People are awful. I recently sold a 25 year old car that was in really good condition but I sold it as is because I did not know what was wrong with it, if anything. I maintained this car well, and over the 7 years I owned I spend over $10,000 on maintenance. I loved this car and the body and engine where in great condition. I sold it because it was so old and so rare it was hard to find parts for it. That was my own issue with it. I loved that car and it I hated to part with it but not being able to find parts was really stressing me out. So I sold it.
I took time to explain to the person the weird litte things it did, such as a screw that needed to be cleaned 2 times a year to keep the electricity flowing to the car. I explained that it needed a 300.00 wheel bearing because the car had a sensor in the a wheel bearing that was causing the anti lock brake light to come on. I explained that it did burn a bit of oil so watch it, it was common with the engine in that car. I felt I was very honest about the car. I told him I was not a mechanic but i felt it was in good shape but with any 25 year old car it needed constant maintenance but it was a fun car. I also explained it was listed as a top collectable car, so it was worth putting some money into it. I sold it cheaper than it was valued at by the appraisal. It was appraised at 6000.00 I sold it for 4000 and delivered it. It was an emotional day for me. This car was purchased by me when I was really sick. In a lot of ways this car getting better was me getting better. This stupid car was a big part of me getting better. There was nothing better than dropping the convertible top and driving around looking for cool photographic opportunities. I did a lot of soul searching behind the wheel of this car and I cried, laughed and much more in this car.
So today, the guy who purchased the car came to my house. He told me he could not afford to put it on the road and wanted me to give him back his money on the car. He gave me a really sad story telling me he was poor, and could not afford the 1200.00 to certify it . He told me he bought it for his wife for an xmas gift and she cried and so did he that he had to pay 1200 to certify it. I felt really bad because he was implying i ripped him off. Than he suddenly changed from wanting me to buy it back to wanting me to give him the money to certify it. I explained I did not sell the car certified and I had no idea it needed that amount of work. I asked to see the paper work. He pulled out an typed out list of parts such as brake rotor, ball joint, brake line etc. There were not prices and it appeared to be a word document. This raised a red flag for me. Why didn't his garage but it on letter head or itemize the work with costs? I told him I would not pay half or buy the car back because I had sold it as-is. He told me I needed to help him out because his wife was really upset I had ripped him off. This made me a bit angry because I did rip anyone off and frankly the work need to be done was nothing in my mind. I just paid 1000.00 for a complete brake job on my car. Maintainance of vehicles sucks and yes it does cost. I sold the car as is. That means it was not ready for the road. I was honest about what I knew. He could have taken it and paid for a pre-safety. I have done that before and walked away. I did not misrepresent the car. I told him it needed work and explained what I knew.
So he finally left and seemed ok about it. I thought that was weird. He put a lot of pressure on me to give him money and I felt sick when he left. I explained this to my husband who immediately pointed out to me he was playing me to get me to pay for the repairs. Oh my God, my husband was right. 1200.00 in repair for a 25 year old is more than acceptable and shows how much I did care for the car. My husband also pointed out that he had told us he built race cars in his younger years so he really did know about cars. You cannot build race cars unless you are getting dirty fixing them. I know drag boat racers and everyone of those guys, including the drivers are elbow deep in dirt from fixing them. My husband also pointed out to me that he currently drives a 1990 GMC truck without a mark of rust on it. He reminded me that the fellow told us he rebuilt the entire truck himself one winter.
Oh my God, he was playing me to pay for his parts to make the repairs over the winter. I was really pissed off at the nerve of this guy to come to my door and pressure me to pay for a car he bought as is. Oh my God I was angry. The nerve of the guy. How dare he. No wonder he left and was ok with not getting any money. Than I thought about the recent repairs to my car and the type of repairs to the car and thougth that 1200.00 was more than reasonable. He was playing me. Holy crap. I just cannot imagine the nerve of people to do this to me. I guess he saw me as an easy mark because I was so honest and nice during the purchase process. Honestly if I had money I likely would have given him some but fortunately I do not so, this person did not get a dime from me.
I feel used and angry over the process and a bit of a fool for being played and feeling sorry for the guy. The repairs where only normal wear, a ball joint, a rotor, brake lines etc. Normal maintenance. Before he left he did admit he would be working on the car over the winter but by this time I was so upset at him pressuring me I did not see he had just admitted he was trying to get me to pay for the cost of the parts to fix and as-is car. In short he felt entitled to take advantage of me to pay for part to fix his car.
I really hate people. The majority of people are scumbags willing to take advantage of you in a moment. Some nerve this asshole had to come to my door and try to get me to pay. He showed up unannounced and when he knew my husband would not be there. Cannot tell me he has not done this before. I almost bought into it and I felt so bad I thought I was going to get sick.
I have purchased another car and the engine light came on the first day I got it. The previous owner will not return my calls or emails so I am sure he was aware of this. I purchased it certified and I am sure it is not but I got it for a good price and after borrowing a scan coder I have discoverd the Mass Air flow sensor is dirty and the air filter. Tomrorrow I will change those. I did want to know if the previous owner had done this before I spent the money but I was certainly not going to ask him to pay for it or to blame him. I am sure he cleared the codes but I bought the car cheap cheap cheap so I expected issues.
I really do hate people. You cannot trust anyone anymore. People are only out for themselves and have little to no empathy for others. They are money driven, greedy and will stab you in the back if they think if will give them more power, a raise for screw you over. There is little to no empathy in the world and social media has made it a me, me, me society where the only person who counts is me and my status. I need to have stuff to show I am successful even if that means screwing over others as long as I win. That seems to be the thoughts. Big debt but I drive a BMW so I am better than my neighbour.
WTF is wrong with people.
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