What is the pettiest reason you didn’t buy that car?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Oct 11, 2021 | Project Cars, Buying

Photograph Courtesy BMW

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make you realize that you picked the right car–maybe the volume knob sits in the right place, maybe the seat reclines just the way you like, or maybe you just like the look of the interior stitching. 

But what about the other side of that coin? What are some of the smallest, pettiest reasons that killed the deal? 

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Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
10/7/21 9:49 a.m.

E30 M3, genuinely not as fun a street car as any 6 cylinder E30.

 

Yes, this was back when you could have gotten one for 4 figures, and yes I'm still kicking myself.

surfshibby07
surfshibby07 HalfDork
10/7/21 9:53 a.m.

Generally my reasons for not buying a car arent a result of the vehicle at all. Its normally the seller lol.

I will say i wanted a newer zl1 camaro and as soon as i sat in it, the incredible lack of visibility was evident. I love the car overall and i think it looks fantastic, but once inside, it wasnt the same. It kept me from getting one. 

 

 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
10/7/21 9:54 a.m.

It had a lifter tick.

 

Beautifully clean Cutlass wagon ('80?) with a 307 and dumbass 16 year old tries to be smart and doesn't fork over $700.

 

dumbass.

Indy "Nub" Guy
Indy "Nub" Guy PowerDork
10/7/21 9:56 a.m.

About fifteen years ago, I passed on a really nice used white Saturn SL2 because it didn't have cruise control.  Everything else (including the price) was right.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/7/21 10:11 a.m.

I grew up as a huge Mustang fan, but I have since ruled out all new Fords because I can't stand the incredibly cheap sound of their turn signals. Total deal breaker. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/7/21 10:15 a.m.

I passed on a super-clean Tahitian Green CRX Si because I thought that the mileage was too high. It did have some miles but was immaculate and dealer maintained.

From what I heard, the person who did buy it totaled it. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/7/21 10:17 a.m.

Whenever I find a petty reason to pass on something, this goes through my head: "Not in that color."

 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
10/7/21 10:20 a.m.
surfshibby07 said:

Generally my reasons for not buying a car arent a result of the vehicle at all. Its normally the seller lol.

I will say i wanted a newer zl1 camaro and as soon as i sat in it, the incredible lack of visibility was evident. I love the car overall and i think it looks fantastic, but once inside, it wasnt the same. It kept me from getting one. 

 

 

This. About 8 years ago I passed on a pretty clean AP2 A2000 because the place selling it, they just gave me the feeling they were sheisters. 

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
10/7/21 10:23 a.m.
surfshibby07 said:

Generally my reasons for not buying a car arent a result of the vehicle at all. Its normally the seller lol.

I will say i wanted a newer zl1 camaro and as soon as i sat in it, the incredible lack of visibility was evident. I love the car overall and i think it looks fantastic, but once inside, it wasnt the same. It kept me from getting one. 

 

 

GM has had a major design problem when it comes to visibility for decades.  I don't get it.  I know some of the people that do their design work and they aren't mutants, they look like the average person.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/7/21 10:37 a.m.

There's not many cars I've gone to look at that I haven't actually bought, but generally I'm already there with a trailer and the price is cheap enough I can make my money back in parts...

 

There have been a couple that I decided not to go see in person at all because of the seller though. 

obsolete
obsolete GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/7/21 10:45 a.m.
Woody (Forum Supportum) said:

I grew up as a huge Mustang fan, but I have since ruled out all new Fords because I can't stand the incredibly cheap sound of their turn signals. Total deal breaker. 

Oh, and don't even get me started on the door chime...

Opti
Opti Dork
10/7/21 10:51 a.m.

Seller is the biggest thing. I will make some pretty big ergonomic compromises. I dailied a ND miata and Im not a small guy, but the seller is what normally stops me from buying something

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/7/21 11:02 a.m.

I can't say I've bought many cars so far in my life, but I can imagine how quickly a deal can sour solely based on the seller.

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/7/21 11:11 a.m.

The stupid commercials...

Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/7/21 11:25 a.m.

I looked at several sub $1500 Delorean's and 60's Mustangs when I was 19-20 years old. Passed on all of them due to being "too much". now I'm kicking myself for not snagging a few.

 

As others have said, if I'm there looking at it, with money in my pocket, and trailer hitched to truck. It's the PO that sends me running.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
10/7/21 11:32 a.m.

