Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday Videos & A Note

BMW Museum - BMW-web.tv has been disappointing so far. For the most part, the videos are very short and not very informative. This video is of the BMW Museum. It's short and not very informative, but the architecture is pretty cool and it's worth watching just to see the piece of "sculpture" at the very end.

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Walter Cronkite at Lime Rock /Monaco and On Racing
- I'm not sure what year this is from, but it shows some great old cars and old racing footage.
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A Note...
As I've mentioned before, I don't often get to see the cars I write about. If I won the lottery tonight (which won't happen because I didn't buy a ticket) I'd spend the next few months driving around North America looking at and writing about cars. I can't think of a better way to spend some time.

Earlier tonight, I received an e-mail from a person who bought a car I wrote about. He bought it before knowing about this site and before reading about the car, but he wanted me to know that the car was not what it was represented to be. Below is his e-mail. I edited some of the content of his e-mail, because, while I believe him, I (as usual) haven't seen the car...

I would just like to let you know i am the lucky purchaser of this fine XXXXX automobile. I was wondering if you would be interested in writing a update to this article to let people know how the car really is and what you can end up with on Ebay. Yes as you may have guessed by now the seller was not honest about the vehicle. I can send you proper pictures of this vehicle if you are interested. The car's Passenger side rocker is completely rusted off, the boot has rusted threw holes. and there is a 10" square rusted out missing area under the hood ( the in the hood picture on ebay just misses it ). The doors are from a different XXXXXX since the paint is a different shade of green, why was this not stated on EBAY? The car does also have the "Spots" he had mentioned as well, rusted around lights handles etc.
I maybe a more honest person than i need to be , but i really do feel that the damaged areas should have been shown on Ebay..

Basically i am very disappointed with this automobile, the sellers response was have you ever heard of "buyer beware" and "you should have looked at in person" , which i suppose i should have. I would not mind getting your professional opinion if the car actually matches the add.

Please know your site did not influence me to purchase the vehicle, i purchased it and then figured out you had also written a write up on it. Let me know if you are interested and i can get some pictures sent to you.

Two things come to mind here. First of all, it is a really good idea to look at any car you see listed before buying it. BUT, having said that, it's not always feasible to do that and that's where honesty comes in. It sounds like this car was significantly different from what it was described as being in the eBay listing.

In the last 15 years the internet has changed how we buy cars and how we're able to buy cars. If you want, say, a green BMW 850i, you can click on Craigslist, eBay, AutoTrader.com and any number of sites and find one. Before the internet you'd have to look in the local papers and wait for one to show up. It could take months (I remember when I bought my Alfa Romeo Milano I had to wait weeks, which seemed like an eternity, for the model I wanted in the color red to appear in an ad). But internet buying only works if the seller is honest. The car the Just A Car Geek reader sent me the e-mail about was a car, based on the seller's description, I would have bought if I had the room to store it. I can only imgaine his disappointment and anger when it finally arrived.

Anyway, the point of this post is to remind everyone that when I write "this car appears to be in great shape", or words like that, I'm taking the word of the seller. It's also a reminder to sellers that when you write "this car is in great condition" or words like that, please be honest and make sure it is.

Caveat emptor.

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