Does this seem strange to anyone else?
I put my car on craigslist late on Tuesday night.
I started getting responses immediately...and by the next morning I had a dozen inquiries...and by the end of the day on Wednesday I had over 20.
One by one as the emails came in, I told people that I'd be home at 5:30 on Thursday night and they were welcome to come by anytime after then, as long as they called first.
Some of the people were begging me to not sell the car until they could come see it. One guy even offered me more money to not sell it until he got there.
I didn't understand the massive interest in my car. It was a 2-door black 1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe...and I was asking $1300, which is approx. what Kelley's Blue Book valued it at...it fit inbetween KBB's "Fair" and "Good" category...but probably more in the "fair" range. It ran quite well, it always had, but the paint was faded pretty bad in some spots and had started to show some rust on the bottom corners of the doors. The thing was 11 1/2 years old.
So two cars pull up right at 5:30 on Thursday (right when I told people I'd be home). In one car was a husband, wife and daughter...the other was just one guy. The family talked to me first. They looked the car over for 5 minutes, asked me a couple questions...then came over to me and said, "we're willing to offer what you are asking". And then he looks at the other guy who was there, like he was expecting him to offer more money and start a bidding war. So the other guy left. The family then handed me $1300 in cash. I signed the title over to them, and they drove it off. But here's the deal...they didn't even start the car before buying it. They didn't start it, they didn't test drive it...they barely looked at it. I even said, "Don't you guys want to test drive it?"
They said "nope...looks good."
The whole process took like 10 minutes.
I felt a little bad for the guy who was by himself. He was waiting to look at it but the other family bought it right away. And he looked a bit pissed at me, like I wanted them to both show up at the same time so they could bid on it...which wasn't the case. They just happened to show up at the same time.
Am I missing something here?
Would anyone here ever hand over $1300 in cash to buy an 11 year old car from a private party without even starting it up???
I got a handful of calls for the next couple hours about the car and people wanting to stop by to see it and I had to tell them it was sold.
What is the deal with this car? I was asking what it was valued at...and I even would have taken less for it.
It just all seemed weird to me....like this car was secretly lined with gold or something and people couldn't wait to buy it.