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It happened again. 

 

"What do you want for it?"  I get this question every now and then.  Do you? 

 

Not sure why, but unsolicited offers to purchase my antique car really annoy the hell out of me. 

 

Might be left over from my old Cadillac days.  I had such nice old Cadillacs, people would literally chase me down the street to ask me to sell them my car. 

 

Those were the serious ones; I would bet 99% of the offers are not.

 

I am getting better.  Other questions that I cannot stand:  "What did you pay for it?" or "Are you going to put a 350 in there?" 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Pomeroy41144 said:

 

 

It happened again. 

 

"What do you want for it?"  I get this question every now and then.  Do you? 

 

Not sure why, but unsolicited offers to purchase my antique car really annoy the hell out of me. 

 

Might be left over from my old Cadillac days.  I had such nice old Cadillacs, people would literally chase me down the street to ask me to sell them my car. 

 

I am getting better.  Other questions that I cannot stand:  "What did you pay for it?" or "Are you going to put a 350 in there?" 

 

 

 

I don't know why this annoys you either.  I get this occasionally.  My response is that I have waaaay more money into this car than they likely want to pay. Frankly, if someone wants to double my money, I won't be able to hand over the keys fast enough.

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I always find everyone wants to buy your car until you put a sign on it!

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After I tell them a price they are speechless. Maybe they thought it was just an old used car.

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37 minutes ago, joe_padavano said:

 

I don't know why this annoys you either. 

 

I guess it just seems phony and not genuine.  Just a way to make small talk. 

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2 minutes ago, Pomeroy41144 said:

 

I guess it just seems phony and not genuine.  Just a way to make small talk. 

 

Life's too short to let stuff like this bother you.  I think most of these people are looking for a miraculous bargain that they can flip for a million bucks like they see on all the (un)reality TV shows. Of course, nothing ventured, nothing gained. :D

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Yeah, you are right.  I said I was getting better, and I am.  Believe me, I go out of my way to be nice. 

 

My brother is down right rude sometimes:  "Do you see a for sale sign on this car?" 

 

 

 

 

7 minutes ago, joe_padavano said:

 

Life's too short to let stuff like this bother you.  I think most of these people are looking for a miraculous bargain that they can flip for a million bucks like they see on all the (un)reality TV shows. Of course, nothing ventured, nothing gained. :D

 

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I am 74 & I show a 85 year old car. 

I must look really old as I get the question "Did You buy it new?"

At first I would say no then I would say "Think about it" and now I just smile and reply "Yes".

Some people realize my condescending answer to a stock question.

 

Yes, I get pushy people who want to know it's worth by asking what I want for it..

My answer is a value of 5 to 10 thousand above the price. 

Then I just ignore further inquires.

 

The question of "How do you value an older car?" gets the following answer.

The price is close when the seller thinks they are giving it away and the buyer believes the seller is giving them the shaft.

Most people smile and reply good answer.

 

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I do very few cruise shows and I remember a fellow at one show extremely aggravating to me wanting to know the value of my car. He finally left in a real huff. I would rate him a 10 for arrogance insisting for a value for no reason.

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I never get angry when anyone asks me what my cars are worth or what would I take for them. I simply tell them what I think they are worth at the time they ask and tell them they are not for sale. Why get mad over something as silly as a question? If I tell them what the current value I think is appropriate, they look stunned. If I tell them they are not for sale, they usually understand and either walk away or add to the conversation. No harm, no foul. Nothing wrong with curiosity.

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1 hour ago, huptoy said:

Yes, I get pushy people who want to know it's worth by asking what I want for it..

My answer is a value of 5 to 10 thousand above the price. 

 

 

$5000 more than it's worth....... :D

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1 hour ago, keiser31 said:

I never get angry when anyone asks me what my cars are worth or what would I take for them. I simply tell them what I think they are worth at the time they ask and tell them they are not for sale. Why get mad over something as silly as a question? If I tell them what the current value I think is appropriate, they look stunned. If I tell them they are not for sale, they usually understand and either walk away or add to the conversation. No harm, no foul. Nothing wrong with curiosity.

I had a guy that was adamant to know the selling value. Hung around for 10 min. repeatedly asking and getting angry I would not tell him. It takes all kinds and he was not a car guy.

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There was one time when a guy and his wife followed me home to talk about my 1967 Dodge A100 truck. The guy wanted it to haul his newly ordered Harley around. I told him it was not for sale. We started talking about old cars and I mentioned the 1929 Chrysler roadster I had in the garage. He HAD to see it and then HAD to have it. I told him that I was selling it to my buddy in Michigan who wanted it. I told him I would ask my buddy if he still wanted it and I would call him and let him know. The guy calls me the next day after I talked to my buddy who said, "Yes", he still wanted it. He said, "I'll be right over with my trailer and get it."  I said, "No....my friend still wants it". The guy gets all whipped out of shape and yells in the phone that he cancelled his order for the Harley and wants the Chrysler. I said that he had made a huge mistake and that I had checked with my friend who still very much wanted the Chrysler. All of a sudden, I was the bad guy and he had to get back on the waiting list for another Harley. He offered me three times the price I was going to sell the car to my buddy for. A promise is a promise and I sold the car to my buddy in Michigan. Some people cannot take no for an answer.

