By Cathie Anderson, Sacramento Bee Featured Columnist
Sacramento’s Paratransit Inc. moved into the car sales business without a hitch earlier this year, hiring industry veteran Richard Rosebush to find affordable vehicles for the disabled.
The challenge for Rosebush hasn’t been finding the right cars or finding buyers with good credit. Rather, Rosebush has struggled with getting traditional banks and credit unions to understand the value of a used, modified vehicle.
“I have a 2000 Windstar with 80,000 miles on it,” he said. “Kelly Blue Book says it’s a $5,000 vehicle. In reality, it’s a $15,000 vehicle.”