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Panthers Player Pays for Car Repair With Coins

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On: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:06AM | By: Gary P Garry

Panthers Player Pays for Car Repair With Coins

Football season is now going strong, and new 2017 cars are also being put on display right around now. A lot of people in the automotive community get excited about the fresh offerings that are hitting the marketplace, but this is not always the case for the rest of us. Supercars and high-tech, high-end innovations may be available to people like Tom Brady and Antonio Brown, but they may not be on your radar when you are going through life on a day-to-day basis trying to make ends meet.

At the same time, everyone needs solid transportation, and you should always be on the lookout for an upgrade that is within your reach, because driving is fun. We do everything possible to provide our visitors with virtually unlimited automotive options to choose from, so you're in the right place if you are an everyday person looking for an everyday ride. Of course, you can also connect with some high-end vehicles through our site if you have a good-sized budget.

Now, let's get back to football. I wrote a while back about a football player who doesn't care a great deal about the motor vehicle as a status symbol. Alfred Morris, an NFL veteran, is driving a 25-year-old car until it simply won't run anymore. I'm not saying that this is the way to go, but it's nice to see someone who can afford more take a humble, practical approach.

More recently, there is a very interesting story in the news concerning a used car and an NFL football player. The Carolina Panthers fell short of their goal last year when they lost the Super Bowl to the surprising Denver Broncos. Mike Tolbert is a Panther fullback, and he has a 1975 Chevrolet Caprice convertible. Should he have a better car even though he's not a superstar? I don't know, but I know that he is a superstar in my eyes after what I read recently.

He took his car to a mechanic to get a new engine installed. They gave him a quote of $2700, and when he went to pick it up as scheduled, it wasn't done, and the price had suddenly gone up to $3900. He says that they treated him rudely when he asked questions, and when he tried to pay them with a check, they refused to take it. They demanded cash or a cashier's check. What he did next was truly awesome. He went down to the bank, and he withdrew cash to pay the bill, but he didn't get a neat stack of hundreds--he took out $3,943.93 in change, and he went back to the shop. They didn't want to take it, but the police were brought in, and they told the shop that they had to take the coins, because there were legal tender.

Of course, the shop has another side of the story to tell, and I don't know who's right or who's wrong. I do know that I have wanted to make the same move that Tolbert made a time or two, so I can totally relate.


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