Shopping at a used car dealers makes me want to barf. But not every private seller is a pleasure either. If you are patient and wise, then purchase from someone in your car club. It will be worth the wait. Sadly, I've never been able to wait very long for anything, ever. So I'm stuck with all the irritations described below.
The less time or money it takes for someone to post online the more annoying a purchase will be. When it's really easy to post an add you’re going to get all sorts of lame sellers. Heck, you can post an add on Craigslist from your phone! For free! So brace yourself for some real ass-hats. The more excited you get finding a car online, the more odd the situation will be. Heck, half of them won't even really be for sale. The "Craigslister" is just getting a "temperature check" on a car’s value. A cruel practice indeed, but more common than I can bare to tell you. Take a Xanax and read on.
Regardless of the source, you’ll run into some of these Guys:
Price Dreamer Guy
This guy is asking for some insane price for his own amusement. He’s not really motivated to sell. He’s just motivated to make obscene money if he gets lucky. He thinks free web posting is like Lotto. He pics a number that is crazy and lists it, “what the heck it’s only the internet”. The next legitimate seller comes along and sees what Price Dreamer Guy is asking, so he asks for an obscene price too. Two dreamers do not make a market price. Actual sales do that. I know, it’s crazy.
|2004 C4S Tiptronic shouldn't be priced like a 6 speed '98 Carrera 4S. |
I'm not telling what they were asking, but it was way high.
Not every Carrera is an investment car. RMS, IMS and ugly headlights, yuk.
No Photo Guy
You think you’re onto a barn find here don’t you. Well a car with hockey sticks stacked on top of it isn’t always a barn find now is it? Dream on.
When I find a car with no photo I think maybe I’ve found something special. I’ve got a opportunity to buy before people with less imagination get involved. Usually I’m dead wrong and it’s just another BS listing from someone not willing to make any effort. Or better yet, my hasty inquiry gets him thinking others will soon follow in droves. I wait for days on a response. Perhaps the reply will come about 12 hours after I buy something else. Those are fun.
Seriously you have to have a photo. What the heck are you thinking? You can’t find a camera? Bull! If you aren’t ready to wash your can and take a decent photos just burn it for the insurance money and don’t tease me.
Bad photo guy
You’re not as bad as No Photo Guy. Or maybe you are. Bad Photo Guy took a crappy picture with his phone through his kitchen window. Did I mention it was raining when he took the photo? It was. Usually a picture with any level of effort will look good. Real effort will look amazing. I personally often think Bad Photo Guy is a car guy too stupid to take a good photo. I’m usually wrong.
|I would suggest buying from a guy w/a cleaner garage if I were you.|
|This poor picture captures this Porsche quite accurately. Dissapointment in abundance.|
If you pride yourself on your car, you’ll already want to take a good photo. Go to cobracountry.com find the article and learn. It is specific to Cobras, but the premises are sound for any car. People buy cars sight unseen from that website any pay as much as $100,000. The author has something figured out.
This seller had excellent pictures, very compelling. http://www.sportscarguyspeaks.com/2011/01/picture-says-1000-words-but-i-might-say.html
No Contact Info Guy
File Photo Guy.
|I've sometimes been Price Dreamer Guy and frequently Annoyed Guy too.|
Any you wonder why people go to the dealership.