I have a mate, let's call him Brian for now. 

He has a patient wife and collects cars. 

One day he announced he had bought a Corolla Seca with potential to be a nice cheap car for someone. That someone turned out to be me. I figured I could do with a car for less than $1000, and as my son was coming home soon from his European travels, a spare car would add a bit of flexibility. Besides, I needed something to get me to work on the days when I had a half finished Landcruiser project. 

Pop over to the Green Car project to see what happens next.