A Mostly British Obsession

Selling Your Car: “Ugh”

I’m trying to sell the XJR and the MGB GT, both via free internet ads. This has worked well for me in the past (on occasion) but this go-round I’m getting all of the bums. My short list of peeves about the process:

  1. People expect perfection even when the price suggests it’s far from perfect. I think it’s OK to hope for something that’s better than what it might be, but it seems like many buyers contact you about your $2000 MGB with the same expectations that would be reasonable for an $8000 car. There is usually a reason that a car is priced a certain way, and your wishful thinking isn’t going to change that.
  2. Online “buyers” are discourteous. I would say 19 out of 20 people never reply to my follow-up emails. A quick “thanks, that’s not the car I’m looking for” would really be nice.
  3. Ridiculous offers are made without even seeing the car. If you place an ad for $5000, I guarantee you’ll get a couple of notes that say “will u take $1500 for it.” Maybe it doesn’t hurt to ask, but it just wastes everyone’s time.

It’s the folks that don’t reply to my reply to their initial query that really have me going at the moment. I realize that many of you are the senior assistant to the vice-president of the fourth largest plumbing supply company in the tri-county area and are hence extremely important, but all if takes is a minute to say “thanks for the info, but that’s not the car I’m looking for.”

1 Comment

  1. Allie

    They are probably all too busy trying to cook things at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in their Aga stoves to reply back. ;-)

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