I want to buy something from Dan - anything.  Even if I don't need/want it.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:03 PM, WILTON via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com
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> ATTABOY!
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> Wilton
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Penoff via Mercedes" <
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> Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:57 PM
> Subject: [MBZ] Today's Cluster
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>  Got the wife’s former 2005 Mazda 6s all gussied up and Martha’ed
>> yesterday.  Took pictures last night, posted ad on CL and got a flood of
>> responses.
>>
>> First guy the responds back to me from the inquiries I got says he’ll be
>> right over to check the car out.  He sounds nice and solid.  He shows up
>> with son in tow, they look the car over, take it for a drive, come back and
>> give me my asking price.  Nice.
>>
>> I’m on the phone with the insurance company canceling the policy on the
>> car, and I keep getting these bursts of tone/static/whatever on the phone.
>> I chalk it up the insurance company routing me through a call center in
>> Bangalore to speak with “Andy” to determine where to route my call.
>>
>> I finish up and look at the phone and notice that the guy who bought the
>> car has been trying to call me.  Hmm. I call him back.
>>
>> He says the car is running poorly and acting funny.  Not good.  I tell
>> him to get back to my house ASAP and he can have his money back, as I’m not
>> about to sell a car with issues.  He says OK, and I pace in front of the
>> garage waiting for him to return.
>>
>> He gets back and I put the OBDII reader on the car.  P0305 - bum ignition
>> coil (COPs) on the #5 cylinder.  Dammit.
>>
>> “Can you fix it while we wait?”
>>
>> "Nope.  Here is your money, sorry for the inconvenience.”
>>
>> “But I want the car.  My son wants the car.”
>>
>> “I don’t sell cars with issues.  I stand behind anything I sell, and if
>> I’m not confident it’s good, I am not going to sell it to someone.”
>>
>> Long story short, he still wants the car.  It’s a graduation gift for his
>> son, and the kid was obviously smitten with it.
>>
>> I went out to FLAPS and got a new coil, took me all of five minutes to
>> swap (thank goodness it’s one of the ones in front!) and then road tested
>> the car on surface streets and the interstate without it missing a lick.
>> I’m going to send it over to the local stealer to give the once-over
>> tomorrow and I’ll go ahead and sell it to him.
>>
>> Dang, I felt like to real dick when he brought the car back.  I felt
>> worse for his son. I think the guy was so impressed with my honesty that he
>> was even more convinced he wanted the car.  I would’t have been able to
>> sleep if he had taken it the way it was and chalked things up to experience.
>>
>> How do car salesmen do it?  They must not have consciences.
>>
>> Dan
>>
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