty compels us to consider whether that is even an option.
In the past, far before the APK duty, life was clearer
Desolate pastries were prepared for sale with old newspapers, roofing felt (if properly burned into the bottom, just like real, healthy) sheet iron and steel putty and a lot of good will and imagination. And where we now have Internet, we then had the famous or infamous Utrecht car market. That phenomenon has finally come to an end after the car market terrain and environment changed. It is a successful cross between the ultimate free market and a public toilet.
Beun de Haas
The Utrecht car market was a sanctuary for the whole family of Beun de Haas and the trial versions of what are now the neoliberals. Sawdust or banana peels in gearboxes and differentials. Coarse sand or talc in clutch housings to give dead tired clutch plates the last bit of grip. The generous use of viscosity boosters, giving the engine oil the smooth fluidity of rinse apple syrup. Rotten sills got body again by stuffing yourself with orange box wood. A layer of old newspaper was placed over it and the finishing touch was subtly applied with a centimeter of filler.
The wreck of the week
At the time, the media were not yet widely represented, but the public glee was served through Kieskeurig, a fourteen-day consumer program of the TROS. That was broadcast between 1979 and 1993. It was the second consumer program on Dutch television, besides Koning Client.
The program was first presented by Mireille Bekooij and Hein van Nievelt
After Wim Bosboom's transfer from VARA to TROS in 1980, he took the place of Hein van Nievelt and became the last substitute presenter. The program was helpful to consumers with consumer complaints or problems. Tests also took place.
One of the regular sections was “The wreck of the road”, focusing on a consumer who had bought a (usually very used) car that in fact no longer met anything. The item then almost always ended with the wreckage that was processed into scrap by a cutting torch, together with the sample 'We'll never see that again' from the song 'Het Vlooiencircus' by the Cocktail Trio.
The program was last broadcast in 1993 and was followed in 1995 by the still existing consumer program TROS Radar.
A revenue model
In that free market a few of my fellow MTS'ers had set up a nice trade. They bought terminal Capris, Escorts and Beetles for next to nothing. They were made 'tight' again with all the aforementioned means plus a few extra options. A classmate's father owned a car paint shop. There the pastries were given a greasy black coat plus a double portion of golden JPS (John Player Special). At the Graku in Wilnis you could have widening strips welded into the rims for 25 guilders per wheel, including aluminum spraying. Pimped Minilites were impressively optional. Four fat tires underneath. Ready. Those were good times. However?