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Folks Of Interest I want your opinion but I have already decided

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 01spirit750, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. 01spirit750
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 86

    from Ohio

    How many times have you been asked to evaluate a potential car purchase for a non mechanical friend/relative/complete stranger and advise them if they should buy it, only to have them ignore the issues and buy it anyway.

    I have had this happen numerious times and when I provide my input they ignore my comments and buy it. One relative did this with a stick shift car with 100k miles (they didn't know how to drive a stick). The previous owners could not recall doing any maintenance (oil, brakes or clutch).

    My relative bought the car and the motor blew up 3 weeks later.

    I soon realize that when they start trying to justify the purcahse inlight of all the issues, I just wish them the best of luck and tell them I wouldn't buy that car.
  2. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    That is always a no win situation. If you recommend it they will hold it over your head forever when any little thing goes wrong. If you give it a thumbs down and they buy it you will hear forever how great of a car it really is. It is like recommending a restaurant to someone. You may love it but 99% of the time they will hate it and think you have the taste buds of a Yak. :eek:

  3. 01spirit750
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 86

    from Ohio

    So True.
    And if anthing goes wrong they ask you to come "take a look at it and tell me whats wrong"

    Years ago my future father inlaw asked me to get a new carb for his mid 80's F100. The carb came in and I was out of town. He didn't want to wait so he tried to install it himself. He forgot to tight the fuel inlet line and the truck caught on fire from the gas spraying everywhere. My GF called me crying, it took me a few minutes to understand what had happened.
  4. Flathead Johnny
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 744

    Flathead Johnny
    from MA

    been unless its family or a super close friend i just say its better to take it to a mechanic

  5. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,418


    last time i gave an honest opinion , i was told i didnt know what i was talking about , now i say go to a mechanic i dont know anything
  6. Marcosmadness
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 369

    from California

    The basic problem is, of course, that buying a car is largely an emotional decision for most people so trying to apply logic or experience or mechanical knowledge is useless.
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,308


    I tell everyone who asks me to go buy a hondacar. They quit asking after a while.

  8. I almost never evaluate a vehicle for anyone be it friend relative or stranger. Somehow no matter what i have said it has always been my fault when it didn't work out.

    Best to let whomever it is dig their own grave.
  9. I will give my opinion and then add that they had better take it to a mechanic with the good test equipment. The exception is when it is so bad that it would be a waste of money to have it tested and I will tell them that.

    Charlie Stephens
  10. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I never recommend anything....or suggest anything...or evaluate anything for someone else - friend, enemy, lover or stranger. No matter what ("funniest movie you'll ever see" - they thought it stunk) "car looks decent from 20ft..." - tranny fell out the following week. Just isn't worth it - no matter what happens, you're the mule. I liked squirrel's answer - no matter what they ask, send them to the Honda dealer. Even if they're asking about a decent steak house...."I don't eat food, go see the Honda dealer"....any good places to dance? "Honda dealership". Where can I find some hot chicks? you got it...Honda dealership.

  11. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    That's the worst. You check it out and it seems like a good little car then you get 100 phone calls about how it's making this noise or that noise or "you said it was a good car" AAARRRGGGG!!!!!
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,253


    Buy it & give me a finders fee.
  13. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    from Midway NC

    How come it is that when you mess with cars, not work on them, people want your opion on why their car is doing this or that. Then want you to look at a potential car like you know what you are looking at. Then when you decide to go look at the car you realize its alot more rust than what they should be paying for and they get mad at you for being honest both sides of the card....
  14. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I quit doing this a long time ago

    Im usually busy, and cant make it
  15. breeder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
    Posts: 10,949

    Member Emeritus

    i say, hell ya, that car is badass! then when it falls apart, i buy it! :p kidding... i just tell them if you want it get it, if you dont then someone else will.....
  16. scottybaccus
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,109


    I'm the tech advisor in my family. I get those calls all the time. "What do you think of this...? That...? The other..?"

    Several years back, my brother (artistic as hell, not mechanical at all) calls me up and says "Hey, I bought a Vette!", Me: "uh oh... I mean Hey That's great!"

    It went badly. He now has maybe $35k in a $12k '73 Stingray that he should have paid about $6k for... So I asked him one time, YEARS after he had swallowed his mistake, why he didn't let me look at it first. He was really honest, "I didn't want you to talk me out of it. It's my dream car."

    Maybe he'll finish sorting it out someday....
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011

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