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So my wife and I decided at the end of 2016 we needed new cars. We are not big car people and we don't like debt so this is an every ten year event. My old Lexus i sold to a friend of mine who is a REALTOR®, but my wife's car we decided to sell ourselves instead of a trade in because of the demand locally of Honda CRVs. This has been a great reminder of why using a professional REALTOR® to sell your home is driven home by my first day experience.

First, I woke up to a dozen text messages of, is your car still available? Then the scams started coming in. No they weren't from Nigeria, but within a hour I had two list price offers sight unseen but I would have to give them all sorts of information because they were too busty to come to the state to buy and just had no time to get a cashiers check. As Danny Glover said in Lethal Weapon, I'm getting to old for this shit.

This brings home why a FISBO is often a dumb idea in real estate. Security is one because how do I know these people don't mean me harm or to steal from me. I also have a very active life and I had to spend a lot of time today just fielding either people who are not serious or people working a scam. I wish the car industry was as good as we are and that is not to denigrate car salesmen, they work a lot more hours than we do. What we have from NAR down is a well organized system that is designed to protect the public, serve them, and do what is right. Now for my next trick is to find a consignment place that is reputable and can handle this. Danny Glover was right.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Excellent points, Joe. Been there done that a couple of times and it's a nuisance. For the last couple of cars we just did the trade-in  - so much easier in many ways. And one we gave to our daughter and her husband since they needed a second car.

The analogy with real estate and going it on your own is a good one especially around the issue of security!


Jan 03, 2017 08:48 PM #1
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
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Yes, just the huge influx of scams is enough to make anyone want to hire a pro.

Jan 03, 2017 09:19 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe all great points and I hated to trade my old Lexus RX 330 in ... no reason but here in LA if you drive a ten year old car people think you are not successful... so I traded it in for a Lexus RX 350 and now I am thrilled... but a bit jealous, Diane's Honda has some features that I wish I had...Endre

Jan 03, 2017 10:56 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  So far I've never had a vehicle last for 10 years.  About 7 at best and then I'm off to another one.  I think our next vehicles will be either a Honda or another Kia. 

Jan 04, 2017 04:26 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for sharing your experience. In our area, I would hesitate to advertise a car for sale from our home.

Jan 04, 2017 05:17 AM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Oh boy.  You just aren't safe from these creepos in any situation any longer.  We have  Lincoln dealer who we have bought from over the past 20 years.  We trade the cars every 3 years and they take care of us.  Do we leave some loot on the table?  Probably - but it is better than the aggrivation of dealing with the public.  Nobody has time for that and I completely agree with Danny Glover.

Jan 04, 2017 09:40 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make an excellent point with that title line, Joe!  Most folks can count on their home being either the largest, or among the largest of investments they will make in their lifetimes.  That's no realm to delve in alone.  Working with a professional is important!

Jan 04, 2017 05:16 PM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

My last car I decided to trade instead of sell outright. The savings on the sales tax almost made up for the difference. I just don't want the hassle to show and haggle.

Jan 04, 2017 07:09 PM #8
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Joe Pryor ,  You make a valid point. Let someone else do the dirty work.  That's how we sold our motor home.  It was definately worth effort.  I told him what I wanted out of it and he would get whatever was left.  It was gone in a couple of weeks and I had my money.

Jan 13, 2017 04:19 PM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This was great! As I was reading your story, I had visions of my dad sitting at the kitchen table reading out loud the newspaper, with interjections about what he thought. Only this time, you were telling the story and I really enjoyed how you told a good story from beginning to end. You have great potential for writing newspaper columns or in this case, AR Blogs! In my opinion you're a winner Joe! 

Jan 23, 2017 08:59 PM #10
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