THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
Organized by: Sara Barnes
UPDATE FROM AMANDA:
Hello from Kansas! It’s been a few weeks since Sara started the crowdfunding campaign to help me get reliable transportation that could withstand my frequent travel back and forth across the Rockies (both for touching base in Salt Lake City and touring) and I wanted to give you an update on where things stand. Because of your generous donation I am able to continue living here and creating music, and am well on my way to having the car fixed!
That’s right, fixed. Originally the mechanic claimed the car (previously worth $7,500) would cost $4,000-$5,000 to repair, and the general consensus seemed to be that it was not worth it to repair a car with a bent frame. I was also distressed to discover what a wrecked Subaru was worth in Kansas. The salvage shops were only offering around $500 for a vehicle that had many new parts on it from its 100,000-mile service. In Utah it would have been worth a few thousand dollars, but Subarus aren’t very popular in the Midwest. I was considering shipping the car to Utah to get a better deal or parting it out myself. In the meantime, Sage went back to the mechanic to take a look at the car with him and started to get suspicious. The parts did not seem to be as badly bent as the mechanic claimed. The mechanic also offered $900 for the car, which was dubious in an area that obviously had no need for spare Subaru parts. We suspected he meant to fix the car and sell it at a profit, so we decided to get a second opinion.
Thank goodness I received a AAA membership for Christmas! The car was towed from Anthony, KS down to Waynoka, OK, to a friend of Sage’s family who is a genius with cars. After checking out the car he said the frame was NOT bent, and the car was definitely within his ability to fix. So now the car is being repaired at a highly discounted rate for labor in exchange for banjo/guitar lessons and jam sessions for his son. He estimates with parts and labor the car will be fixed for just under $2,000!
With Sage’s help I have purchased most of the required parts, both new and used. The used parts are coming from cars with fewer miles than mine that were undamaged in the front. Due to the lack of Subarus in the area, finding the parts locally was quite a time consuming ordeal. In fact, not a single salvage shop in Kansas had any of the parts I needed. Oklahoma was also rather discouraging at first; however, I finally found one shop in Oklahoma that not only had most of the parts I needed, but they were still assembled! The rest I got online. So, I have a mechanic, I have the parts, and I got the parts to the mechanic (none of which were easy tasks for a girl with no transportation in an area with poor phone service). It has been a slow process, but that is the tradeoff for discounted repairs.
While here in Kansas I have been working very hard playing with We Dream Dawn, and helping to build a greenhouse on the farm. I have written a total of 7 fiddle tunes, including the promised fiddle tune commemorating my misadventures during winter storm Goliath. It is currently in the arranging phase, and I hope to commandeer some of the recording equipment to get it recorded soon. I call it “Icy Road to Waldron,” and it does indeed have a happy ending.
It’s not always easy to remain positive or believe in your dreams, especially when faced with what seems like insurmountable challenges. With the money raised through this crowdfunding campaign I gained the confidence I needed to keep trying, and am able to get the car repaired without cutting off my adventure. I am eternally grateful for your financial and emotional support. Thank you again for your generous gift, and the hope and strength you have given me.
On December 27, our good friend Amanda B. Grapes ran into some misfortune on the road back from Salt Lake City to Kansas. Only 10 miles from her destination, a gust of intense winter storm wind blew her Subaru Forester sideways across a completely frozen gravel road and into a spin. She even had the foresight to purchase Michelin X-ice snow tires before she made the trek, but this wasn’t enough. She slid into a ditch, and the front end of her car slammed into a drainpipe, bending the frame. Amanda and her traveling companion/dog, Pocket managed to walk away from the accident, but the Subaru was not so lucky.
Amanda saved enough money to take a leave of absence from her day-job, to pursue her musical dreams on a farm in Kansas. Buying a new vehicle was not in this equation. Due to the financial burden of purchasing a replacement vehicle that can safely make the frozen, windy journey between Salt Lake City and Kansas, Amanda’s musical farm adventure looks like it will be brought to an untimely end. None of us want that to happen! You can help Amanda continue to follow her dreams!
The estimated value of the Subaru was $7,500. Due to previously living in Atlanta (if you’ve lived there, you know it’s the fender-bender capital of the world), she had liability only insurance. It would take at least 3/4 of what the car is worth to get it running again, but with a bent frame it would never be sound again.
You can help Amanda get that $7,500 back so she can continue on her musical adventure! Any amount you give takes her one step closer to fiddling fame, which we all know is her destiny.
As a thank you, Amanda will write a fiddling tune to commemorate her misadventures during winter storm Goliath. As a contributor to her cause, you'll receive this exclusive Amanda B. Grapes original in digital format as a token of gratitude. Let’s help make the ending of her song a happy one!
Who knows? This song may just be worth more than your donation some day…