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Old 10-27-2007, 06:41 PM
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Well, we found a nice used vehicle, private sale, went to the owner, test drove, talked numbers, said we have cash, then after all this he tells me that someone else drove the car earlier in the day and that he needed to make sure they didnt want to make an offer to purchase because the person said that they wanted to think about it with their life partner.

I said, thats not usually how it works, if they wanted to purchase it they should have made an offer on the spot, I just made mine, with cash, and we agreed to it, now this.

Got a phone call a few minutes ago, the guy said the other person is buying it.

I was fairly pissed off to be blunt, said that talking numbers and making a deal and then backing out at the end of it is not good business to say the least. I also said that if I wanted to I could problably make a big deal about the legality of agreeing to a deal and then selling to someone else (not sure if that has any merit but I was pretty angry).

I said, so what am I supposed to do, offer more money now? He said of course not that is not how he does things. I asked him if the buyers had cash or were hoping to find financing, he said he had no idea. I wished him luck and left it at that.

Why do some people make business deals so difficult? Maybe I am just bitter, but dont make me sit down and talk numbers and terms if your going to tell me on my way out the door that your offering it to someone else first! My search continues.

End of rant.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:48 PM
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I would think that before you sit down to make the "deal" that he should of said "let me just say that looker one has first option. I will give him x amount of time to make deal. IF he cannot come up with the money by x amount of time then we can sit down and talk numbers"". Yeah, I would have been "bent" about it my self. Some people don't have a clue how things work...
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:51 PM
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Exactly right. If that was what happened, I would have been totally fine with it. Tell me before we sit down and talk numbers and agree to terms, its a waste of my time otherwise. The more I look at it, we agreed to a lesser amount than he was asking, and the other party offered full asking he said after he told them our offer- great way for him to get full asking.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:56 PM
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Johnshan - 10/27/2007 9:41 PM .... the person said that they wanted to think about it with their life partner. .


So either he was gay or so embarrassed to say his wife had final say, he made himself sound gay instead.
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:06 PM
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Pretty much!
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Old 10-28-2007, 06:58 AM
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DrJim - 10/27/2007 6:56 PM



Johnshan - 10/27/2007 9:41 PM .... the person said that they wanted to think about it with their life partner. .


So either he was gay or so embarrassed to say his wife had final say, he made himself sound gay instead.
Get off the gay guys.I had bought a XJ 4x4jeep from a gay guy.One sweet ride,clean and never been offroad at a great price.Bet that sounds like I rode the guy ,but no,I didn't,just the jeep!
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:25 AM
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You'll be dealing with all sorts of people on private sales, some nice others not so nice. And of course people doing stupid things like this seller did.
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:36 AM
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I never knew there were rules for private sales...

Legal issues......HE SAID......SHE SAID.......not much in court here in Florida....
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:49 AM
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Johnshan - 10/27/2007 7:41 PM

Well, we found a nice used vehicle, private sale, went to the owner, test drove, talked numbers, said we have cash, then after all this he tells me that someone else drove the car earlier in the day and that he needed to make sure they didnt want to make an offer to purchase because the person said that they wanted to think about it with their life partner.

I said, thats not usually how it works, if they wanted to purchase it they should have made an offer on the spot, I just made mine, with cash, and we agreed to it, now this.

Got a phone call a few minutes ago, the guy said the other person is buying it.

I was fairly pissed off to be blunt, said that talking numbers and making a deal and then backing out at the end of it is not good business to say the least. I also said that if I wanted to I could problably make a big deal about the legality of agreeing to a deal and then selling to someone else (not sure if that has any merit but I was pretty angry).

I said, so what am I supposed to do, offer more money now? He said of course not that is not how he does things. I asked him if the buyers had cash or were hoping to find financing, he said he had no idea. I wished him luck and left it at that.

Why do some people make business deals so difficult? Maybe I am just bitter, but dont make me sit down and talk numbers and terms if your going to tell me on my way out the door that your offering it to someone else first! My search continues.

End of rant.
No position on this but you said owner accepted your cash offer- why didn't you drive car away after paying or have a reciept/agreemeent from what you described? If not, you had no deal.

