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Old 11-12-2013, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Has anyone ever knocked on your door offering to buy your eco-ride?

And by that I mean... one that's not advertised for sale.

It happened to me for the 3rd time (in 7 years) last week: Someone wanted to know if I'd sell the Firefly/Metro.

"Uhm... nope!"

Turns out he was asking for his son, whose Firefly had bitten the dust a week earlier. (The Flea is now the last Suzuki-clone of its generation still on the road in my city.)

The previous 2 times someone had knocked on the door wanting the car was during the North American gas price spike in 2008/09.

Has it ever happened to you? Or, have you ever cold-called on someone else for their un-advertised efficient car? I've stalked a couple of local Insight owners, but never bought one as a result.

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Old 11-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haven't had anyone come to the door (or if they did, I missed them), but had about 5 - 10 slips of paper asking if the "Maus" (Honda VX) was for sale over the past ~3 years. Nothing in the past year though...
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nope, usually my dilapidation approach to anti-theft works as anti-purchase as well.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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5-10 notes on a VX!

You just reminded me: I once left a note on a VW Karmann Ghia...
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Shoulda kept them... need to sell the VX now...
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Gas price is at a low.
For the moment.
The attention will come back when the US invades Iran, or Syria, or when OPEC decide they'd rather make a few (gazillion) $ more.


It has never happened to me.
Hägar was a bland 13-a-dozen Volvo.


Occasionally, I do get to chat with other CNG users @ the pump though.
It's only happening occasionally as you seldom see other folks @ the CNG pump.
The chat-rate is a staggering 100% of those you actually do meet there
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A friend of mine has a clapped-out Toyota Starlet. Last year he relayed to me that some guy at a bar in a neighboring town offered him $800 on the spot... and he turned it down. I told him to hang up, get in that car, and go sell it to him A.S.A.P!!! Because when I say something is clapped out, there really are no further miles to be extracted. He didn't do it. It wasn't a month later when the next catastrophic failure occured to that P.O.S. I should know, I always wrenched on it- but I won't any more. The next stop for that thing is the crusher and it won't be worth $800 there.

As far as my stuff, I had a Probe turbo once that a guy just had to have, and I had never even driven it yet. That's probably why I let him have it- I hadn't "bonded" to it yet...

Plenty of people have inquired about buying my Songi (electric bicycle) but nope, that's a keeper.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Because when I say something is clapped out, there really are no further miles to be extracted.
That is funny.

When Frank says so, trust him: there's no more blood in that stone!
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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HA! Wish I had a pic of that heap; 400,000 miles of Rust Belt/deer country bliss.

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