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What is this thing worth?

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,534
    Anyone try this yet? It's FREE!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    Oh that's the Sports Car Market price guide---they're pretty good but you have to understand that the prices are related to the condition of the cars, and generally they are talking about really really nice cars---so cars with some "needs" need not apply.

    Also they don't list huge swaths of cars which they do not deem "collectible" or "classic", and I don't blame them.

    I'd probably buy it but I have an Andriod, so I'm not in the Apple zombie network. :P

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,209
    sweet.

    Shifty - I don't have an iphone either, but I do have an ipod touch. I resisted apple for a long time, but now that I have one, I highly suggest it. It is a cool toy, and not very expensive. (one like I have is down to $149 refurbed.)

    Heck, just ordered an iPad for the wife since the 1st gen price finally dropped thanks to the iPad2. Did even better getting a refurbed one from apple for $349.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    You know what they say about Steve Jobs--that he can actually project a reality distortion field onto consumers. But then, all good marketing does that. Motor Trend often does it with their Car of the Year!

    I use the little pocket-sized CPI (Black Book) guide when I'm out in the field. It's actually faster and easier than whipping out a smartphone and covers more levels of condition that the Sports Car Market APP, which is really only about #2 cars.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    Not for collector cars.... but, used cars in general:

    Manheim has an app for blackberrys, for subscribers.. I'm sure they have one for Android, as well.... It's pretty neat...and quick.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    manheim is good for ordinary used cars--but it's quite expensive isn't it?

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    Well, yeah.... it's for car dealers!

    A co-worker of mine has a used car lot.... so, I get to play around with Manheim website and mobile apps.. Comes in handy when you are shopping for a car..

    I'm not even sure they would sell it to someone without a dealer's license.. maybe, if one were in the appraisal or insurance business..

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    edited March 2011
    It would be kind of overkill for an appraiser.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    This one is ten minutes from me.

    What do you guys think?

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/2274686165.html
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    If it's not a) a scam and b) rusted beyond salvation, I'd go for it and buy it immediately. You could flip it for $5K in a red hot minute, maybe $7500 if the sheet metal is good and the engine can be turned by hand.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    Too many digits in his phone number but I did email him so I'll let you know what happens.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    A good tip off to a scam will be when he e-mails you and tells you he is not living in the same place as the car but would be willing to meet you, but doesn't want the expense of traveling to meet a "non-serious" buyer, so could you please use "Google Checkout" as a way of putting a deposit in escrow.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,568
    The background in the photo is definitely local, so it has that much going for it - most of the time scam ads will show a car in an obviously far away location but claim it is in Seattle etc. That being said, the price does seem suspiciously low, the car is either an absolute heap or the seller has received 20 emails by now.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    It could be riddled with rust, which makes it essentially a pile of parts or a restoration project of epic proportions. But you know, just a few holes in the trunk floor or floor pans wouldn't be so bad. But rust in the rockers, or at the suspension mounting points---that's a very ugly proposition and a long, long row to hoe.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    Yeah, I was looking at the background plants and it sure does look local.

    Mercer Island is halfway between Seattle and Bellevue and it's an affulent area sittin gin the middle of Lake Washington served by one of our floating bridges. The "232" prefix is correct for Mercer Island but there is one too many digits in his phone number. I tried calling a couple of possible combinations but struck out.

    I suspect, it's a POS.

    And, fintail, I'll be TICKED if I found out you ran over there and bought it out from under me! I know you work 5 minutes away from M.I.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,568
    I also live 5 minutes from there. I thought about trying the phone number removing various digits, but I'm too lazy - I need that old car like I need a hole in my head, one old beast is one more than I need, and I'd have nowhere to put it anyway. I have no plans to buy another old car unless it is a huge crazy deal that I could flip...only things I think I really want for myse;f would be a LWB 300SE fintail or a Universal wagon, preferably W111.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    No phone call and no email.

    Probably just another Craigslist stroke.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,923
    And.. the ad is gone..

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    Oh, it is?

    It's possible someone rushed over there and snapped it up!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    Client called me last week from east coast...wanted me to look at a '62 Vette advertised as "pristine" for $21,000. I told him right away "too good to be true" and the photos were gorgeous.

    Anyway, I e-mail the guy pretending to be a ready-to-buy/guy, and got the "Google checkout" routine, (sure I'll send $21,000 to a stranger to "hold" for me) and the "I'm in Canada right now but I'll fly down to meet you" and "I have to sell it cheap since I need to pay my rent"....blah blah blah. I asked him if he was in Nigeria but never got back another e-mail.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,568
    Could be. I think it was a legit ad, pic looked right, phone number was (almost) correct.

    Lots of ads on craigslist from flippers wanting old sports cars for nothing, one of them probably stalks the listings and replied first.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    sometimes a legit seller gets like 50 phone calls on the first day, and withdraws the ad because he realizes he posted it too cheap.

    If that ad were near me, I'd have it in my driveway as of 7 AM this morning. You can flip just about any TR3 that isn't in 35 separate cardboard boxes.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    Hey, I tried!

    The bad phone number did make me leary.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    I wonder if that was deliberate, the bad # ? Forces you to e-mail and let appears legit in the ad, to suck you in.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,209
    edited March 2011
    good deals do come up on craigslist. I don't think that price on the TR3 was crazy cheap given the condition, but I could be wrong, of course. Not everybody knows the fair market value of a car. I'd like to think everything I've bought on ebay and craigs was a good deal. I mean, the rust-free 300Z for $1k stands out to me. It was a case of the seller not knowing what he had and putting up a really crappy ad with one crappy pic. The 740 wagon I bought for my brother for $1100 with less than 100k miles was another one. It does happen.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    edited March 2011
    Yep, the price on the TR3 was crazy cheap. You can sell a really ratty one for $10,000 no problem. The Volvo you mentioned (about a 90 or 91?) is market correct, sorta kinda, for a clean one---maybe $1500 tops. The TR is a highly prized collectible is the reason, whereas the Volvo is just an old used car in plentiful supply.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    I'm sure there are "Curbstoners" who monitor the Craigslist ads like a hawk and when they see something that is undervalued they rush over and buy it.

    Probably not just cars either.

    I once bought an Isuzu pickup diesel and I kept it a couple of years before I had no use for it. I had NO IDEA that these are (were, anyway) highly sought after and near impossible to find.

    I immediatly got a call for m a guy who rushed over and gave me a deposit. He told me he would have the cash in two days.

    I had two days of non stop phone calls including several from a woman who kept offering me more and more for it. She finally offered me 500.00 more than I sold it for.

    I did take her number in case my buyer flaked out but he did show up as promised.

    I screwed up but a handshake is a handshake.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    I think the Isuzu gold rush is over but maybe it's a cult thing. If it were a 4X4 space cab that might be worth something.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,628
    This was a low mile rust free little truck.

    It was sitting on a lot with a For Sale sign when I bought it. I almost passed because it was a diesel. It was slow but very rugged.

    I'll bet I got 25 phone calls on it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    Well depends on your price of course. Put $5900 and the phone wouldn't ring, but $2000 and it might.

    Trucks are always hard to value because they still have utilitarian value, unlike old cars. A gardener looks at a beat-up truck as a still valuable tool, whereas a car collector looks at a beat up old car as something needing time and money.

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