Most people can’t afford their dream cars until much later in life, after they’ve started saving and established their careers. But for Jared Schmidt, he got his dream car when he was in high school. Schmidt had a white 1965 Ford Mustang, and just like any teenager would, Schmidt loved that car.
Schmidt cared about the car so much that he dedicated one entire summer to sanding it down, just so he could repaint it.
“It was kind of one of those vehicles that catches people’s eyes,” he boasted to ABC Arizona.
And indeed, during Schmidt’s junior year of high school, his car caught someone else’s eye. One morning during his junior year, Schmidt’s pride and joy was no longer parked in front of his home.
“Went outside and in between the time that my day leaves for work at 4 in the morning to when I get up for school at 6:30 and gone.”
Schmidt filed a police report, but was never reunited with his dream car. He eventually concluded that he would never have that car in his driveway again—until now.
There is a saying if you love something, let it go. If it return’s it’s yours.
Four years after the car had been reported stolen, a trooper found it abandoned. Schmidt, who had also become a state trooper, was thrilled that his dream car had been located by a colleague.
Schmidt explained that the car had been deserted for almost two years. It was in bad shape and needed a lot of work, but he was excited to get it back. He was able to store it with family as he slowly restored it back to its original condition.
Finally, 13 years after it was stolen, he was recently able to drive his car back home and park it in his driveway.
Being a state trooper, Schmidt is used to being the one returning things back to people.
“Where something is so valuable to somebody, and you can give that back to them, that’s kind of cool.”
But this time, he was the person receiving something back that was valuable to him—and was a great feeling.