While some wouldn’t classify Ron D’s car hoard as a collection, chances are he wouldn’t quite agree with them. He’s been buying interesting cars since he was 21 years old. Most of his cars are currently sitting out on his property in Northfield Township, Michigan where he has been stashing them away for decades. Many might just be parts cars at this point, but there are likely to be at least a few that could be revived with minimal work. Sadly for Ron, the township he lives in is forcing him to liquidate all of the cars on his property and at a rapid pace.
Now before anyone gets up in arms to defend Ron’s right to collect, please realize he is violating a city ordinance that everyone in the area is required to follow. And I understand why they are requiring him to comply, unless you are a car nut like us, getting up and looking at the next door neighbors “junkyard” isn’t always appealing. Admittedly, none of his neighbors are close enough to actually see any of the cars, but I get the idea behind the ordinance. What I don’t agree with is the pace at which they are requiring him to maintain. To avoid any legal issues, he has to move at least 20 cars a month. Outside of either giving them all away or having them all crushed, selling this many cars at this kind of pace would be difficult for even a 20 year old to keep up. At 76 years old, he admits it’s nearly impossible for him to do it by himself.
The township initially wanted him to move 25 cars per month, but they agreed to lower it to 20 cars to make it more manageable. He felt 15 cars per month was a more realistic number, as there is a lot of work that goes into selling a car. I have to agree with Ron that 15 cars would be a much more manageable pace and wouldn’t extend the process by that much. Listing each car, communicating with buyers, showing the cars, negotiating on prices and loading up sold cars is an incredible amount of work for one person to tackle. He admits that he has missed the quota already and they didn’t take any action against him, so perhaps they would be willing to cut him a little slack as long as cars are being moved out.
It sounds like Ron isn’t all that upset about having to clear out the cars, he realizes his collecting has gotten a bit out of hand and he doesn’t want to leave his wife with a big mess of cars to deal with after he’s gone. He seems to primarily have an issue with the terms he’s been given, which essentially states that if he doesn’t meet the monthly quota the township will confiscate the cars and dispose of them as they see fit. The court order also states that there will be no exceptions made, so if a buyer can’t get the car moved by the end of the month, it’s Ron’s responsibility to either get it moved for them or to get rid of a different car.
The good folks over at Jalopnik went and took a look at Ron’s property, you can read about their experience here. It sounds like he is trying his hardest to comply with the court order, but he wants to see the cars go to homes rather than the crusher. You can see what cars he currently has for sale here on craigslist and be sure to check back regularly, as he still has plenty of cars to sale. His prices seem quite reasonable and he’s willing to negotiate if it gets the car moved quickly. Let’s just hope the township will cut him a little slack so that he can actually find homes for all of his cars. Our thanks to Moray L for the tip and to Jalopnik for sharing Ron’s story.