Saturday changed that. We have two cars, a mini-van and a motorcycle. We only have two people in our house who drive. This car really has served its purpose with this family and needs to move on to a home where it will be
Hello there, How are you doing over there, please i will like to know if your named item above is still available for sale, i am interested in buying it, take care of your self and i hope to read from you soon.
Now everywhere in Craig's List when you register and receive e-mails it warns you about avoiding scams, deal locally, watch out for cashiers checks, money orders, escrow, shipping, etc. This particular e-mail immediately says "Run, run away!" especially since the phone number the guy left was for Colorado and we live in Ohio. I only answered to him that yes, the car is still available. His next response:
Thanks for the prompt response, i want you to know that i am ok with the price and i will love to make an instant purchase,so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i don't mind adding an extra $50 dollars for you to take the advert down from criagslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the car. I will want you to choose out of this mode of payment via check or Money Order and it will be over night payment due to the distance .You dont need to bother your self with the shipment ok,i will take care of that**Once again, I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping.i will have my shipping agent come over as soon as you confirm the payment. take care.
So at this point I respond with, "This is a cash only transaction. If you would like to have your agent make the cash payment in person, that can be arranged."
And that "interested" buyer was nothing compared to this e-mail:
i just got layed off want to trade i have a brand new 3 week old smith and wess 460v...purchased just before i got the boot from work..low ball from gun broker. i need a car bad mine is getting repoed now since i cant afford to pay it and i have 3 kids.
Uh-huh, like I want to trade my car for your murder weapon. What's up with that? My luck, we would end up with a gun, that we don't need or want, and then when we go to register it, we would be arrested on the spot for some unsolved murder. No thanks! And having worked in the automotive finance industry (granted, it was in Human Resources, but I still know a little about automotive financing!), your car doesn't get repoed two weeks after you lose a job. You have to miss many payments and avoid a lot of phone calls before they come for your car, so this guy should not have bought that nice, expensive gun to start with considering he was already late on his payments. I am going to go back through the local news and see if any repo men have been shot by a Smith & Wesson recently.