"Ooh...it has a blue oval on the hood."

ztnedman1
ztnedman1 Reader
10/7/21 11:35 a.m.

More than I wanted to spend.  Multiple times.  Have the money, car is right, but can't get the price I set in my head so I walk.  Obviously this has gone really bad in the last year lol, I don't know if I'll ever buy another car again at this rate.  It's not that I can't I just refuse to pay these prices even if it is "market".

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/7/21 11:35 a.m.

1994 new in the country and 25 years old. Went to see a B2K (Calloway twin turbo) C4 Corvette. I think it was an 87 or 88 for around $25k. At the time I was still stupidly and proudly a three pedal only guy so didn't buy it as it was an auto. Still kicking myself today as even NA the L98 Vettes are much better cars with an auto than that dreadful Doug Nash 4+3. Later when I met my wife, my now father in law had an 85 C4 auto and that was the car that showed me that autos can actually be nicer, better, more performance oriented than a manual. 
 

Close second was the following year when I could have got a really nice sorted driver quality 74 Pantera again for $25k. 
 

Dumb ass twice over. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/7/21 11:44 a.m.

Motorcycle I had wanted for a long time. Guzzi V11 Sport.

It had the front end from a later bike and a few little things changed. Parts were V11 parts but from a couple year later model, there are subtle changes. Parts changed would indicate that it had been dropped.

Bike was for sale on the dealer website for months and not moving.

Went to see about it and the salesman was only able to stop smoking long enough to tell me "oh yeah, it's cherry, just got traded in the other day. Better jump on it fast I have people coming to look at it."

I told him "It's been dropped and you guy have been trying to sell it for months with no luck, if you hadn't lied from the minute you started talking, I'd consider it".

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/7/21 11:53 a.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

The stupid commercials...

2nd vote for this

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/7/21 11:54 a.m.

Mazda said I needed Credit's approval to buy a new Mazdaspeed 3. I walked straight out of there, I don't need anyone's approval just to buy a car, especially some sales manager with a weird name.

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/7/21 12:14 p.m.

Funny pinchvalve, that was a very similar reason why I didn't buy one. I walked in and they wouldn't let me test drive one without a signed contract and I told them something on the lines of why would I sign a contract on a car you won't even let me test drive. 

Walked right out the door and bought a Volvo C30 from the dealer down the road. 

 

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
10/7/21 12:32 p.m.

I seldom walk but douchey sellers (be they private or dealer) top my list.

Case in point went to look at a pretty decent looking Sprite at a really good price. On the test drive I got on the brakes semi hard and it pulled, I asked the seller if he knew what it was and he immediately said it was my driving..................I walked. 

calteg
calteg Dork
10/7/21 12:49 p.m.

Friend of a friend was selling a Nismo 350z fairly cheap. It had some tacky mods, but cheap forgives a lot of sins. We took it out on the test drive, 3->4 synchro is bad and grinds every time. I point it out and the owner goes "It's never done that to me, you must not know how to shift."   At the price he was selling it at, I could have overlooked the synchros, but his comment pissed me off so much I walked.

 

About a decade ago a local Honda repair shop listed a B18 swapped civic hatch for way too cheap. I get down there and the owner comments that he's glad I'm not some teen that's gonna wreck the thing. We get in the car and he casually lights up a cigarette like it's no big deal. It was cheap enough that I could have overlooked the litany of issues it had, but that was enough of a red flag for me not to buy it.  

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/7/21 12:58 p.m.

I passed on one of these because it had a white interior. The guy wanted $1800. 

1965 Ford Thunderbird Values | Hagerty Valuation Tool®

I passed on one of these because of surface rust, and it didn't run. The asking price was only $125. 

1935 Chevrolet Photograph by Bill Dutting

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
10/7/21 1:03 p.m.

In reply to Toyman01 + Sized and :

That's really a shame, because if I owned it, the interior wouldn't be white much longer than a few days.

mtn
mtn MegaDork
10/7/21 1:05 p.m.

My dad returned a car (Carmax) when he learned it didn't have heated seats. 

drsmooth
drsmooth HalfDork
10/7/21 1:53 p.m.

in 2006 I went to a dealership in my NA Miata, to look at a used NB. I parked right beside the NB.

The salesman was there almost instantly. I asked him the asking price, since there was none listed on the car. He told me $18k. I asked for a test drive, he brought me the keys and let me go. Before pulling out, I opened the glove box to find the sales sheet that listed the price of $16k.      

drock25too
drock25too Reader
10/7/21 2:06 p.m.

