Thanks for the year. ('46) Apparently that had a decent run, '39-'47. Neighbor had his outside, non-op condition as I was growing up.If I understand your question, yes. Dave's '46 was an amazing truck and a true piece of Americana.
Some rich guy in the wine country bought it for his wife to pick up flowers for her garden, and to drive in some yearly parade.
Dave's truck ran all the time; it was in service all the time. It has driven up and down the west coast many times. Drive it anywhere.Thanks for the year. ('46) Apparently that had a decent run, '39-'47. Neighbor had his outside, non-op condition as I was growing up.
Always liked the lines on those. His was stove black & weathered & patinaed as could be. Never moved.
He passed on & his daughter keeps it as yard art/totem of some kind. 42 years after Otto left & still not a runner.
There's a restored example with images at drautogallery of detroit. Yep, dimpled running boards & all.
Am I alone in thinking that humans have gotten to be almost too stupid to exist? ...
it's all relative!Dealing with people really sucks most of the time b/c the average person is just too stupid to breath the same air as me, it seems. There should be a stupid penalty, where I get to kick them in the groin.
I suspect you have different metrics compared to the OP. I don't recall you ranting about poorly crafted ads. Maybe some rants about scammers on Craigslist, but not poorly crafted ads.I've honestly had good luck doing exactly this. I've wasted my time but I've had 80%+ success.
When two people are discussing the condition of a clunker, one person knows more than the other. I want to be that person. I want the car with the completely dark gauge cluster in need of a 20 cent capacitor which any yahoo can google diagnose ahead of the showing. I want the minivan with a malfunctioning door that needs brakes and tires that some overly emotional person "just gave up on." If the ATF isn't burnt and they have jiffy lube receipts it's worth the risk at my lowball pricing.
And to keep myself sharp, I lowball with the expectation of losing out on some deals, so I'm always on the ragged edge. There'll be another opportunity tomorrow.
As for selling, it's worth while to play dumb. Would you claim your car was "mechanic owned?" Would that set any red flags? Most buyers want to hear the car was maintained, "Loyal", but never made any "surprise" trips to the mechanic. Only if everybody knew there was some bullet proofing, like head gaskets and timing belts on a subaru, would it be worth mentioning that stuff had been done in the ad. You can save the receipts and show them if prompted, but don't volunteer the info-- you'll scare people away.
Not necessarily. Checked out a '15 Corvette last year. Carfax showed 4 owners. I can imagine if some people bought this as their first Corvette they may dump it after a few months.If the car has traded hands many times, then it’s certain to have been neglected, and one naturally wonders why people kept getting rid of it. Bad car? Lemon? Hidden accident? Slipping transmission? What, exactly caused people to dump this thing?
Now you're just trying to dig in for when you got called out.Possibly. But consider that any reasonably nice vehicle, with multiple owners, has probably had more maintenance done, not less.
Say, a nagging issue a seller knows he'll need to address that he would be fine to ignore, but to sell it it would need to be fixed for whatever reason (e.g. broken window switch, or new tires, etc.) that will make it easier to sell.
What do new car owners tend to do when getting a reasonably nice car? Excited, with a pride of ownership and investment, they probably get caught up on routine maintenance, get it washed and waxed, etc. Let's say a $20,000, ten year old car. It's probably been treated better by 2 separate owners, than 1 owner since I assume the 1 owner probably got "tired of it" around year 7 or so. Whereas it was still "fresh" for the first 5 years for both the two owners where it traded hands twice at the 5 year mark. There might even be advantageous "overlapping" maintenance, such as too frequent transmission fluid changes. The new owner does it out of a precaution, but it's already been done.
That plays a part, but the main cause is actually the 1965 Immigration Act.Sadly we are living right now "The Fall of The American Empire" in real time. No country on earth can survive in a totally "push button world or society which America has become due to our country moving 99% of our manufacturing jobs over seas.
Better yet, just tell the seller that you have "cash in hand" (if in fact you actually DO have the cash in hand). That will covay to the seller that you are ready and able to buy immediately.If a buyer says they have cash AND says a price they will pay, I'm all for it. Even if the price they say is low, at least we both quickly know where we stand on the deal. Had someone recently reply to a tool listing of mine at $150. "$100 cash." I'm not going to sell it for $100, so at least neither of us wasted much time. I didn't send him a reply, though I probably would have if he had put any conversational words at all in his reply instead of merely "$100 cash."
The funny part is his saying that on a $100 item doesn't actually mean anything because of course such private-party listings are cash only and nobody is going to take a credit card or check.
I think a buyer saying "I'm paying cash, of course," with the of course on the end, (or similar, such as "I'm paying cash, so I won't be wasting your time with a check or having to go to a bank") makes a good impression. It gives a little more information into what they're thinking, or just softens it, and they come across more as a regular but straight-up person who does have money yet isn't a gruff lowballer.
That plays a part, but the main cause is actually the 1965 Immigration Act.
Plenty of people will think a seller is either a moron or shady for wanting/expecting people to travel there and meet them in person one at a time to find out information that could have easily been already typed up for all buyers to see. And thinking why bother dealing with the seller when the seller can't even be bothered to type a bit more.My stand is, if your interested in what I'm selling ,you'll make an appointment to see it in person. You know the person is not a serious buyer, when the say how much they will give you sight unseen. I'm not going to fill out a cradle to grave report about everything that was done to a car worth less then $5000. If you want it don't be a moron, and come see it for yourself.,,,,
You consider it rude to start negotiating via messenger but not rude to profile sellers you can manipulate and then in person "find something they didn't know about" so they will "go along with it" when you go for "the kill." lol ok.I buy from clueless sellers, but only certain kinds. Facebook marketplace is great because I can "profile" sellers before I even contact them. I want someone inexperienced, with only one item for sale, who's been on facebook for a while, and who looks like they throw money around.
I consider it rude to start negotiating via messenger-- I wait until I'm in person for "the kill." It usually surprises people and they're more likely to go along with it. Generally I agree with the seller about the condition they mention in the ad, but bring up something I find that "they didn't know about."
That fellow really needs to read and partake here, I hope he found enlightenment.97.2% of car sellers and buyers have no idea how an internal combustion engine works. Asking questions is a waste of time in my experience. If it looks decent ask if you can test drive it, go from there.
Heck even "professional" dealerships quite often have half of the info listed wrong. Cannot count how many times i have seen a stick shift in the pictures and it is listed as having an auto trans or vice versa.
The only time Ive ever dealt with an informed buyer was when i sold our chrysler minivan to a dodge mechanic. When we were on the test drive he said wow it shifts perfect, i explained that i did regular pan drops and filter changes. He asked what kind of fluid i used and i said atf+4 and he said how much will you take for it. He didnt care about 2 very minor rust spots or that 1 power window didnt work. He actually understood that the vehicle had been well maintained and the major components all worked as they should. Contrast that with the first car I ever sold...guy tried to tell me it needed a new engine. Asked him why he thought that, he said because the oil is black.
I'd think just the opposite, as in "I have the cash and am not a tire kicker or going to offer you some nonsense trade or need to get financing, or trying out a scam like a check mailed to you, etc."