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Old 11-03-14, 05:21 PM
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Are people crazy?

Neighbor has had a 1994 Mercury Tracer Trio(?) on the street for sale for over 8 months. 1.9L (88 giant hp), 5 spd, peeled off (but pretty well cleaned up) vinyl top. Body clean, interior a little worn, front plastic grill has some damage.

They are down the street and I don't know them, but saw the wife and asked her about it. Said it had a rebuilt engine due to a mechanics mistake that damaged the original, new brakes, new clutch, good tires. Since the stepson is here, asked what they wanted for it (thinking maybe $500-750).

$2500!!!!

For a 20 y/o POS?! Are you kidding me?
 
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Old 11-03-14, 05:50 PM
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Are people crazy?
Yes. Sellers maybe want to recoup money spent on new clutch, engine and brakes, it doesn't work that way...

I'm crazy too.. I would like a 1967 Corvette for around 10k
 
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Good thing she didn't say the word "vintage" that would had tack on another 500.00.
 
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Back many years ago when I could buy a truck that ran for around for a $500 I was looking at a pickup truck at least ten plus years old. IIRC price was around $700, body was rough. I said I'd need to take it for a test drive. Seller said I couldn't.... the engine was froze up. But other than that he swore it was in great condition.
 
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Old 11-03-14, 07:36 PM
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They didn't even pay for the engine. The shop covered that. Clutch and brakes...$750 max.

We sold our 2001 Mazda Tribute earlier this year (Maxed out ES, sunroof, leather, 4WD, V6, 160K, new tires, bad A/C) for $2700 and felt lucky to get it. Though I sort have would have liked to keep it, it was time.

Just don't understand the mentality. $2500 for a 20 y/o car that was crap when it was new?

Lol @ Ray. Don't you love folks like that?
 
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Old 11-03-14, 08:41 PM
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Being retired I have time to watch those daytime court shows. It is amazing how many people buy a 10+ year old car then feel cheated when it breaks down two months later.

I am saying that from the perspective of someone who bought more $350-$500 trucks and cars then I can remember. Geeze Louise I felt it was a good buy if it made it all the way to my driveway and a very good buy if it lasted two months before needing a starter or alternator, or carburetor. One car I bought actually threw a rod as I was driving it out of the seller's driveway. Had an old Ford that went through starters so often I could change them out at night by the side of the road just by feel, no flashlight needed.
 
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Being retired I have time to watch those daytime court shows.
Well, that explains why your spelling and punctuation has slipped this past year. Don't you know those shows will rot your brain?

The ONLY "Judge" show I can watch is Judge Judy and even that one only in small doses on rare occasions.


This morning, about 2 AM after coming home from Wally*World I was looking at Steuben crystal on Ebay. I have several Steuben pieces that I bought directly from the factory. Since Steuben went out of business a few years ago I figured that the prices would only go up (not that I have any desire to sell) but amazingly the prices advertised are significantly lower than I paid a dozen years ago. After looking at several pages I got the wise idea of doing a Google for "Fake Steuben" Lo and behold the market seems to be flooded with fake Steuben.

I think my collection is complete.
 
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Old 11-04-14, 02:41 AM
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I'm crazy too.. I would like a 1967 Corvette for around 10k
I have a retired friend, 75 years old, who has a '66 split window coupe sitting in his garage with boxes of "stuff" stacked around and on it. There is a limit to sacrilege, IMO.
 
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I don't much care for those small claims court shows and IMO judge judy is the worst

Back about 10-12 yrs ago I was looking for a good used ford truck. I was shocked at the prices on the other side of the mountain [different county] Every used truck I looked at was probably 40% higher in price than a similar truck on this side of the mountain. I understand that it more rural over there and a truck will hold it's value more but. The 76 4x4 F-100 I bought would have probably cost double over the hill
 
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Old 11-04-14, 05:51 AM
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Curiosity caused me to look up a '94 Merc. Tracer in KBB. In excellent condition, $1200 and I doubt I would even pay that. My wife had a Tracer back then - POS - ate tires so often, we could only afford to put used tires on it. She finally hit a deer with it and we put it out to pasture.

Kind of like going to a garage sale and someone asking top dollar for some piece of junk because they paid more than that. Its a garage sale for god sake! Your trying to get rid of stuff, not cover the next mortgage payment. Picked up a used only once leather jacket for $10 (guy got fat his wife said) that is what its all about. Get what you can, donate the rest - it is of no use to you anymore. Or going to a estate sale where an outside company has tagged every item - You think you are walking in a museum and every item is a rare find. Day 3 of the sale and the house is still full - kinda tells you something.
 
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Old 11-04-14, 04:20 PM
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I'm with Marksr, Judge Judy is a B...Well you know what I mean. LOL
I like the red head on Peoples Court. She's hot!

Neighbor has a 1970's Buick. Won't give it up. Sits in garage all year. Maybe drives it once or twice Pays insurance and up keep for what? He has had two brand new Chevy's. Hates them but keeps driving it.
 
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I'm with Marksr, Judge Judy is a B...Well you know what I mean. LOL
Yes, she most certainly is and I would never want her judging a case I brought before a court.

But, in most cases the litigants are complete idiots as well and JJ puts them in their place.

Ah, it's ALL entertainment directed towards the unwashed masses. Same with all the daytime "talk" shows with their paternity suits, lie detectors and all.
 
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Old 11-04-14, 06:59 PM
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Dont laugh!!!!

Those tracers are great economy cars... Kellys BB in NJ lists them for $1500 bucks with 165K miles... An AZ car I am sure will bring in $2500...


here is a 95' for $2900... CA car...

 
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Old 11-04-14, 07:33 PM
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That's almost the exact same car Mike. I'm sorry that's just insane. With inflation, that's almost new price. 1.8 Mazda engine vs the 1.9L might make a difference...but no way no how a 20 y/o car is worth that much.
 
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Old 11-04-14, 07:48 PM
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Hey I got $1000 bucks for my 1986 reliant K car that got 22 MPG... That was in 2005 though..

Probably could get $3000 today... he he..

Uggg!!! I should of kept that car... so easy to work on... Believe it or not a little old lady owned it...

I paid $900 for it.

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Old 11-05-14, 03:06 AM
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Those K cars were great. When I bought mine Chrysler was on the verge of going under. I asked the dealer what colors were available. He said any color I could possibly want. They had hundreds sitting in the lot. They were just trying to dump them. The price was so good I seriously considered buying two of them. I bought the Dodge Aspen model.

 
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Old 11-05-14, 04:16 AM
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The price thing swings the other way, too. Occasionally I get possession of a car via impound that needs a bit of fixing up. When I go to sell it - at a very reasonable price - people want to buy it for what it was worth as scrap before I got it in running/driving condition.
 
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