Devoted gear-head, Automobile Magazine fixture, and recalcitrant commentator, Jamie Kitman has a great column on Car Talk offering valuable wisdom gleaned from decades of car collecting — he’s currently in possession of 30 vehicles, including a 1968 Travelall 4×4. In the piece he expounds on tips like “don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal” and “buy the best.” It’s a great read.

And you can’t really argue with advice like that. As a friend’s grandfather put it: “Buy the best—you’ll only cry once.”