Tire Kickers!

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  1. 66Fury383

    66Fury383 Member

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    Been trying to sell a truck of mine for a few months. Every time I list it on eBay, I get a gob of questions from "serious buyers". I spend time answering these questions in serious detail and never receive a message back. This kind of stuff makes my blood BOIL! How difficult is it to send a message that says: " I am no longer interested." Makes you wish there were more reliable people in the world.

    Sorry for the rant!
     
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  2. commando1

    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    First time selling a vehicle on eBay, huh?
     
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    Yes :BangHead:
     
  4. polara71

    polara71 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I had my Ramcharger listed on Hemmings, the CL. When the CL ran out I did E bay. I'm not sure which avenue it sold through but I got the same Questions from ALL THREE listings .
     
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    stubs300 Senior Member

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    And probably from the same 3 people.
     
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  6. 78Brougham

    78Brougham Deplorable FCBO Gold Member

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    Didn't
    Didn't know you had one for sale...
     
  7. rapidtrans

    rapidtrans Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I like the guy that wanted to buy my boat. A favorite line of the tire kickers.
    First phone call; first question is; “what’s the lowest you will go?”
    I quoted the amount from the add.
    His response was “I can buy the same boat for blah blah blah” (Of course half of my asking $)
    I told him he should go buy that one, but he won’t find a cleaner one than mine, and hung up!
    He was soo pissed off he sent his dad and son out a few days later to look at the boat.
    And bought it right then at full ask. Son wanted the boat and grandpa wrote the check.
     
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    Dobalovr Closet Floridian FCBO Gold Member

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    Welcome to my world.......
     
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    Type out a response that outlines the vehicle in more detail than the original ad. If you had the same question asked more than once changer you initial ad to answer those. Copy and paste it and send it to anybody that asks a question.

    It’s quick and if they don’t Respond you just saved time. TOO EASY!

    When a buyer keeps responding you best take care of all his questions, you never know who has a pocket full of money to spend.
     
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    By observation, when they talk about how "serious" of a buyer they are, that's the first sign that they aren't. They're looking for a reason to not buy whatever it is, with price being a main consideration.

    Just some observations,
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    I hate that phrase "Whats the lowest you will go?"

    Does anyone bargain anymore!?
     
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    Nope, they want you to tell them a lower price. Or they just lowball you at half price from the first communication without one question about the car for sale. Comical at best to me.
     
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    I just had that happening too. We are selling a car and have it listed for 3800.. first person: 2000?

    After a little back and forth he said it was all he had. Why look at 3800$ cars when you only have 2k? Anyway, he went up 500 bucks (this is all sight unseen). then up to 2700. We declined and stopped responding. I wouldn't even want to meet this guy in person honestly. My response to the "whats the lowest you will go" Is usually "we can talk about that after you come look at the car and really want to buy it"

    And yes,damn whats wrong with people wasting your time being all interetsed and then you never hear from them again? Its not hard to say "oh sorry something came up". I even had to do it myself recently :(. I had a couple if items that I was selling where we literally set up a time for them to come pick them up and I never heared of them again. I flag and report those people usually.

    I was selling a set of tires and rims for 180$. Some lowballer offered me 50$. I said I'll give them to him for $100 if he picks em up tonight. He continued to lowball me and herass me in very broken english to the point I blocked him. Again, wouldn't even want to do business with anyone like that. I cant believe how pushy this guy was trying to pressure me into selling him the things for $50. WOW man, for 50$ I'll throw them away just so I dont have to deal with people like that. I said that too to someone who lowballed me. "lol, ill rather just throw it away than to sell it THAT low"
     
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    Seriously, it takes 30 seconds at most! Thats the problem with internet marketing, when youre somewhat anonymous, theres nothing to hold you accountable.
     
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    At one time I went to look at a 67 Belvedere convertible. It was priced about 1200-1500. It was all beat up on the sides and bumpers. Not bad on top. Ran and drove. I offered $600 and he took it! I told him I would let him know, and got the heck outta there! Funny ad hell, I was thinking, shoot I don’t want to own this pile. True story, about 2001 or so.
     
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    I suppose I'm now considered a "tire kicker" then. But a seller who thinks just because they have a 40+ year old collector car its automatically worth bucks. Case in point.
    A few months back I watched a C Body on CL. Pulled the trigger but my work and it being a hard Minnesota winter I did most of the communication via email. Finally able to get a good Sunday and drove 1.5 hours to check her out. I fell in love, but the long term storage had made for a few concerns. Hell it only had driven 50 miles since the last oil change back in 2004 if I remember.
    The self proclaimed non car guy owner stated that his friend listed and priced the car for him. Asked me what I felt it was worth. So I gave my opinion and added that I was used to seeing these running and a big block at that price. His answer: I might have to think about that.
    Fast forward a couple of days his friend messaged me on how it went so I let him know. And the response was "Too bad we are so far apart in $.....never know we'll just need to see".
    After another month or so the posting expired and not renewed. I often think about calling and seeing if that car did sell. Or is it still just sitting there collecting more dust and not getting enjoyed.
     
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    When I was selling my 71 Sport Fury 4drht last year a gentlemen called me. Said his grandson saw the ad and was interested. First question was how much was I asking, the price was clearly in the ad. So I asked what was he thinking. He responded with a low ball of 2k, stating the car was a C body and had 4 doors. I stopped the call with a quick disconnect. Two days later, I get a call from a guy who stated he was interested in the car and wanted to drive down and see the car. The guy arrives with his grandfather (the low baller). After the inspection and test drive, I told him I had turndown 3 offers all the same price (all over the phone). He offered me what I expected to get for the car. I got a lot of tire kickers, one or two said the car was not factory with a console.
     
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    A long time ago the son of a deceased acquaintance of mine tried to sell the car of his father; wanted 3000.
    Sent him a short mail: I'll give you 750 (imo 250 above market value), but take all the time you need to try to sell it for more than that, my bid will stand for at least a year.
    Of course, his initial answer was that no way in hell he'd ever sell it for that kind of peanuts, he was insulted, such a unique car and blablabla, and I wished him respectfully the best of luck.
    It took him just two months to get back at me and accept my offer.

    My point being, that you have lots of sellers who don't have a clue about the true value of what they sell (and take it personally when s.o. points that out to them)
    and you have lots of buyers who think they don't need to respect the seller, because they are the buyer, and therefore, by definition have the upper hand.

    If you, either as a seller or a buyer, have to deal with any of those types, a transaction is likely to bounce off, leaving at least one party behind frustrated.
     
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    The "collector car market" has somewhat skewed peoples' perceived value for any older vehicle. These people usually don't have any idea of "true" market value or know where to look to find such. Sometimes, an "expert friend" is involved on the sidelines. When they get all defensive about a decent offer, which is below their asking price, it's usually because of their lack of real knowledge of the vehicle's value, sometimes.

    Bad thing is that some people want the same price for a car that's been sitting 20 years as what the price guides list for a running/driving vehicle. Especially if "It drove to its parking place".

    End result, transaction price can be much lower than the price guide listings, when everything is considered. Sales happen when buyer and seller agree on the price and money changes hands, at whatever price level. Again, some of the cable car flipper shows have degraded the whole process.

    CBODY67
     
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  20. 78Brougham

    78Brougham Deplorable FCBO Gold Member

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    FN Mecum and BJ contributes to the "skewing" also.
     
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