Here is a great Father’s Day story, yet not about my Dad. This story is about my first experience in buying a car with Ken & Kevin Spainhour. I’ve known the Spainhour family for almost 25 years now and love them dearly. Ken & Diane have been like pseudo-parents, caring for me in so many different ways, including driving up to NY for my wedding, and my Dad’s funeral services. Just wonderful people! Here is just one of the many stories of how they cared for me like their own son. Enjoy!
It was the summer after my sophomore year at Guilford College in North Carolina. I was so excited as I had the opportunity to buy my very first car. I had saved up $8000 and I was ready. I had learned how to drive stick and wanted a five-speed. I was staying in North Carolina for the summer to work at basketball camps and spend time with the Spainhours (my adopted North Carolina family). They are great people who showed me the ways of the south including country music, southern cooking, and most importantly southern hospitality and love.
We were in the thriving metropolis of King, North Carolina. My college roommate Kevin and his Dad we’re going to take me to the local car place. On the lot in prime condition, there was a stick shift Chevy Cavalier Z24 . Gray with pinstripes. It was love at first sight. The sticker price was $7600, so I thought to myself great I can have $400 leftover and I can get the vehicle that I wanted. We took it for a spin that evening and I can still remember the rev of the engine, the digital dashboard, the moonroof, and just the feel of the car. I loved it! I was ready to buy it. Kevin gently touched my arm and politely told me with some southern charm to keep my mouth shut. We came back to the lot and Ken (Kevin’s Dad) starts chit-chatting with the owner of the car place. They were not even talking about the car, just chatting. I was bouncing on my tippy toes ready to just blurt out I’ll take it! Kevin just nodded and again told me to keep quiet. So Ken finally wraps up his conversation after what feels like forever and said, “Well Andrew here is interested in the car so we will be back tomorrow” and off we went.