Salesman.  I had a salesman tell me one time,  "Son You can't afford this car". I was early 20's, had long hair,  but I was single and had a good job. Never said a word to him until I returned from the Dealership in the next town with a Buick Riviera that was better equipped than the one they had.  Went in and politely thanked him for sending me to his competitor for a nicer car. 

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke UltraDork
10/7/21 2:17 p.m.

I would probably be daily driving a Fiesta ST right now if ALL of the Ford dealers in my area weren't varying degrees of assholios on top of dealer optioning every car on their lots with a sunroof. I needed a new car within a 2 week window after my DD was stolen.

Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter)
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/7/21 2:18 p.m.

The owner smelled bad. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/7/21 2:30 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

The stupid commercials...

This.

Because grounded to the ground.

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
10/7/21 3:10 p.m.

No manual gearbox = no sale to me.

Tyler H (Forum Supporter)
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/7/21 3:18 p.m.
ShawnG said:
Javelin (Forum Supporter) said:

The stupid commercials...

This.

Because grounded to the ground.

Don't stick your finger anywhere you wouldn't stick your hootus.

Also this.

Because Love.  

I'm not buying that Love BS, Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd....err...Subaru!

Probably the pettiest reason I passed on a car in real life was: me.  Air-cooled 911, beautiful shape, cool PO, passed because we were $1200 away from where I told myself my top price was.  I had the money -- just a mental block that I wasn't going to spend more than $X. Negotiated price was around $13k and the year was 2013.  Yep, I'm the petty idiot.

CJ (FS)
CJ (FS) GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/7/21 3:34 p.m.

I have a couple.  My bride really wanted an XC90 in late 2003.  Went to the closest dealer (~90 miles) who had a few in stock.  We looked and the only one she liked was a crystal green metallic base car.  The dealer decided they wanted $4K OVER sticker.  

Nope.

Was on a business trip to Sacramento a couple of weeks later and stopped at a Volvo dealer and I lucked out and drew a sales guy who was retiring that day and wanted one more sale.  He had exactly the car my bride wanted, except it had stuff we really didn't want.  I ended up getting it for less than the sticker of the more local car.  Still took it to the local dealer for service.  The sales guy came over and asked about where the car came from and why we didn't buy from him.  He was not amused when I told him what I paid for it. *Oh well*

The second was in 1975, a beautiful '63 spit window with a 327 and a 4-speed.  Red with biscuit interior.  Less than 30,000 miles.  Original spare had never been on the ground.  $2,500.  Why didn't I buy it?  I didn't have $2,500...

hobiercr
hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/7/21 3:57 p.m.

I was 16 and I already owned a '72 124 Sport Coupe that was a total project. Could have bought an all original, 1-owner, 70 Datsun 510 coupe. The petty reason I didn't buy it? My Dad wouldn't let me have two cars. So petty, lol. He knew I was going to have issues.

scottdownsouth
scottdownsouth HalfDork
10/7/21 5:07 p.m.

Years ago my friend told me about a 69 formula firebird for sale. Great price he said so we went to go look at it.

Hard pass....it was green.

67LS1
67LS1 Reader
10/7/21 5:10 p.m.

A Ford dealer would not sell me truck until I told him where I got the money. I told him it was none of his business. He didn't budge so I left.

The Ford dealer in the next town dealer traded for the same truck the next AM and took my check, no questions asked.

My first stop was back at the original dealer to show the salesman my new truck. He was not a happy camper.

 

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/7/21 5:11 p.m.

The first was a Plymouth Champ way back in the day. It was a manual, five door hatchback and I didn't understand how incredibly cool hatchbacks were at the time, nor did I understand having four doors if you have a back seat is better than two doors. 

The second was a two factor nope out.
First, the owner tried to get as close to the entrance of a very busy place and then they didn't properly park it between the lines. They could've parked in the back where nobody was, which is where I took it to give it a looking over.
Second, they went inside to do some shopping while I did a test drive, then didn't return their cart to the corral when they came out. Maybe because I parked in the back of the lot in the shade, but still.

The third was because I strongly suspected that there would be drug residue or lost paraphernalia in the car due to the odor. I wasn't confident I could clean it completely and I didn't want that kind of hassle if I ever got pulled over.

