I drive a Prius. It’s great, I save on gas, it is easy to park, the trunk is relatively roomy. But what is a girl to do when she finds a large piece (or set) that is just too exquisite to pass up? Borrow a friend’s truck, of course!
I’ve not always been so lax about borrowing vehicles. Once you come up with a few rules, it’s a piece of cake.
So what’s the best plan for borrowing a car?
1. You don’t want to mess anything up, so I say BE CAREFUL! Like more careful than you’d be with your own car (duh.)
2. If something gets messed up, you are responsible for fixing it. Do it.
3. I always bring blankets/ quilts to protect the interior so pieces don’t scratch, tear, or get anything too dirty.
4. If something gets dirty, take it to get cleaned.
5. Don’t forget to say thank you!
Now, borrowing vehicles often comes with a silly story or two, so for your entertainment:
The first time? My friend was driving her boss’s vehicle, and we snuck off on her lunch break to grab a chest my friend was throwing out. Imagine two girls moving a heavy piece, angling, huffing, and puffing while trying desperately not to scratch or tear anything for fear of her job. Looking back, it was pretty comical.
Another time, I found this AMAZING mirror next to a trash can while walking in the Hollywood Hills. I left a note in the mailbox, and the owner actually gave me a call. My friend offered up her poor hubby’s beloved Jeep. The mirror didn’t fit. NOT an option. We found cables in his trunk and decided to try and tie it to the roof. Woo hoo! Right? Well, it was a pretty scary ride back to my house. Every time we came to a stop, it seemed like the mirror was going to fall on the hood and break into a million pieces. Eventually, we made it to my place and got the mirror inside, her husband none the wiser about the perilous journey.
I’ve borrowed cars countless other times without a hitch, so don’t be afraid to ask. Hey, your friend may even drive you and give a hand!