I like getting a good deal on Craigslist. Recently I've been car shopping for one of my kids. I always buy my kids their *starter* car.
Criteria ; Automatic, good on gas, 2 door.
Found a craigslist ad for a 2000 Suzuki Swift. 1.3l auto with 118,000 km's. Asking $3000, which I thought was steep. But I wanted to see it. I asked how long he had owned it and he said "bought it in October 2010"... which set off my alarms a bit as to why someone buys a car and then sells it so fast.
Off I went....
Turns out the guy had some sort of medical issue and he no longer feels safe to drive. When I met him, I could see why. He seemed in rough shape.
I took it for a test drive... everything worked fine, seemed like a nice little car. So I asked him "How quick are you wanting to sell the car?".. he said no rush.
Not wanting to beat down a guy on rough shape, I said... "I'll buy the car tomorrow, what is your best price?"
He said.. "$2200 is as low as I'll go.." so I said, "Fine, I'll be here with $2200 tomorrow".
Fast forward to today. I pick up the car. He gives me an entire wallet of the vehicle history as well as the bill of sale.
It's a 2 owner car, impressively maintained. The bill of sale total from October is
$4400.00. Clearly he overpaid, including the $395 doc fee he'd haggled down from $495.
Nice to score a decent car at good value. A shame to see someone lose 50% of their
money in a matter of months. He'd driven it a total of 4000kms, or 6 tanks of gas.
We've nicknamed the car the "Silver Bullet" since it's grey. Nice little unit.