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15 hours ago, Pomeroy41144 said:

 

 

It happened again. 

 

"What do you want for it?"  I get this question every now and then.  Do you? 

 

Not sure why, but unsolicited offers to purchase my antique car really annoy the hell out of me. 

 

Might be left over from my old Cadillac days.  I had such nice old Cadillacs, people would literally chase me down the street to ask me to sell them my car. 

 

Those were the serious ones; I would bet 99% of the offers are not.

 

I am getting better.  Other questions that I cannot stand:  "What did you pay for it?" or "Are you going to put a 350 in there?" 

 

 

It may be that some of those people are just trying to start a conversation because they like your car. I'm sure you can probably tell the difference between the know it alls & just regular folks. Maybe if you're decent with the ones that seem genuine, they won't think of you as the arrogant owner. Besides, isn't a value question better than someone pointing out all the flaws, imagined or real of your car? Or worse yet, having them whisper/mumble to their buddy that it's a POS?

For the record, I've been on both sides of cruises & car shows as owner & spectator, & there's jerks on both sides. So we have to ask ourselves: Do I want to be decent when a question is asked, or a jerk? Being decent while putting someone in their place shows your class rather than your rudeness & stupidity.

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my answer is always the same- a wry smile and then I ignore their question.................... seems to work pretty well!

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In a reverse of your situation I was at a car show with my all original '51 Nash Canadian Statesman and sitting back with my wife, watch a guy really going over the car. Finally approaches us and he starts with small talk and eventually asks what my plans are for the car? I offhandedly said, with the fleet I have not sure I can afford to have it restored so enjoying it the way it is.

He replied by saying "not" to restore it that it is worth more the way it is. 

Not sure at first where this was going (maybe a new approach to ask if for sale?) The fellow stated he was a "Panel Maker" for a large well known restoration company and started explaining the original cars were becoming more rare because owners wanted a perfect car to show and most did not come out of the factory with perfect fitting bodies due to technology at the time.

His comment that "he wants to see cars like this for his trade as examples to be guided by" admittedly was a rare one to me but sure made that none judged general type car show a great experience.

 

Now, do I had a swelled head of what I think it might be worth?

Naw.... have all the more reason though to keep it as long as I can and see how long it takes for someone else to really appreciate it's worth!;)

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 I bought a 30 ' reproduction of a mississippi steam boat once that I paid $600 for. I installed an engine and a paddle wheel on it and everyone would ask if they could buy it.

 

 I got very tired of them asking  so when some guy asked how much, I told him $5000.00!  He said, I'll buy it! Then I told him that it was not for sale, he asked why not, and I said that everybody goes away when I state that price.

 

 I did sell it to him a few days later and to my surprise, he hired me to do some fancy restoration to it and pilot it for him. He then  told me that I could use it anytime I wanted to, which I did for two years.

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My cars are usually seen in public places like a restaurant or diner parking lot, a street in one of the local small towns, not so much hobby events. The guy who asks always looks the same. I could draw a picture today and pull it out of my pocket next time I am asked. I have know these types for decades. Asking how much it is worth or how much you would sell it for implies they they can buy it, especially on a whim standing in the street. And they feel good because they believe it.

 

How much is your car worth? More than a sane person would pay.

 

How many cars do you have, anyway? More than a sane person would have.

 

Bernie

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THANKS Gil! Much appreciated.:)

 

Now ask me what I think it is worth. Oh wait, I believe I answered that. :D

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It is always an interesting issue, happens to me nearly every time I take the Judge or the 'Vert out. So best to have two numbers in mind:

1) what would it cost you to replace with a better one ?

2) what would you be willing to accept for it ?

 

How close the two are depends a lot on attachment, mood, available space, desire for something else, & messages from "The Boss".

 

Of course only one of mine even makes it to the mid-five figures and next car will probably be a retractable so few candidates). I tend to be very selective but have oddball tastes & each fills a need (well one is a bit redundant & need to figure out what to do this year).

 

So it is best when someone approaches to have two prices in mind and I've learned never to judge by appearance, particularly at a car show, attitude is more important.

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22 hours ago, Pomeroy41144 said:

Not sure why, but unsolicited offers to purchase my antique car really annoy the hell out of me.

 

Consider it a compliment.

If you drove a modern 4-door gray sedan,

you wouldn't be getting those questions--

or even a second look!

 

You might then add, "Sorry, I'm having too much

fun with it."  Someone newly interested in 

old cars, and curious about them, might go away

pondering how much fun old cars can be.

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With a lifetime in this hobby, I've learned to have fun with those questions.

What's it worth?   Reply:  Worth or what would I sell it for?

What'll you take for that old car?    Reply:  How much do you have?

You want to trade?  Reply:  Well it's possible, how many acres do you have? or I'd have to see your house first.

When the say would you take $XX,OOO?  Reply:  Is that a question or an offer.

This usually gets a chuckle and I then say,  If you want to buy it, you'll have to offer me a lot more than it's worth

                                                                     because, I still enjoy it and am not ready to restore another.  Did you

                                                                     know you can probably buy one finished now for less than the cost

                                                                     of restoring one, unless you are like me and like doing them. 

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