Selling his car has proven to be quite the headache for Ben, with plenty of silliness to deal with
s you’ll know by now from my column last month, and in this month’s Let’s Talk, I am selling my car. Well, at the time of writing, the car is still with me, having been on the market for about a month now.
I decided to sell the car myself rather than go through a dealer, with the reason being that I could probably get a better price for my car that way, rather than being undercut by greedy used car dealers looking to make a quick profit. Apparently though, going the DIY route brings about its fair share of troubles and annoyances, and it seems that it’s not quite as easy as I’d thought.
In the month or so since I’ve listed my car, I’ve received numerous enquiries about it. Some were serious, but many felt like they were pulling my leg, with their ridiculous questions and absurd replies. Just for your amusement, let me share some of these experiences with you guys in my column this month.
It started out with a standard request. “Is it still available? Can I arrange to view?” And then he asked:
“This car has had 6 owners. Any particular reason?”
Er, I don’t know, maybe because it’s 15 years old? I don’t have the entire encyclopaedic history of this car, I don’t know who’s had it or where it’s been before I came to own it. If each owner had the car for about 2 to 3 years at a time (not unusual), then 6 owners would be about right for a car of my age. Do the sums man.
I’d have to say, I think my ad is actually quite detailed with all the relevant and important stuff listed. Everything you need to know is on there, including the fact that its COE is valid till May 2019 (in big text no less). It is also stated that it has had 6 owners (as Guy #1 has noticed) and done 310,000km in mileage. And yet I still get jokers like Guy #2 who ask:
“The COE till when? Which month and year? Mileage and how many owners?”
Facepalm. And then once given the answers, he went silent for a while. I followed up with him about a week later to check if he was still interested, and his answer was a curt, “No”. Thanks for nothing mate. Learn to read next time.
Like Guy #2, this fellow has a problem with his reading and comprehension, for he asked: “COE valid till December?” No Sir. As it states in big bright red letters, COE is valid until May 2019. My road tax is valid until December. Maybe he got that mixed up. And then, like Guy #2 as well, silence. Another follow up yielded this reply:
“I’m sorry, very busy. Can’t find the motivation to get it now. Haha.” Make what of that you will. Then there are those who’ve called to arranged a time to view the car, and then ended up being no shows. Being a direct seller means that I have to