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11 hours ago, Dave Mellor NJ said:

One of my peeves is whenever somebody is giving a price and they say"only" or "just" right before the price it's always exhorbitant.

 

I've noticed that too, Dave:

Something like, "1975 AMC Pacer, needs work.  Only $15,000."

 

If the seller needs to tell the buyer that the price is good, his price is too high.

Buyers can judge for themselves if a price is truly a good one.

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

I remember a car advertised  a long time ago for "3,000 bananas" and someone showed up with a truckload.

 

Bottom line, in today's confused market, no-one knows what a "good" price is anymore, only thing I know is nothing is selling: I see the same advts for weeks now. Of course what hurts is an advt for a car that is impossible to get a response from the seller and then find the pictures are at least three years old. Anyone else seeing anything like this ?

 

 

 

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I always find it curious when someone puts something up for sale looking like hell and yet in the trunk is a set of shiny hubcaps. And another favorite is also 4 flat tires, but over here we have a new set for it (and the cost of putting tires on at maybe 100.00 tops puts the owner out 5K plus in lost profit if they had made car a little better looking - matched to do you know how hard it is to deal with something with 4 flat tires or ... = your personal boat anchor collection). 

r/forwardsfromgrandma - Darn autocorrect

 

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21 minutes ago, John_Mereness said:

 

 

Image may contain: text that says 'A priest, a rabbit and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender asks the rabbit "what'll ya have?" The rabbit says "I dunno. I'm only here because of Autocorrect." catdaddystudios.com'

 

Now that's funny right there....

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I suppose the true cardinal sin and failure to follow simple direction, has to be when someone posts a car question in the Forum Application Support Forum!

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So, I was perusing the Webb this morning and ran across and ad that the headline said Car (brand xx) for sale $27000.

The text of the ad said something like $30000 firm. don't waste my time.

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Found this one today, talk about ridiculous...

 
Vehicle Description

Gateway Classic Cars of Orlando is proud to offer this stunning 1930 Ford Model A 82B Pickup. As you stare at the chrome from front to back your eyes will be glazed over like you just started at the sun. With a glistening two-tone paint job stacking Hunter Green over a black base you will have people snapping their necks to get a peek at what is cruising by. Powering this 1930 Ford Model A pickup for sale is a stout and mighty Flathead 4-cylinder powerhouse! Backing the 4-cylinders is a manual 3-speed transmission. As you crawl into the cabin of your new Truck you can rest on a plush vinyl bench seat. Taking this gem to the local car shows will be a joy, everyone will want to stop and see this classic truck, be prepared for spectators to want a picture with your new truck! 
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Gateway is a chain in Florida. Their prices and fees are always "intereseting".

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1 hour ago, JD in CA said:

Found this one today, talk about ridiculous...

 
Vehicle Description

Gateway Classic Cars of Orlando is proud to offer this stunning 1930 Ford Model A 82B Pickup. As you stare at the chrome from front to back your eyes will be glazed over like you just started at the sun. With a glistening two-tone paint job stacking Hunter Green over a black base you will have people snapping their necks to get a peek at what is cruising by. Powering this 1930 Ford Model A pickup for sale is a stout and mighty Flathead 4-cylinder powerhouse! Backing the 4-cylinders is a manual 3-speed transmission. As you crawl into the cabin of your new Truck you can rest on a plush vinyl bench seat. Taking this gem to the local car shows will be a joy, everyone will want to stop and see this classic truck, be prepared for spectators to want a picture with your new truck! 

 

I like good descriptions, but they need to give specifics

about the CAR--not the history of the model and wordy drivel.

 

The ad could be rewritten as follows and say almost as much--

and waste less of the reader's time:

 

1930 Ford Model A 82B pickup.  Excellent chrome, hunter green and

black 2-tone paint.  4 cylinders with manual 3-speed transmission,

vinyl bench seat.  A joy for you and others at car shows!

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1 hour ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

I like good descriptions, but they need to give specifics

about the CAR--not the history of the model and wordy drivel.

 

The ad could be rewritten as follows and say almost as much--

and waste less of the reader's time:

 

1930 Ford Model A 82B pickup.  Excellent chrome, hunter green and

black 2-tone paint.  4 cylinders with manual 3-speed transmission,

vinyl bench seat.  A joy for you and others at car shows!

 

Agreed. That's really annoying. A copy/paste from Wikipedia and then two or three sentences about the exact car. There's a large dealer that does that and I catch myself wading through the crap every time and finding only the barest of details at the very bottom. I presume it's a way of avoiding liability so you don't say anything a buyer will hold you to in the future and the auction companies are famous for it, but it's nevertheless bothersome. I try to give a little context for the cars I'm selling, but then I focus on the details of that exact car. I've been accused of writing too much and that it's a waste of space, but I can't imagine buying a car and not wanting to know all you can. I'd rather have too much rather than a Wikipedia entry followed by, "This car is black. There's an engine and a steering wheel. Someone drove it for years, you can too. Probably but maybe you'll have to service it first. The tires have air in them, we checked. A good car if you like cars like this. Not many left but we didn't count how many so maybe a lot, who knows?"

