Re: Would you let a potential buyer take your car to a shop? (desidesire1218)
Originally Posted by desidesire1218
PPI @ a dealership or certified shop only....no backyard mechanic unless he comes with to look at the car, and even then only to LOOK.
you do the compression/leakdown test, that will let them know if the motor is ok.
test drive will cover the tranny.
Yeah he looked at the car yesterday, drove it, car drove fine sans a little steering wheel wobble due to a left inner tie rod but I was quoted $300 installed from my shop which I would happily subtract from the asking price.
I don't know what the guy would look at with the tranny, just the fluid which AFAIK is nice and red since no shop has mentioned it but it's not like I couldn't take it tonight and have it flushed before then. Tranny doesn't slip and seems to work fine.
I don't know how to do a compressions/leakdown test and quite frankly I don't really want to deal with taking out the plugs and all that jazz.
He says the mechanic is a licensed mechanic who has been his neighbor for ten years, but he does want to bring the car in during mechanic hours to the actual shop.
you should have the car checked out by your own mechanic and show the potential buyer the paperwork, showing nothing (hopefully) is wrong.
if i was buying a car and i asked to take it to a mechanic to have it looked at, and the seller said no, i wouldnt even think about buying the car.
i would think "what is he (the seller) trying to hide?"
Well I know it needs just piddly **** like the brake fluid needs to be changed, etc....just piddly crap that are to be expected on a fifteen year old car but I don't want to end up having someone low-ball over such lame **** on a 15 year old car.
The only pressing things it needs are a tie rod and rear coils, but I'm sure any mechanic could come up with a list of bullshit, like the BMW dealer looked at it and they said a guibo could be replaced (funky urethane u joints) but it wasn't pressing and was just something to think about but that's the type of thing the kid's friendly mechanic is going to come back and say "Ohhhhh that ****'s gotta go NOW!!"
According to this guy, early 90's BMW trannies blow at 175k-200k, which I have never heard
Should I counter offer and tell him he is more than welcome to come check the car out again and bring his neighbor because quite frankly I don't have time to go **** away an afternoon driving across the twin cities for this anyway.
wtf kind of car are you selling? sounds like some old peice of crap with over 150K miles if im not mistakin... honestly i say unless the car is worth over 15 grand i wouldnt waste my time with them takin it to a mechanic.. i hate people who waste my time
When I was selling one of my cars I took the car with the guy to his mechanic and they did a inspection. He paid for it and saw there was a few problems that I said I'll take care of. Its for their peace of mind as they don't want to buy a p.o.s.
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if he seems like a legit buyer, id say yes, but say id want to go with, or get something worth equal to asking price as colateral
i work at a body shop, my customers bring used cars they are intrested in buying here all the time, so i can tell them if its been crashed up or not. no fee, just a 10 minute look around... carfax is bunk ****
Re: Would you let a potential buyer take your car to a shop? (Adam.)
Originally Posted by Adam.
Sounds like a responsible buyer to me. Just go with him. Duh.
Yea really. I've had buyers want to get my car inspected before buying. If anything, that's good for me because he can't come back saying I sold him a broken car. I even sold a $2500 car that a guy got inspected. I had no problem with that.
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