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Old 10-20-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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You know what really grinds my gears?

Last night I get a call from someone asking about my car (for sale in the classifieds, makes a swell gift! ). He asks whether it's been branded, how it is on gas, etc. He asks some questions more than once, and I carefully explained myself each time. my patience at this point is slightly tested. Then the guy says to me, "well, I can afford the car, but I can't afford to do any extra work on it."

I responded by stating that my price was fair, in my estimation, and that I had a little room to move, but not much. He reiterates that he doesn't want to do any work on the car. "No offense," I respond, "but then why are you calling about a car where problems are spelled out in the ad, and it's listed as an as-is sale?" Perhaps I could have been nicer about it, but this had all the earmarks of a lowball offer waiting to happen.

I've had lowballers offer me less than half price as well. Is this some kind of bizarre fetish where people get off on annoying people selling used cars by wasting their time with offers that have no hope of getting accepted? Sometimes it's all I can do to keep my composure and respond politely with "I am sorry, but I am not willing to lower my price by 60 percent. Thanks for your interest."

Gah.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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selling a used car, especially an older one is always trying.

When i had my 92 325i for sale, I had someone call me, spend 15 min on the phone asking me questions like "what's an MP3 CD player?" and "do your back seats recline" and "is it a V6" only to then tell me that "You don't sound like you know what you're talking about and I would like to talk to your father" (even though, I was the owner of the car, and was 20yrs old at the time!!!). grrr....
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:23 PM   #3
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That's exactly why I traded mine in. I didn't want to sit on it, answer stupid questions, take out some moron for a drive only to have them drive the crap out of the car...

Admittedly, I got lucky with my 325is, it sold to the first guy who drove it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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I have actually had dealers tell me "You'll do way better selling it, because you won't get much from us for it" or just a flat "We're not interested in taking this in trade."

Hard to trade when facing those circumstances.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #5
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I don't plan on selling my first born child.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:53 PM   #6
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Funny thing is if you sometimes agree with the lowball offer, they don't reply back!!!
Waste of time, nothing else...70% of people are like that
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:45 AM   #7
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Also: what car are you selling?
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Funny thing is if you sometimes agree with the lowball offer, they don't reply back!!!
Waste of time, nothing else...70% of people are like that
YUP!

Once someone called me and said was interested in my car for $4000 (was selling for $5200) and had cash, today. I said perfect - I'll meet you at my place (i was at a friends, 30 min away). I drive back home, just to wait an hour for a no-show. I call him back (only because I had caller ID), and he said "oh sorry, I bought another car"
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I have actually had dealers tell me "You'll do way better selling it, because you won't get much from us for it" or just a flat "We're not interested in taking this in trade."

Hard to trade when facing those circumstances.
Wow. That's terrible...
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:16 PM   #10
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Is this some kind of bizarre fetish where people get off on annoying people selling used cars by wasting their time with offers that have no hope of getting accepted?

Gah.
maybe not so much of a fetish as it is societal mental illness being way more than it should be or was..

I swear man next car i ever sell i'm parking at someone elses place, so many weirdass random mofo's out there..
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