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Giant

Selling The A2

I listed the A2 on AutoTrader last night and have had six calls already. The first person who called is coming to look tomorrow afternoon, they wanted to do am, I can't.

The callers since the first phoned have been told someone is coming at three tomorrow, I'll let you know if they don't show or don't buy. Two callers have become downright abusive when I declined their wishes to view tonight, the more eloquent of the two telling me 'You'll be laughing on the other side of your pious face when the time waster cunt doesn't turn up tomorrow and youll have lost my transaction too.'  

Clearly not someone I'd want to be dealing with in person anyhow! Those two, plus one other were adamant they need to see tonight or not at all, which raises suspicions somewhat!

So, when selling a car, do you organise viewings on a first call, first to see basis, or quickest to get to your front door?

I hate dealing with people!
TreVoR

First to call, first to see is the honourable way to do it and the way I do it. It happens with horses sometimes too.

I would refuse to see anyone that became abusive. Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.

ETA - unless the first to call wants to see it in a month's time or other stupid time.
JohnC

I agree that first to call should be first to see provided they don't want to wait too long. If they said they could only view it late on Sunday, I think I would let others see it first but let the first caller know and give him a chance to change his plans.

Those who get abusive I steer clear of completely.

I also like to sell/buy a car in the daylight and have someone with me.

Make sure you know exactly what you are doing with the V5 and make sure you advise DVLA immediately you sell it, online.
Frank Bullitt

JohnC wrote:
I agree that first to call should be first to see provided they don't want to wait too long. If they said they could only view it late on Sunday, I think I would let others see it first but let the first caller know and give him a chance to change his plans.


Agree entirely - you've advertised it at a fantastic price and buyers will have spotted the BOSE, electric rear windows and leather that you have carefully pictured or referred to   the arseholes know full well that there will be a selection of people beating a path to your door to strip the car for parts. There are a couple of people/ places who specialise in stripping A2's one of them local to me and he is known to be an arsehole with comedy pricing; I have no doubt he was one of those you spoke to as he is equally twattish when selling, I have never dealt with him but a few people I know have.

That'll be gone by the end of the weekend.
Roadsterstu

Why do some people need to be such wankers?
Big Blue

First to call and arrange gets priority. That is the only way a gentleman should behave.

When I sold my late father's car the first caller came on a Sunday. In the interim I had another genuine call (both were parents buying for teenagers) and advised him that I had an appointment but would call him back after the viewing. The first to see bought and I duly called the other interested party to advise them, for which he was extremely grateful.

I can't understand why there is any reason to behave otherwise. That's how I'd want people to deal with me.
Roadrunner

Big Blue wrote:
First to call and parrange gets priority. That is the only way a gentleman should behave.

When I sold my late father's car the first caller came on a Sunday. In the interim I had another genuine call (both were parents buying for teenagers) and advised him that I had an appointment but would call him back after the viewing. The first to see bought and I duly called the other interested party to advise them, for which he was extremely grateful.

I can't understand why there is any reason to behave otherwise. That's how I'd want people to deal with me.


Absolutely agree. This is very much how it went when I sold my father's Jaguar. Being on the other side is painful though. Twice I have missed out on genuine vintage barn find bargains by being the second caller.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

A2 on Autotrader? Does this mean that the Astra has arrived?
Is it any good?
Roadsterstu

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
A2 on Autotrader? Does this mean that the Astra has arrived?
Is it any good?


Think the Astra was on quite a long lead time wasn't it?
gooner

It's the cheapest A2 with leather and Bose so don't take any crap. If anything I think you've advertised it a tad cheaply and could get asking a few hundred quid more, but if depends how quick a sale you want.
Giant

Frank Bullitt wrote:
JohnC wrote:
I agree that first to call should be first to see provided they don't want to wait too long. If they said they could only view it late on Sunday, I think I would let others see it first but let the first caller know and give him a chance to change his plans.


Agree entirely - you've advertised it at a fantastic price and buyers will have spotted the BOSE, electric rear windows and leather that you have carefully pictured or referred to the arseholes know full well that there will be a selection of people beating a path to your door to strip the car for parts. There are a couple of people/ places who specialise in stripping A2's one of them local to me and he is known to be an arsehole with comedy pricing; I have no doubt he was one of those you spoke to as he is equally twattish when selling, I have never dealt with him but a few people I know have.

