March 21, 2004 – When Mike and Wendi Bruce called us from Florida, he was looking for a Moke – but couldn’t spare the time to make the trip out to see our selection with his own eyes. After our “inch-by-inch” tour over the phone, we sent Mike dozens of digital pics, then connected him with a local mechanic to do a thorough mechanical evaluation on his behalf.
Not long after that, the transporter was at their door with the white Moke you see in the pic. That’s Mike with their dog Max, since Wendi had to work the camera…
Here’s the email I received from Mike and Wendi:
Hey Michael / MiniGuy,
Just wanted to let you know that we received our new Moke today from the transport company. It arrived a bit dirty but in spectacular condition. The seats look great, and that gunmetal color on the dash and grill is really nice. It represents better in person than it did in pictures – and Wendi and I are thoroughly pleased with the vehicle. Actually, pleased is an understatement, we are ecstatic!
We logged 50 miles today going to all our friends’ homes to whom we could not adequately explain this vehicle before it arrived, and in doing so gave out your name several times to curious motorists who just had to know what that little car is and where to get one. Should you receive an influx of Florida inquiries, you have us to blame – this car just attracts too much attention.
I have an appointment Monday with a reputable British mechanic and plan to get that oil leak (that you mentioned) fixed as well as talk about some motor upgrades and maintenance items. You were right about the paint, it is great overall and works well with the wheel and tire package – I think we’ll leave it alone for now.
I really wanted to write and convey our sincere thanks in helping us fulfill a dream we’ve had for 3 years. Owning a Moke is like being back in Australia on our honeymoon every weekend, and the car is every bit as fun as we remember – and maybe more with those 300 extra cc’s!
Your professionalism in this transaction made us very comfortable and we appreciate that as well as your patience. This will likely not be the last time we do business and whenever possible we will refer people to you to buy their dream toy car. Please feel free to use us as a reference and thank you again.
Michael and Wendi Bruce
Emails and calls like that really make my day!
IMPORTANT: Please don’t tell them that all my efforts to make sure they get what they want, and to give them most accurate description of the car that I can – is all part of my DIABOLICAL PLAN to provide them with their NEXT THREE Minis! (Insert nefarious laugh here…)
Thanks Mike and Wendi! I look forward to updates about your adventures with the Moke. I’ve already had a number of folks tell me they met you and saw your Moke at the “Spring Thing” Mini gathering in Orlando.