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Classic Car Buyers


We buy clean or damaged older cars and classics.

Time to Go

Sell a great old car that has been sitting for a long time. Sadly a car stored outside car can become an eyesore after a while it’s time to go. We buy cars running, not running or that haven’t run in years. We can help with paperwork issues so you don’t have to go to DMV. We’ve helped families part with an old car and we do it in a nice way. Our towers have pulled cars out of hillsides, from behind swimming pools, locked brakes. We have been buying classics for a long time, we focus on details like leaving your storage area debris free from the car removal. It matter when when a car in “dug in”. If you want to sell an older car call us for a fair quote and fast and complete service.

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Japanese Gardens: Van Nuys Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure: The Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys

Van Nuys Driving

Last Sunday, the wife and I and the kids went for a ride.  We climbed into the SUV and went to breakfast at a cute little place in the heart of Van Nuys called The Horseless Carriage.  Such a nice atmosphere for everyone and a lovely breakfast of waffles and turkey sausage.  Yum.  The kids read the funny papers and my wife and I discussed what we wanted to do the rest of the day.

Car Fun in Van Nuys

One of our frustrations is our backyard.  She wants to plant roses and vegetables and I want to grow some cactus.  I like a good Sequoia now and then.  After all, I grew up in the desert; just outside of Phoenix.  In the midst of all this discussion, we ran into a couple we knew who were going to something called The Japanese Gardens.  I never heard of it, and neither did my wife.  Certainly not our kids, who by now were tearing up the funny pages and having a righteous old laugh.  I Googled Japanese Gardens Van Nuys and voila!  What an extraordinary day we had.

Who KNEW a garden could be fun

The Japanese Gardens are located at 6100 Woodley, just south of Victory Boulevard.  The entire place features two main things: Lanterns and trees.  From the Weeping Peach to the Cherry; the trees at The Japanese Gardens are enchanting as any you’d find on earth.  This August 6 is the Tanabata Festival, a “Japanese star festival” which celebrates the meeting of two mythical lovers who come together once a year to grant blessings.  Frankly, both me and the Mrs. were quite surprised that the children had a great time too.  And, all this, located on the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.

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Who knew this type of oasis, this type of “tourist attraction” would be hiding in Van Nuys.  When we got home, with fresh new eyes given to us by this earthly experience, I decided to finally get ride of the clunker that’s been gathering dust in the driveway.  I was tired and it was a very long day – but what the heck.  I got some sleep and the following morning, I called a company called Able Auto We Buy Cars.  We loved them from the git-go because of their name.  Said everything I was looking for.  And, indeed they came through for me.  Within an hour of calling, they sent over a nice professional representative who handed me cash and all I had to do was sign some paperwork and hand over the keys.  Done.

Sayonara Carolla

As we watched our 1998 Toyota Carolla being driven away, my wife turned to me and said: “Guess what we’re having for dinner?”  You guessed it.  Sushi.  A lovely Japanese theme day in the heart of Van Nuys.

Steven Alan Green

Driving Van Nuys

Valley Municipal Building Van Nuys
Valley Municipal Building Van Nuys

Driving Van Nuys

When one thinks of Van Nuys, driving always comes up. After all, Van Nuys is the virtual epicenter of 1950’s style cruising and there’s always a feeling that home is where the parking space is. Van Nuys Boulevard is a major north-south arterial road that runs through the central San Fernando Valley. The famed thoroughfare was notable for its cruising lifestyle that was prevalent in the 1960s and ’70s, which was depicted in the 1979 film Van Nuys Boulevard.

Van Nuys Boulevard Sights

Big Taco on Van Nuys Boulevard.
Big Taco on Van Nuys Boulevard.

Founded by none other than Isaac Newton Van Nuys in 1911, the neighborhood’s population is one of the more dense in the valley, hovering just under 150,000. Pickled along the way you’ll find plenty of cultural and Hollywood historical sights. There’s famed Galpin Auto Sports at 15600 Roscoe Boulevard, where MTV’s Pimp My Ride is filmed. They also created the new KITT For the new Night Rider TV show. There’s the Panorama Theater which is converted into a church. There’s Big Taco, a local eatery and institution between Saticoy and Valerio.

Here’s Looking at YOU kid

Next time you’re at Van Nuys Airport, you might take a beat to survey and imagine that the film classic Casablanca was filmed there. Perhaps the most famous scene in movies, the “Here’s looking at you, kid,” scene was filmed at The Van Nuys Airport. Extraordinary.

Little known fact: Because of budgetary concerns, Casablanca director Michael Curtiz used a smaller by-plane than depicted in the film. He achieved this pre-CGI effect by hiring little people actors to stand near the plane and give it its false scale illusion.

America is Driving

Nothing makes me feel more American than driving. Driving represents the great outdoors, western exploration and manifest destiny. And owning a good cruising vehicle is the ice cream on the cake. When I bought a new car last year, I had my old one sitting in the driveway. I didn’t want to deal with Craigslist or customers coming to my house. Instead I found a place called Able Auto We Buy Cars. I loved them from the git-go because of their name. Said everything I was looking for. And, indeed they came through for me. Within an hour of calling, they sent over a nice professional representative who handed me cash and all I had to do was sign some paperwork and hand over the keys. Done.

Problem Solved

I could now focus on my new car and take that leisurely and indeed magical cruise down Van Nuys Boulevard. And, maybe, dream for a moment: “Here’s looking at you, kid…”

Steven Alan Green