That'll be gone by the end of the weekend.


I've added pictures on your recommendation!  

I don't know whether to advertise it in the A2 owners forum, they require a ten pound donation to allow an advert.

Roadsterstu wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
A2 on Autotrader? Does this mean that the Astra has arrived?
Is it any good?


Think the Astra was on quite a long lead time wasn't it?


The Astra isnt due until late February. I've got a 116d car in the mean time that a colleague had before opting out of the company car scheme. I should do a write up of it, I've grown to like it more and more. I fear the Astra will feel a step down once it arrives!
Giant

First to view was a woman wanting the car for a runabout, clueless about cars and also viewing far newer/lower milage cars, for similar price. For what she wanted, a low milage fiesta, which she had just viewed would be a better bet and I virtually told her so. I was completely (possibly too) honest, went through every niggle with her, but equally tried to explain the seats and stereo would make the car worth virtually the same price even if anything major did go wrong. She went away to think, and later made an offer that was too low but would let her know if I changed my mind.

Just taken a call from a guy from the Midlands who is an A2 fan who seems honest and wants it for the seats for his own Castle Red A2 and plans to make a 550 round trip tomorrow, so fingers crossed!
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadrunner wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
First to call and parrange gets priority. That is the only way a gentleman should behave.

When I sold my late father's car the first caller came on a Sunday. In the interim I had another genuine call (both were parents buying for teenagers) and advised him that I had an appointment but would call him back after the viewing. The first to see bought and I duly called the other interested party to advise them, for which he was extremely grateful.

I can't understand why there is any reason to behave otherwise. That's how I'd want people to deal with me.


Absolutely agree. This is very much how it went when I sold my father's Jaguar. Being on the other side is painful though. Twice I have missed out on genuine vintage barn find bargains by being the second caller.


Same.

When I sold the 535 I had 3 calls before 10am after the ad went out that morning. I rang in order of calling and the first caller finished his coffee and drove straight down from Stoke and had bought it by 12.

What made me smile with the subeseqent callers who'd ring and start telling me why I had to sell to them at a knock down price before I could even tell them it had sold. Which made telling it had sold within a few hours for virtually the asking price all the more rewarding.

Just be careful with payment, bank transfer or cash (if you've a note checker) are my preferences.
Racing Teatray

When we sold my wife's smart, I arranged the first viewing for 11.00 on Saturday morning and the second viewing for 11.30. The desired effect was duly had that the first lot saw the second lot arrive and wait and vice-versa. First lot offered 3,750 against a 4k asking price and said they'd go away and think about it over lunch. Second lot happily offered the full 4k to secure it then and there.
Giant

The A2 went on Monday night, a trader/breaker came from Birmingham (196miles e/w) and collected it on a flat bed. Due to traffic, road closures he didn't turn up until 22:45. Didn't drive it and paid 750.

Similarly to the others in the 'ageing process' thread, I had become strangely attached to it despite only owning it for 9months, and have felt stupidly melancholic about it not going to someone who will treasure it like I did nor use it directly for parts for a similarly cherished A2.

It was a car bought out of necessity, although I'd wanted an A2 and I never expected to bond with it as deeply as I had.

The 116d that's temporarily replaced it is nice, and I've been surprised how the styling has really grown on me from all angles apart from head on, but I think the Astra is going to seem terribly '4m of car' devoid of personality or lovable flaws in comparison to the A2.

Edit: I've just realised how many times I put A2 in the paragraphs above, mainly because I've never referred to it mentally as the/an Audi, the brand was irrelevant to me
PR

Well done on your sale!

When I sold the 130i the first caller didn't commit to a viewing. The second caller, on the same day, agreed to come and view it the following morning when I was taking it for a service. I left a message with caller 1 to this effect and tried calling again in the morning. They didn't answer; caller 2 turned up and I told him someone else might be coming along. He drove the car, went away, called me a short while later to say he'd have it and brought round a cash deposit that evening. He paid the full asking price - I wasn't going to accept a penny less as it was the cheapest one on Autotrader with the best spec. Oh and I never heard from caller 1 again.
TreVoR

That seemed nice and easy.  I have two people interested in the Merc, but both are way down south and are yet to arrange a viewing.

It is one of only 3 E500 estates on the market at the moment and both of the others are pre-facelift cars with the unreliable gearbox and smaller engine.

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