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
10/7/21 5:19 p.m.
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) said:

The owner smelled bad. 

This is not a petty reason if he (she) drove the car...

....see the famous Mythbuster dead pig Corvette episode.

Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter)
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/7/21 5:43 p.m.
aircooled said:
Professor_Brap (Forum Supporter) said:

The owner smelled bad. 

This is not a petty reason if he (she) drove the car...

....see the famous Mythbuster dead pig Corvette episode.

Like I walked up, they smelled like literal BO and wet ass and I didn't even say hi. 

RadBarchetta
RadBarchetta New Reader
10/7/21 6:36 p.m.

I'm seeing a lot of "price was too high" and "shady seller" stories. I don't really feel like those are petty reasons. They are, instead, perfectly reasonable and logical reasons not to buy a particular car.

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 SuperDork
10/7/21 7:05 p.m.

I must be super petty, because all these sound reasonable. 

Colors, not enough $$, blinkers, BO, smokers, too much $$ for your taste.... 

I think that's just discretion. Don't tell anyone this, but if I'm coming to look at your car, I'm pretty much already sold. It's up to you to berkeley it up.

GCrites80s
GCrites80s HalfDork
10/7/21 8:26 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

I passed on a super-clean Tahitian Green CRX Si because I thought that the mileage was too high. It did have some miles but was immaculate and dealer maintained.

From what I heard, the person who did buy it totaled it. 

Oh no, had you heard the term "Miles don't matter with Honda" at the time?

GCrites80s
GCrites80s HalfDork
10/7/21 8:28 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

1994 new in the country and 25 years old. Went to see a B2K (Calloway twin turbo) C4 Corvette. I think it was an 87 or 88 for around $25k. At the time I was still stupidly and proudly a three pedal only guy so didn't buy it as it was an auto. Still kicking myself today as even NA the L98 Vettes are much better cars with an auto than that dreadful Doug Nash 4+3. Later when I met my wife, my now father in law had an 85 C4 auto and that was the car that showed me that autos can actually be nicer, better, more performance oriented than a manual.

Aren't turbo cars with torque converter automatics always in the boost, technically? That's what they say about Grand Nationals.

GCrites80s
GCrites80s HalfDork
10/7/21 8:29 p.m.
67LS1 said:

A Ford dealer would not sell me truck until I told him where I got the money. I told him it was none of his business. He didn't budge so I left.

The Ford dealer in the next town dealer traded for the same truck the next AM and took my check, no questions asked.

My first stop was back at the original dealer to show the salesman my new truck. He was not a happy camper.

 

If they do that, tell them you're buying it with "rug money". Money you got from selling rugs.

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Dork
10/7/21 9:25 p.m.

I've passed on more than one car because the ad featured photos of their disgusting dogs sitting in the car.

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/7/21 10:00 p.m.
AClockworkGarage said:

I've passed on more than one car because the ad featured photos of their disgusting dogs sitting in the car.

It's ok, my dog wouldn't let me sell it to you anyway. cheeky

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/7/21 10:07 p.m.

It was a parts car at best and Dude was asking driver money. When he said he could get more scrapping it, I told him that sounded like a good plan and walked away. 

05CAR
05CAR New Reader
10/8/21 7:46 a.m.

About 38 years ago I had a testdrive in ex Jacky Ickx Shelby 350 GTR with 4 dcoe webers and intermediate race tires. Garage asked about 9000$ for it… I didn’t have enough money…

05CAR
05CAR New Reader
10/8/21 7:46 a.m.

About 38 years ago I had a testdrive in ex Jacky Ickx Shelby 350 GTR with 4 dcoe webers and intermediate race tires. Garage asked about 9000$ for it… I didn’t have enough money…

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
10/8/21 10:32 a.m.

So same dealerships not wanting to let me test drive cars due to age and how I dress. berkeley them. 

 

But my pettiest sale so far has been my 528i, I don't know what the Germans are smoking but that car would "bong" for everything. Out of washer fluid, "bong", then "bong" again ever time you drove the car. It was a cacophony of "bong". Loved the car and actually sold it because of the idiotic noise.  

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
10/8/21 10:42 a.m.
Colin Wood said:

I can't say I've bought many cars so far in my life, but I can imagine how quickly a deal can sour solely based on the seller.