Used market is full of this crap.

Otherwise, like Hawks said.
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:46 AM
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You have to make it clear that your offer leaves with you. Unfortunately people often treat their private sales like an Ebay auction and use your offer to bounce off the first guy, very cheesy. Smile and walk away there is always another car, another house, another boat, etc. available for sale elsewhere. There are still gentlemen out there that can make a deal stick to it and seal it with a handshake. I would rather buy a car from one of them.

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Old 10-29-2007, 02:17 PM
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Johnshan - 10/27/2007 7:41 PM

Well, we found a nice used vehicle, private sale, went to the owner, test drove, talked numbers, said we have cash, then after all this he tells me that someone else drove the car earlier in the day and that he needed to make sure they didnt want to make an offer to purchase because the person said that they wanted to think about it with their life partner.

I said, thats not usually how it works, if they wanted to purchase it they should have made an offer on the spot, I just made mine, with cash, and we agreed to it, now this.

Got a phone call a few minutes ago, the guy said the other person is buying it.

I was fairly pissed off to be blunt, said that talking numbers and making a deal and then backing out at the end of it is not good business to say the least. I also said that if I wanted to I could problably make a big deal about the legality of agreeing to a deal and then selling to someone else (not sure if that has any merit but I was pretty angry).

I said, so what am I supposed to do, offer more money now? He said of course not that is not how he does things. I asked him if the buyers had cash or were hoping to find financing, he said he had no idea. I wished him luck and left it at that.

Why do some people make business deals so difficult? Maybe I am just bitter, but dont make me sit down and talk numbers and terms if your going to tell me on my way out the door that your offering it to someone else first! My search continues.

End of rant.
No position on this but you said owner accepted your cash offer- why didn't you drive car away after paying or have a reciept/agreemeent from what you described? If not, you had no deal.

Used market is full of this crap.

Otherwise, like Hawks said.
Because before I could pull the cash out of my wallet the seller told me he had to make sure someone else didnt want it first. You missed the point, he took the time to make a deal when he should have told me up front he needed to offer it to someone else first.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:24 PM
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Move on, but first,
send him a bill for your time, call it sales consulting.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:23 PM
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The first person should have left a deposit and gotten a receipt for the deposit with signatures from both parties and the balance owed...or else it's first come (with cash) first served. The seller should have told you upfront or sold you the car without a deposit from the first guy. I'd be po'd too.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:44 PM
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What REALLY happened is that someone came AFTER you offering more $$!

Sux but not uncommon!
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:01 PM
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mronzo - 10/29/2007 9:44 PM

What REALLY happened is that someone came AFTER you offering more $$!

Sux but not uncommon!
If you read the events that took place you would realize this is not the case.

I drove by today, the car is still sitting in his driveway with the sign off- guess the other party did not have cash- problably trying to go through a bank- what a loser this seller is!
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:14 PM
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Did you get your cash back? You didn't exactly say that you left a deposit - just that you said you have cash. Also you never said if he accepted your offer. If neither happened, why would you think you had an agreemnet/deal/contract? In these parts the bottom line is verbal accceptance of an offer almost always accompanied by a cash deposit and a written reciept.

If the car is still there and you still want it - make another offer???? (with deposit and reciept) .... unless the other guy actually left a deposit???

Whatever - dont stew over it .... that only hurts you...be good to yourself!!!!
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Typical in Floriduh
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:01 PM
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LI Sound Grunt - 10/31/2007 4:14 PM

Did you get your cash back? You didn't exactly say that you left a deposit - just that you said you have cash. Also you never said if he accepted your offer. If neither happened, why would you think you had an agreemnet/deal/contract? In these parts the bottom line is verbal accceptance of an offer almost always accompanied by a cash deposit and a written reciept.

If the car is still there and you still want it - make another offer???? (with deposit and reciept) .... unless the other guy actually left a deposit???

Whatever - dont stew over it .... that only hurts you...be good to yourself!!!!

If you read what I wrote you would know all those answers. Doesnt matter now, im done with it!
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