OK, we've most of us done it - looked at a car and tried to get a good deal.....but:
We (my sister and I) are selling a car on behalf of an old lady who is giving up driving because of her eyesight. Car is a 2004 Vauxhall Meriva (with a private but not special plate -T2 ???), Automatic, 34K miles, one-owner from new, 6 months MOT. Generally good condition as you'd expect, a few paintwork scuffs on bumper and rear arches - I said her eyesight was poor
- which I carefully photographed for the Autotrader advert. Advertised for £995, versus the autotrader estimate of £1125, and a Webuyanycar offwr of £685.
Plenty of response - but my word - what idiots, for the most part!
"What's the least you'll take?" - I'll discuss that when you've seen the car, but don't expect it to be a lot cheaper" - "I have £750" - Goodbye.
"Oh, the parcel-shelf is missing - I'll give you £650" (Parcel-shelf sourced for £30.)
"Can you deliver it to me, I'll definitely buy it....." Yeah - right.
"Has it got a full service history" - Advert says so. "Is it all dealer stamps" - No, as advert says, mostly local garage - car is 12 years old and done 34K miles - how much servicing does it need? "Well its very important to me - it definitely needs the filters changing every year" - Its done less than 1000 miles in the last 3 years, its a 12 year old car at under £1K!
"Is there a warranty?" - It's a private sale of a car for less than £1K - so that'll be a "no".
And on and on........After 10 years out of the (direct) car trade I'd forgotten the idiocy of the average punter. All trained to ring up asking about "the car" - we're not trade, we've only got one, and to demand service history, as if it means anything, and of course to offer silly money.........
Thankfully it sold this morning for folding money (£900). I've never been so glad to remove an advert.......