 

Last time Mrs NOHOME bought a car we were actually in the sales office, seated, with cash  and pen in hand to buy a Mazda 3. For some reason the salesperson decided that Mrs NOHOME was not moving this along fast enough and put out a time limit for closing the deal, not realizing that it was already a done deal. She put the pen down without saying a word, I shrugged my shoulders, and she now  drives a Nissan Versa.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
10/8/21 1:02 p.m.

I will never own a Harley.  Someone I used to know bought one. Seemingly overnight turned into a dickhead. Won't own one because it will always remind me of a friendship turned sour.

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/8/21 1:21 p.m.

My mom buying a new truck for herself.

Salesman in the passenger's seat, pulls down sun visor: "And it has a lighted mirror so you can check your makeup!"

No sale, just some poor bastard needing a case of Dr. Scholls mouthwash.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/8/21 1:33 p.m.

Color. Specifically black cars. Been there, done that, never again.

I know it's pointless. I'm extremely pragmatic with most aspects of my car purchases. Cars are mostly tools to do a job, and that job is described as "post a winning lap time" or "tow the tool to post a winning lap time" or "carry me to work."

But could you imagine dragging a pallet of mulch home from lowes in a BLACK truck?! The huge manatee!! Nevermind driving a black car to work, or taking a black car on track. I'll drive 10 states away and pay thousands more to have any other color than black. 

gearheadmb
gearheadmb SuperDork
10/8/21 1:40 p.m.

If it was the perfect car but it was but the price was more than you wanted to pay, those have a real "one that got away" feel later on. But if you dont buy it because of color, or a missing feature wanted, you would have never ended up loving that car. No matter how good it is you will always feel like you settled.

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/8/21 3:20 p.m.

In 2014, passed on buying a Mazda 6 over an Accord, since Mazda dealer could / would not offer me a competitive price unless I finance thru them via Mazda Financial.  I was a cash buyer (yea, I know, a "deadbeat).  Didn't want to go thru the process at that time of unfreezing my credit to take a Mazda Financal loan that I would pay off the next day (state law in Ohio, no pre-payment penalty can be applied), so we bought the Accord.  No telling how the 6 would have worked out, but the Accord is still going strong 150k miles later, with nearly no issues at all.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Dork
10/10/21 2:34 p.m.

Lousy, greedy bank kept me from buying a running driving Ferrari 330 GT for a whopping $10,000. I had already put down $1K deposit and test driven the car.

Their terms were so greedy that the $9K loan would have been $14K in the first year. I was salaried and could have done it, but the idea of usurious fee's killed it for me.
Of course you know what happened to all V12 Ferrari values within two years. 

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/10/21 2:55 p.m.

I didn't buy a car once because while I was looking it over the seller was on the phone and I overheard him say "black women are naturally annoying". I just got in my truck and left and didn't say a word. 

It was a driving grey market 280sl r107 with a manual trans, it was silver with red interior. It was only $3000 lol

 

I really wanted that car but not on my momma! 

92dxman
92dxman SuperDork
10/10/21 8:15 p.m.

I've passed on cars due to the manual shifter shifting like a tractor or having a tan interior. One situation that comes to mind is an 81 Fiat X 1/9 I passed on due to the owner spending more time and funds having the leather interior restored than the rest of the bike. 

calteg
calteg Dork
10/11/21 10:57 a.m.

In reply to 92dxman :

Both of those are completely valid reasons. A below average shifter can ruin an otherwise brilliant car (looking at you, multiple generations of M3)

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/11/21 10:58 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Color. Specifically black cars. Been there, done that, never again.

I know it's pointless. I'm extremely pragmatic with most aspects of my car purchases. Cars are mostly tools to do a job, and that job is described as "post a winning lap time" or "tow the tool to post a winning lap time" or "carry me to work."

But could you imagine dragging a pallet of mulch home from lowes in a BLACK truck?! The huge manatee!! Nevermind driving a black car to work, or taking a black car on track. I'll drive 10 states away and pay thousands more to have any other color than black. 

We live in the same county, and I think that's an entirely rational reason cannot buy a vehicle. It's too hot here for black cars and trucks.

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
10/11/21 2:11 p.m.
calteg said:

In reply to 92dxman :

Both of those are completely valid reasons. A below average shifter can ruin an otherwise brilliant car (looking at you, multiple generations of M3)

I spent 45000 miles in my e36M3Ti then drove a bone stock e46M3(well, two of them). What do they fill the transmission case with? Silicon?

