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14 years 6 months ago #2081 by Hestia
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Me Paranoid?

I have a car for sale and a guy wanted to come and look at it and have a test drive.
He know how much I want and that I want it cash.

He shows up with a mate that drives him.

They want the keys and tell me that they will give me a ring when back in town!
I said: No one goes for a test drive without me!
The older guy that is the driver has sunglasses on and he looks at me and tells that I am paranoid!
I tell him that I want to be in the car when the car is tested.
He asks why!
No offence but it happens that cars do disappear when taken for a test drive.
I have never seen these guys before.
He says that he is humiliated and that I am paranoid!
I say: ok no test drive! We are over and done!

I start to walk away.
The buyer then calls me back and says that I can keep his mates car keys while they are out.
Hands over keys to a new and exclusive/expensive car.

I say: no thanks but I want to be in the car.

The sunglass man now shakes his head and just repeats that I am paranoid.

I tell him that the car he gives me the keys to might not even be his and they might have “borrowed” it and then when they do not come back with my car it might be me sitting with a car that does not belong to him.
He says that I am paranoid again.
What on earth should they do with my car?

They could have a car the same as mine and make it disappear and use it as a spare part car.

When I call the police a couple of hrs later they might show up and say: ooh here is the expensive car that got stolen in manukau yesterday and I would have no car and no insurance that covers that I have given away my car voluntary with the keys.

Am I paranoid or just as I say street smart?
I told them that I have worked within the car business and seen this happen to others.
The driver/friend of the presumptive buyer was now humiliated and steaming angry!

I took one of the guys out with the car and then when we came back he wanted to buy it and offers 25% less than the price he knows that I want!
He does not even have the money and wonder if I accept 25% less and just some of the money today and the rest later and he can take the car with him today?
NOOO NOOOO NOOOO!
Am I paranoid?

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14 years 6 months ago #67989 by reggit
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No you are not paranoid, Suzanne, just very sensible :D you stick to your guns.

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14 years 6 months ago #67990 by max2
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Suzanne, do you not have a large man friend who can take care of all initial sales enquiries for you?

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14 years 6 months ago #67999 by Hestia
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these guys would have tried to take a large man friend for a ride as well :)

fun to hear if you guys think that I am over doing it and that the things I know can happen would only happen in big crowded countries abroad?

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14 years 6 months ago #68000 by reggit
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The last time I went to test drive a second hand car from a car yard the sales person hopped in with me - quite surprising as had never had that before, so maybe a sign of the times?

When we test drove a new car, hubby left his keys there for the sales person, but the sales person had seen hubby before as he got his car serviced there also.

I certainly wouldn't let any tom dick or harry test drive a car without leaving some collateral with me BUT I would also not get into a car with two guys that I didn't know and go for a test drive either, so you are really stuck either way! Any suggestions from anyone to get around this stumbling block??

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14 years 6 months ago #68005 by witheze
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It's not just theft but murder that has occurred when selling a car.
Distrustful is what one needs to be, unfortunately:(

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14 years 6 months ago #68006 by Hestia
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when I worked at a large car comapny in europe we just looked at their drivers licenses and wrote down their details.
some came in and borrowed cars with a tow bar and stayed away for an hour or two and then you knew that they probably had rented a trailer and did shift house or tow a boat hahahaha

I do not like to get in to the car with totally strange people.
One I can handle but two?
I told them that the parking space is under surveilance camera so they would be on film but that I still would not let them go out by themselves.
I had also told people what I was to do,
but not much of a comfort if something bad happens since they might be able to identify the people but what would that help if something did happen?

guess you can never be 100% safe.

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14 years 6 months ago #68007 by reggit
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[:0] I hadn't thought of that, witheze, good point. Suzanne, consider the Emma Agnew case currently on the news, the cops think she went off to meet someone who had expressed interest in the car she was selling [V]

Is there no way you can sell it through a car fair or similar? Might be less risk than folk on your home turf in a rural area - and esp if you other special cars are visible when they come around...

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14 years 6 months ago #68010 by wino
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Insurance issue with car yards these days apparently tigger - heap big excess if salesperson wasn't accompanying would be buyer. Darn irritating as I like to look at things by myself.

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14 years 6 months ago #68012 by Birman Babe
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No, you're no paranoid. Look what happened to poor Emma Agnew, she was going to meet some guy interested in her car & she ended up dead :-( You can never be too sure of anybody.

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14 years 6 months ago #68025 by The Kats Place
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You made an excellent call Suzanne - good on you for standing your ground! Well done

kats
Live your life in such a way that it will be easy for people to say nice things at your funeral [;)]

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14 years 6 months ago #68056 by max2
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I have had to leave my photo licence behind for the last 2nd hand car test drive I purchased in Aust. from a dealer, and that was 8 years ago.

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14 years 6 months ago #68060 by reggit
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quote:Originally posted by swaggie

I have had to leave my photo licence behind for the last 2nd hand car test drive I purchased in Aust. from a dealer, and that was 8 years ago.

If you did that here, chances are that would be your lucky day you got stopped by a cop and fined for not carrying your licence with you! [:0][}:)]

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14 years 6 months ago #68065 by betenoir
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no definateley not patanoid..but there is a name for your particular condition...streetsmart:D

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14 years 6 months ago #68068 by max2
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quote:Originally posted by tigger

quote:Originally posted by swaggie

I have had to leave my photo licence behind for the last 2nd hand car test drive I purchased in Aust. from a dealer, and that was 8 years ago.

If you did that here, chances are that would be your lucky day you got stopped by a cop and fined for not carrying your licence with you! [:0][}:)]

I reckon too Tiger, but at least it would be a fair dink excuse and checkable once they did the car licence check,..

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