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Old 09-17-2015, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why didn't you pay a mechanic?

Most of my responses so far have been like this:

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thanks for the response ,im okay with the price, im from Delaware and i can't come for the pick up but i have a private shipper who ca
n pick up the item for me.i can make your payment via a certified check ,i will send it via USPS and you get it within 24hours, when y
ou have your money i will have my shipper come for the pick up .let me know if that is okay by you
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Actually, I will have love to come in person for proper look and pay you cash but due to nature of my work i would not be able to come, i work as a doctor at the Fort Carson military base and i live on there so i will like you to assure me that i will not be disappointed so i will like some close up pics. Also i will like to know the millage
I understood little more than that the person claimed to be a doctor. Did the doctor scribble a note that a transcriptionist could not read?

That is why I do not like long-distance numbers.

One lady contacted me through USAA and another through Craigslist. They seemed okay, but I have not heard back. One gentleman called (from a local number!) and asked where I had the work done. I told him that I replaced the head gasket myself. He asked if I was a mechanic and I said that I was not, but the estimates were expensive, so I did it myself.

"Thank you for the information. I will think about it and I might get back to you."

If someone asks me again, I will say something like "The car works perfectly and I would be happy to have the mechanic of your choice inspect it for you."

At least I should hopefully start my job soon.

Have any of you sold cars and had people not like that you did repairs yourself?

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Old 09-17-2015, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No receipts = It wasn't done. That's my motto and I'll always live by it. I'm not calling you personally a lier, I have just erred on the side of caution.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the receipt for the head gasket.

If the head gasket is good, then why would I lie about doing a repair when there is not any evidence that it was necessary?
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Nono, I'm not saying YOU didn't do it, I'm telling you a lot of people think the same way I do. There are a ton of scammers out there that say they do things, but don't actually do them, trust me.
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I haven't ever understood how/why listing repairs helps selling a vehicle. imo, at best lets me know it may be a common problem. New battery in a hybrid/ev might be the only exception I can think of.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I also don't list repairs in ads, but do list recent maintenance items. (Maybe head gaskets count as normal maintenance on Subies!)

Of course, if people ask, I tell 'em. But I've never had anyone ask me if I did the repairs myself.

I think your response was good: "you're welcome to have your mechanic look it over." That shows confidence in the car and your work.

When I sold the winter beater Civic this spring, the buyer's ONLY technical question about the car was, "is there anything wrong with it?"
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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From personal experience with Subarus, I steer away from "head gasket" repairs. If the gasket was replaced, that means the head(s) is warped from overheating and there are more issues coming.

I sold my Subaru only after I replaced the engine (with a used one), and I got good money for it, but I do not offer up that I was the mechanic.
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I removed mention of the head gasket from Craigslist.

UFO, how long ago did you sell your Subaru?

I think that I will see if I can get the dealership to inspect Bacon. They would have charged me twenty dollars to do that before I started all of these repairs. I had wanted to post scans of an inspection report (and Carfax), but ran out of money.
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No offense to anyone, do you buy a car that had a head gasket job done by a reputable shop? Now would you trust the person doing the job only once in a lifetime or the person who has done it hundreds of times and can provide references from people who had the same job done?

I trusted my work, and a few others work.

I might if I watched you do it 10 times with a follow up for a belt re-tension and check over.

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