I always know whether or not I want a car long before I move to the buying stage, but a bad shifter (or pedal feel) is a top priority. My dad had a 2007 Tacoma with one of the worst manual shifters of all time.

P3PPY
P3PPY Dork
10/11/21 8:41 p.m.

Depends on what phase we're at. If I'm on CList and there are 50 of the same cars, it's like sifting through one click resume submissions for an entry level position: I hardly need a reason to close your tab.

But you pretty much have to talk me out of it by the time I show up. In fact, that's so much the case that.... I... I don't recall being talked out of one. I mean clunking trans is one thing, but aside from otherwise undisclosed mechanical issues (which I routinely ignore anyway)

 

...surely there's been one...?

dropstep
dropstep UberDork
10/11/21 10:17 p.m.

Took the wife too look at an escape and the guy selling it asked if I ever thought about using my zephyr as a derby car. I pretty much hate the local derby scene for killing so many cool cars and idiots who think my car is a full frame wagon make it even worse. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
10/11/21 10:27 p.m.

In reply to dropstep :

So much this.

Our new guy at work is a derby guy.

What a waste. "Hurr durr, I'm here to bend metal".

Wife owns a 1970 Contintental. Try finding good used glass, trim or bumpers. Those mental midgets just destroy everything to get it off of the car. I've tried telling them they could sell the parts and get money to go racing for real, or at least buy beer with it. Nope, more fun to smash things.

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
10/12/21 6:15 a.m.

Shopping for my '66 Falcon project I found the seemingly perfect car, but it was 6 hours away. The seller was one of those 'text' people who blows up your phone. The car needed a radiator so couldn't be driven home. I would have to arrange a truck and trailer to get it.

Well, the seller found another car he wanted so tried forcing me to do a deal by phone. Yeah, I'm not buying a rust-prone car from the 1960s without personally sticking my head underneath it. Guy harrassed me repeatedly one morning, not accepting that I couldn't just drop everything and come for it or PayPal him the money to hold it. I went radio silent. I won't be badgered into buying a car.

About a year later (couple weeks ago) the same car shows up on Marketplace for sale again...now an hour from my home. The guy who eventually bought it decided it wasn't for him. I paid him what he paid for it ($1000 less than the badgering texter wanted). smiley  Sometimes being petty works out.

MrChaos
MrChaos GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/12/21 6:48 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Color. Specifically black cars. Been there, done that, never again.

I know it's pointless. I'm extremely pragmatic with most aspects of my car purchases. Cars are mostly tools to do a job, and that job is described as "post a winning lap time" or "tow the tool to post a winning lap time" or "carry me to work."

But could you imagine dragging a pallet of mulch home from lowes in a BLACK truck?! The huge manatee!! Nevermind driving a black car to work, or taking a black car on track. I'll drive 10 states away and pay thousands more to have any other color than black. 

preach

Ghostrider67
Ghostrider67 New Reader
10/12/21 7:05 a.m.

The old " I know what I got." idiot syndrome.

1964 Chevelle Malibu sitting high and dry in Arizona desert. Been in the same spot for decades. Complete car, baby blue and straight. Offered the owner $5500 for it. 

He came back at me with $12,000. Wouldn't budge. Told me I was trying to steal it.

I just laughed at him and walked. Last I checked he still has the car, sitting in the same spot....32 years later. Yup, 32 YEARS LATER....lol.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
10/12/21 10:26 a.m.

Two stick out for me, both from when I was 18 and stupid:

1978 Cutlass Coupe: Grandma fresh with just 87k miles. Red with a white top, on red Rally III's. Didn't buy it because it had a bench seat. I had a thing about bucket seats; if it didn't have buckets, it wasn't "sporty" or "fun". It was only $400, too. It was in a junkyard, and they drove it there. I even drove it around in the yard and it was perfect.

1968 Buick Sportwagon: Fresh Buick 350, no rust, and even had the Vista Roof. Sat on 15" Road Wheels and had all of the woodgrain. Only $800. Didn't buy it because it was olive green with a green interior.

Man, I was DUMB. Ugh... would love to have both of those today. Stupid, stupid, STUPID!!!

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/12/21 12:00 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

I'm normally in the same boat, but something about the blacked-out Kia Telluride I rented for a trip to LA just kind of worked for me–almost like I was driving the bad guy car.

Don't know if I'd commit to it for Florida, but I never really considered myself the kind of person to enjoy a blacked-out vehicle like that.

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