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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flynbrian48, Oct 16, 2019.
If that's the case then let me talk to the organ grinder not the monkey.
Had a OT wagon for sale on Craiglist asking $2800.00. Guy comes over to look at on a HOT HOT Sunday (me in no mood to deal with a fool). And proceeds to pick the car apart. Finally after hearing to much of this BS. I lock the car up advise said fool that I am done and going back in my house to finish my Mojito. Ten minutes later said fool calls me back tells me he had a blowout and asks if I have a spare he could use. My answer yes I do have one for $2800.00 with said OT wagon attached to it!! Also advised if he did not want my "tire" he better walk fast (in 105 deg. heat) to the nearest tire store because it is 3 miles away and closes in 15min. Said fool then hung up on me.
My story is not about buyers, but sellers. Spotted an ad in a local paper, for sale Chev 265 engine. Needed an engine and since I drive like a little old lady, thought a 265 would do nicely. Called the guy and did not try to bargain on the price and could I come and see it? Was told he couldn't get to it at the moment but to call back later. Weeks went by with tales of now he couldn't get to it. Finally after a real long time, said he didn't want to sell . Was willing to pay his price . Was he expecting me to grind him down on his price or what?
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Maybe he was "testing the water".
My buddy who owns a good repair shop buys cars from customers that need major work, like a OT VW that had a timing belt break. He puts $1500 and his free labor into it and his daughter drives it for 2 years, the car runs well. She gets a new car and he is going to sell the VW for $3000. A real nice car for someone with no problems, good brakes, tires and will pass inspection. I backed him up for a few buys. No shows for the most part, some show up hours later and we were long gone. Then they try to offer HALF of what he was asking. He finally sold it to a customer for a little less than the $3000.
I set up at a big southern swap meet and had five 35 Ford wheels that were very nice for $50.00 each. I had a bunch of lookers try to know them down on Friday. Saturday morning I put a sign on the stack that read”$50.00 each or best over over $300.00”. (5 wheels, do the math). I had a engineer looking guy with two young kids hit on them early. He measured and inspected each one. He even checked them with a magnet. He left and came back several times but never ask about price. Finally in the afternoon, he came back and said “I will pay $300.00 but no more”. H e said he was building a rat rod. I took his money and he loaded them up on his nifty cart. The older kid started yanking on his sleeve and the man just pushed him away and said later. I think he thought I would back out of the deal. They got down the isle and the guy stopped and let the kid talk. The kid held up five fingers and then one from the other hand, like do the math. The guy looked back at me and then just left.
I usually raise my prices on Saturday.
For some reason people loose all sense of decency when buying and selling. Many feel they need to “beat” the other guy at any cost including lying.
I had a seller tell me 351 and 302 intakes are interchangeable.
I had a car salesman tell me they would have to take $2000 off my trade because two of the tires were a little worn.
The worst for me is the people who fake interest in something you’re selling.
I really don’t care if you just want to talk to me and socialize, but don’t pretend to be interested in buying.
My dad does this,
Last year at a swap meet, a car almost identical to the car dad drove to college was for sale, even the same colours. It was a good driver quality car, mostly original. I could tell it had never been in a serious accident and probably had never had the engine out. It had a a few oil leaks and the carpet was faded but it was a good car and the price was fair.
We talked to the owner and I got the feeling he had some room to negotiate on the already fair price. My dad acted extremely interested, took the sellers contact information and said he’d bring my mom to look at it next weekend, the seller lived about 2 hours from my parents home.
The only complaint my dad had in front of the seller was the aftermarket wheels, but the seller had the original wheels and caps and they were included with the car.
On the way home I suggested to dad that I drive him and Mom to go see the car and I would bring my trailer, then if they bought it they could drive it home and I’d follow incase anything went wrong in the old car.
Dad laughed and said he had no interest in the car and that it was a pos.
I was kind of disgusted by that performance.
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I had a call from a punter who proceeded to tell me what sort of motor he was going to put in, how big the rear tyres were going to be, what type of transmission he was going to install...…...before he had even seen the car. It didn't surprise me when he didn't turn up to look at it. Actually, it's a friggin shock when someone says they will be there at 2pm, and ...they actually turn up at 2pm. Most times, these are the people that end up buying the car.
For those keeping track I sold my off topic 4x4. A guy called me Sunday, while we were out cruising in the coupe. I called him when I got home. He told me he wanted to look at the truck, probably in the morning. He actually showed up at the time he said he would be there. He said his nephew was interested. We talked, but he didn't even want to hear it run. Around 4pm, he called me back and wanted to know if he could stop by a few minutes after 9 pm and pay me for the truck. Um, sure! A little after 9pm, there he was, money in hand. We traded paper (title & cash) and I handed him the keys. He told me he would be by this afternoon to get the truck. The 1st time he heard it run was after he put his brand new battery in it and turned the key. He left and stopped by with his nephew a few minutes later, and drove the truck away.
Don't give up, there really are people that are true to their words and don't believe in all the BS most think comes with buying a car. Gene
Selling an O/T Bronco years ago. I had $4750 or best in the ad. A guy calls and gives me some real fatherly advice that whomever told me what it was worth was on crack. "You'll never get more than $3500 for it, but I'll give you $3600 just to help you out." 'Are you sure? I really thought I had the right price but now I don't know.' "Yeah, I'm sure. I can be there in an hour." 'Ok, hold the line and I'll get a pencil and paper to give you directions.' "Ok, I'll hold" so I put him on hold. I wonder if he's still waiting? And I didn't get my $4750, I took $4600 from a very happy buyer. It was a nice truck.
Had 2 literally new OT bikes last year, on with 1080 miles on it, the other with 1204 miles. Milestone bikes, as new as day 1. Sold em as-is for $4800 for the pair, or if I had woken them from their 35 year slumber the price would be that much each. Had a guy get super rude with me, called me an asshole, where did I get off asking so much, blah-blah-blah. "Who the fuck are you shit dick? What are you, 12? Gimme directions and I'll bring the bikes over and shove em up your ass." I hung up and blocked his ph number.
Selling this 47 Cadillac as seen in the classifieds. Clearly says it's a desirable stick shift. I've had about 10 prospects ask me if it's an automatic. Not from here, but from Hemmings and another forum board. Reading is FUNdamental...
here's an idiot seller. looking at a 1970's OT driver. not much in the listing, so I ask him what transmission it had, since they have auto, 4 speed and 4 speed overdrive available. he says I don't know. so I rephrase the question, well is it an automatic or a stick shift? .. his reply "I don't think I want to sell the car to you"
my favorite was a 70's Ford pickup a friend gave me that he bought just for the motor and trans. put it on Craigs list for $100.00. guy calls and asks why it does not run, told him no motor, then he asks about the paperwork and I tell him I have a pink slip but it is out of date. then he gets all angry at me for trying to sell a car with no motor that he will not be able to register. dude was pissed off like I had done something to him.
my next not running car I just sold to the junk yard.
Posted a 3 window Plymouth a while back.....fire saled it because previous seller screwed me big time..made me wait 6 mos for the title.. got a call from an enthusiastic fellow...didn't think much of it...you get a lot of interest on stuff...he calls suddenly , wants to meet me next day...he showed up , paid cash , didn't even bother looking the car over....and was happy as a pig in slop...and I parlayed that money and doubled my money..things work out
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