Rubbish classic car adverts

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James Elliott
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Whether it is the dreadful spelling, a raft of factual inaccuracies about the model they are trying to sell, or just laughably bad pictures, there is something memorably irritating about rubbish adverts (especially on ebay). Share (or name and shame) them here.

I'll kick off with this.

Should read "Sold as not seen".

 

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Nuno Granja
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Its true James Elliot, but this kind of adverts are a "world wide trend". 

We can see them in portuguese car forums and magazines. Usually they say the car are "very rare" and only for "collectors", even if very often  the "very rare car" stay under open sky for years if not for decades.

Talking to those sellers in person can be a funniest experience to.

But if we are selling we can also receive intriguing anwsers from the opposite side of the market.

Buyer's who are working somewhere in africa, and love so much that Mk4 Cortina, that are ready to send a money check with a lot of more euros over the asking price to pay the shiping....

Buyers very interested in that car, that never show up or even call on the phone, but keep asking for more pics and info by e-mail, even if the advert have all the info about the car , plus 20 good pics showing everything that can be showed over an advert...

...and so on...

 

 

nuno granja

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I've never been able to work out why dealers put POA on their adverts. 

On the basis that this means "price on application", what exactly are they expecting? 

"I am ringing on behalf of my client, Mr Ecclestone, who is very interested in your car..." - presumably. 

It seems very odd, when one dealer in Jan's C&SC has four Astons aggregating over £1M, that others are more shy. 

Is there a trade trick that I am missing? because it's always struck me as a rubbish way of trying to sell a car. 

Silverghost
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I've never been able to work out why dealers put POA on their adverts. 

On the basis that this means "price on application", what exactly are they expecting? 

"I am ringing on behalf of my client, Mr Ecclestone, who is very interested in your car..." - presumably. 

It seems very odd, when one dealer in Jan's C&SC has four Astons aggregating over £1M, that others are more shy. 

Is there a trade trick that I am missing? because it's always struck me as a rubbish way of trying to sell a car. 

Finskin231
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An additional irritation, in adverts and elsewhere, is the (relatively recent computer) practice of squeezing or stretching photographs to fit the text, rather than fitting the text around the photo.  It buggers the proportions and makes a mockery of inserting a photo, not to mention the eye strain.  Perhaps you covered the point under the generalisation of  "laughably bad pictures" although I appreciate that in this instance you are referring to photos taken after dark with inadeqate lighting !  

PS. I bought my first car in the dark and was lucky.   A Triumph Renown that remained reliable, for years and years, despite the apparent lack of barrier between the oil and water circulations !     (OPP 824 : where are you now ?)