Do you ever tell potential buyers no thanks?

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    Do you ever tell potential buyers no thanks?

    I have been clearing some stuff out lately including a couple project vehicles i just don't have time for. People are all idiots and ask tons of stupid questions and its a huge waste of time. I've gotten to the point where I just tell them the vehicles not for them. I'm trying to be less of an asshole (very difficult) and be polite about it but sometimes people still take it kinda hard. 🤣

    Here's a couple examples.

    Was selling an s10, it was old and in rough shape but ran fine. Had a kid interested and arranged for him to come look at it. He and his dad show up ask some pretty stupid. The dad asks if it will pass inspection and points out that the exhaust pipe doesn't come all the way out (dumps at the axle) and that he can smell exhaust. Well no shit its a tbi chevy not a fuckin prius. So at that point I say hey don't take this the wrong way but I don't think this is the truck for you. Lets not waste any more of each others time. They were very offended 🤣

    Here's the latest from a mostly gutted 78 bronco I'm selling.
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    #2
    I had a father son show up to look at a 77 toyota truck I had listed for $500. It was almost 40 years old at that point, but was actually a decent little truck. They go on a test drive and come back, the dad says something like "you could have told us the brakes don't work!"

    I thought it was odd and I told him they worked fine the last time I drive it, but the age of the truck I wasn't ruling out something happened. He says "ya we went to stop and almost wrecked or some shit" we can do $200 I said no, truck is easily worth $500. It's the only running toyota listed under $1000 on CL.

    They left, I went down the block, slammed on the brakes and locked up the tires. Fuckin douche was trying to get the truck for nothing with a lie. I sold the thing a few days later for full price.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Will12785 View Post
      ...So at that point I say hey don't take this the wrong way but I don't think this is the truck for you. Lets not waste any more of each others time.
      Proper response, time is a premium & worth money.

      Originally posted by Will12785 View Post
      They were very offended
      What happened? Did they cry or throw a 2 yr old temper tantrum Did you give them the Irate salute too-

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        #4
        Originally posted by det107 View Post

        Proper response, time is a premium & worth money.



        What happened? Did they cry or throw a 2 yr old temper tantrum Did you give them the Irate salute too-
        They were huffing and puffing about how I lied in the ad and that the truck was junk and I was a scammer.

        The kid didn't even know how to start the damn thing he hit the key like it was a new car not knowing you had to hold it so it could crank. They yanked the e brake without pressing the brake, and then when he tried to drive it told me the transmission was busted because when he pulled the e brake the brakes stuck a little so he had to give it a little gas to get it to move.

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          #5
          yup, "non running project for sale"

          Well, what's wrong with it? How much work? what parts do i need to buy?

          Fuck man, if i knew all that, i'd fix it myself. I don't want to work on it, buy it or don't

          it seems odd to me because i've never really asked those questions unless they were only partially addressed in the advert. even then, there is no point in trusting what the seller says. "can it load itself onto a trailer?" <- reasonable question. "can i fix it in your driveway?" <- unreasonable question


          Up is difficult, down is dangerous

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            #6
            Funny how people expect a perfect vehicle at near scrap prices. Sure those deals are out there, but you can't be offended when it's got some issues.

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              #7
              I turn away certain customers nowdays. Used to grab anything and everything.

              If they waste your time, you can certainly tell them exactly what you are.

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                #8
                I take the 5 minutes out of my day to write an ad that fully represents the vehicle/item to the best of my knowledge. If people ask dumb questions, I simply block them as I don't have the patience to deal with their stupidity.

                FB is tricky, being an asshole will get you a time out.

                Is this item still available? Or whatever it is in spanish is insta-block.
                Last edited by TRINDU; 06-22-2020, 01:38 PM.

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                  #9
                  my favorite is when they offer about 1/2 of what its worth. i'm like hell, ill buy 2 more at that money.

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                    #10
                    Will, I do this all the time. "This vehicle isn't for you... it's meant for someone willing to put some work into it, ergo the lower price".

                    Or,

                    "This vehicle is turn key, it's older and needs someone familiar with just life in general and a working knowledge of things like that... you may not be ready"

                    Or,

                    "The fawk out of my garage".

                    Etc... etc..

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                      #11
                      I sold a one liter bike to a what I think was a teenager with less than 25 miles of experience and zero riding gear.

                      Price wise, I'm at the point I just want stuff gone. The kid that got my wife's old car before we were married got a decent deal. Kid came with his Dad, they looked it over, the shroud covering the cat was cocked off a little, did have under coating, and a small rust spot on the hatch. I really don't have the time any more to meet up with people, feel them out, dick around for 20m, then go home. Eventually I just say fuggit, and take the money.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by TRINDU View Post
                        I take the 5 minutes out of my day to write an ad that fully represents the vehicle/item to the best of my knowledge. If people ask dumb questions, I simply block them as I don't have the patience to deal with their stupidity.

                        FB is tricky, being an asshole will get you a time out.

                        Is this item still available? Or whatever it is in spanish is insta-block.
                        This also... more often than not, I write a very detailed ad and don't respond to most buyers with dumbass questions.

                        Example. "I have diagnosed an issue with the brakes and they will need new rotors and calipers/ pads to be good".

                        Question from dumb ass "So do the brakes work now?".

                        Response "This isn't something for you, you are not smart and will kill a bus full of nuns".

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                          #13
                          I strongly discouraged a High School Senior from buying my collection of basket case Triumph Spitfires. Great kid who pet sat for us for years fell in love with it in my yard and fantasized about driving it. He wrote me a 3 page letter on how worthy he was and what he was going to name it. It was precious, really.

                          He had no idea what he was getting into. Had no garage at the family home and was on the way to college. If it had been a put a battery in it and kind of project sure but he was looking at a major project that at my age and experience was going to be a challenge. Set a high price and told him he had to take all three parts cars and everything I have for it or no deal. He tried to lowball me for a portion of it but he knew he really needed it all to make a single functioning vehicle (and a bunch of parts to sell on Ebay!). It helped let him down gently and he eventually realize that with him going to college soon he couldn't make it work. Thinking he is driving a very practical Honda now.

                          Still looking for the right buyer though...

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                            #14
                            I've told many people that called up about buying something I had listed when they gave a ridiculous low-ball offer without ever seeing the item. I tell them to fuck off and don't bother contacting me again.
                            Non Lemming

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SanDiegoCJ View Post
                              I've told many people that called up about buying something I had listed when they gave a ridiculous low-ball offer without ever seeing the item. I tell them to fuck off and don't bother contacting me again.
                              Somehow, I sense this is a standard response for anything and everything... Old Curmudgeon.

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                              Last edited by flecker; 06-22-2020, 01:51 PM.

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