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Yes, anyone who's interested in buying a '53 Studebaker Starliner probably has a good idea of the historical significance of the car. They don't need a lesson on it. Or an Avanti or a Hudson Hornet or a Mustang or whatever. That's a major put off for me - you get a history lesson, but they don't even tell you if the car runs or not (which is it's own pet peeve by itself.)

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57 minutes ago, gossp said:

This one is just funny. 

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Depending on the "minor" maintenance needed, that may not be a misprint. 😄

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Serious injuries only 🤣🤣🤣

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At least with Facebook advts you get a name and they usually reply. Personally need a VIN before will even consider a car. In one CL case study discovered the VIN elsewhere and the same pictures in a 2017 advt. Rare cars are often discoverable despite a lack of info in the advt. Do prefer to deal with an individual.

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The seller with a run-down, mess of a badly over-priced car who advertises it with the threat that if he doesn't get his inflated price, he'll take it to the crusher.  Bets are he's very disappointed when he sees how little he got at the junkyard for it.    

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1 hour ago, 58L-Y8 said:

The seller with a run-down, mess of a badly over-priced car who advertises it with the threat that if he doesn't get his inflated price, he'll take it to the crusher.  Bets are he's very disappointed when he sees how little he got at the junkyard for it.    

 

Don't forget the resto-mod threat:   "If you don't buy this from me,  I'll pour a bunch of money in to it that I'll never get back out".

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Price is firm! And then in the last line it says OBO 🙄

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12 hours ago, bdc said:

Price is firm! And then in the last line it says OBO 🙄

 

Thank you for reminding me of the one that boggles my mind every time:    "Price is firm, must sell".

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It bothers me when the ad shows a picture of another similar (better) car that is not for sale. This is to give you an idea of " what it would like when fixed up". 

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21 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

Don't forget the resto-mod threat:   "If you don't buy this from me,  I'll pour a bunch of money in to it that I'll never get back out".

 

I also don't get why people don't fix minor stuff. There's plenty of cars where the listing says "Needs brakes" or "Needs new fuel filter". Why not spend an afternoon fixing things that would help you find a buyer? Unless there's more it needs than new brake shoes, of course.

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1 hour ago, AL1630 said:

I also don't get why people don't fix minor stuff. 

 

Another one:  "Air conditioning needs charged."

("Needs charging" or "needs a charge" is correct English.)

 

Well, why not charge it then, and offer the buyer the

enticing luxury of cool fresh air on a hot summer day?

I think it's possibly because there's more work to be done

than merely charging the system.

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2 minutes ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Another one:  "Air conditioning needs charged."

("Needs charging" or "needs a charge" is correct English.)

 

Well, why not charge it then, and offer the buyer the

enticing luxury of cool fresh air on a hot summer day?

I think it's possibly because there's more work to be done

than merely charging the system.


As an AC guy... I assure you.... refrigerant is not a fuel that gets used up... if the system needs more of it... it is because the system lost it somehow. 
 

I do not agree with doing r12 to r134a conversions. I have a limited supply of r12 and am happy to share it with friends in the hobby that are willing to make their system leak free. Generally, I am too busy to want the work but am happy to put some pressure on the system and help identify the issue... with the warning that it cannot be used at all between the test and a proper fix.   So far my dad was willing to let me do the work... everyone else wants to put some gas in and see how long it lasts. 

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...how about this main photo for the advert for 1933 Ford......

 

maybe it’s a social distancing thing??  Hey man, hand me the bono so I can check the paint job..

 

1933-Ford-Coupe

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On 6/6/2020 at 2:07 AM, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

I like good descriptions, but they need to give specifics

about the CAR--not the history of the model and wordy drivel.

 

The ad could be rewritten as follows and say almost as much--

and waste less of the reader's time:

 

1930 Ford Model A 82B pickup.  Excellent chrome, hunter green and

black 2-tone paint.  4 cylinders with manual 3-speed transmission,

vinyl bench seat.  A joy for you and others at car shows!


Am I being pedantic. Should it be “Hunter Green” or “Hunter green”?

Would it be best to state the colour first, then “ Excellent chrome ”?

 

Perhaps it would be best to have both statements “ Excellent chrome. A joy for you and others at car shows!” to “ensure the reader is left with several positive, uplifting emotive thoughts, enough to make them respond immediately, if not sooner.” *

 

* “How to successfully sell junk and other stuff” by Rodney 

 

 

 

Argh, I gotta get up out of bed and do stuff !
Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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