I am selling my daughter’s old Honda Accord. It is a 15 year old car with 250K miles on it. You can see all the work I have done on it through the years in various blog postings:
According to Blue book, the car is worth about $65. But it is a reliable car that runs, so it is intrinsically worth more than that. I listed it in CL for $1,000.
So far, I have gotten 10 responses, all immigrants.
1/2 are Hispanic immigrants. They all seem to want to look at the car and tell me it’s deficiencies and make a deduction from the list price for each deficiency. As if they have never bought a used car before.
The other half of Islamic. They all seem to think that the process of buying a used car starts with an email response offering exactly half of the asking price, without even asking about the car. I understand that haggling is a big cultural thing for them. But seriously. I’m selling a thousand dollar car. Not a $500 car. If you want a $500 car, look at the ones that are listed for $500. If I have to re-list the car, the next ad will list it at $2,000. Then they can offer $1,000 and everyone will be happy about taking the other to the cleaners.
One guy offered to trade me some rims (stolen) for the car. I thanked him but refused telling him I already had rims on the car and if I wanted rims, I could just keep them.
Hispanic woman: My husband wants you to tell me everything that’s wrong with the car.
Me: It’s 15 years old. Where would you like to start?
Seriously. It’s not worth my time dealing with stupid people. None of them seem to understand that they are buying a $1,000 car. A whole car, that runs, and is street legal and road worthy and safe, for $1,000. And it doesn’t smell like vomit inside and the trunk doesn’t have decaying raccoons in it. But I’m selling it for $1,000, not $3,500, because it’s not ready to go to a car show and win second place. But it runs and all the power stuff on it works so it’s worth more than $500. In fact, by looking at it from 20 feet away, you can see parts of it that together are worth more than $500, if sold as used parts. The tires themselves are worth that much.