Friday, July 7, 2017

Coffee Brake: Off Topic

Happy Friday -- time for another off topic Coffee Brake. Let's open up the comments to anything you might want to discuss. Go ahead. Discuss among yourselves.





P.S. Happy lucky 7/7/17.

13 comments:

  1. Just taking the pulse of the other readers.......what's your go-to place for finding local car deals these days? (Aside from the obvious answer of DT, of course). eBay stopped being a bargain source about a decade ago when it got super-saturated.....Autotrader seems to be mostly dealer inventories these days....CL is mainly liars, cheats, or dreamers..........any obscure sources left, besides riding around aimlessly and hoping to find something sweet on the side of the road?

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    1. Keep one of these with you at all times -
      [image src="https://forgottenadvertisements.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/macho-man-slim-jim.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    2. Oops, I meant a set of these -
      [image src="https://www.lockpickshop.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/AK75-XL.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    3. I look at
      Racing Junk
      GrassRoots Motors Classifieds
      and 6speed Online (for cars I can only lust after)

      I feel like the specific forums usually have better deals, modded cars, and a one can look back on all the things someone has done to the car.

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  2. kismet........you just gotta bump into them. The internet is the worst thing that has happened to the old car world since Barret Jackson and the rest of the other- look at me I'm paying to much for a lipstick on a pigmobile- crowd. Sigh.....

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    1. Yeah since CL is free, sellers can set an unrealistic price and let the ad run in perpetuity. Back when it was $25 a week, they were incented to sell before the PoS started costing them too much money.

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  3. 1.) If you are looking for a classic Mini or Mini Cooper, check my website: www.miniguy.com

    2.) run Wanted ads (helps eliminate the feeding frenzy and urgency of an online ad, which can cut down on your competition.)

    3.) contact sellers of similar vehicles that you are looking for and ask if they have - or know of - others that might be for available.

    4.) Put wanted ads on forums, but ask the sellers to contact you off-line. (so you can avoid a feeding frenzy.)

    5. Offer a finder fee if someone finds you a car that you eventually buy.

    6.) Contact dealers to find out what else they might have available. (For many of the classic Minis that I'm offered, I find new homes for them before they even make it on my public site.)

    7.) Join a club and/or related Facebook group

    8.) Go to related events and gatherings. I just returned from Mini Meet West in California. 109 Minis registered!

    Hope that helps...

    p.s. - did I mention I have a website and I'm looking for classic Minis and Mini Coopers? ( www.miniguy.com (1.1M visitors to date.)

    - Michael "MiniGuy" Lewis
    (805) 405-6263 (texts too)

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  4. If money is no object and you don't mind paying a small premium over value, you can watch the Bring a Trailer auction site

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    2. what needs a trailer? - heavy basketry or too fancy to drive - i have no interest / mattress full of cash for either of those

      CL was always fine for SF Bay Area, just had to do a lot of sorting and act fast when i found something - here in the remote far northern UK, i pretty much wouldn't buy anything local unless it had multiple layers of waxoyl from new - for my eventual E38, it'll be carandclassic.co.uk and classiccarsforsale.co.uk - both are pretty awful in different ways - hard to sort, limited info, lots of clicking, bad db queries, bleh

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  5. I've started to regard B-a-T as the Barret-Jackson for those who don't even want to get out of their house, or call a broker to bid on their behalf (because that would cost them some commission). They succumb to the same bidding frenzy that's even more subject to bid-pumping friends of the lister/seller who offer up online "oohs and ahhs" urgin them ever higher in their bidding. They thrive on becoming the momentary online hero of the moment who won the sale, only to find out later, how much they've overbid.

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    1. Bingo....the primary difference between B-J and BaT is that when a car sells at B-J for a ridiculous premium, every 17 year old on the internet doesn't use that sale as the new baseline price for their POS basketcase version of the same car. I'm still laughing about that 318is going for $25k on there a few weeks ago.

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    2. Just watched an Alpine White E39 that was listed on the M5 forum for $19,000 - price was raised $24,000 after it was featured on Ba-Trustafarian.

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