|Quote, originally posted by vw fiend »|
|done and done. why does it seem to be too good to be true? anyone want to take bets as to whats wrong?|
I'm not sure it is "too good to be true":
1. The FS thread notes that at least the odometer (and so probably the speedometer, too) doesn't work, and GLI-specific clusters are hard-to-find/expensive, IIRC. That hurts its value.
2. Also, it's a theft recovery with branded title. Car thieves obviously don't treat cars with respect, which leaves some question about what it's been subjected to. That, and the title brand, also hurt its value.
3. It has collision history -- even if it was repaired correctly, that hurts its value, too.
4. Unless you know Dubs, even a GLI is "just another old Jetta" -- outside the enthusiast market, I'm not sure they hold much more value than a GL in the same condition. That keeps the value down.
5. The seller just plain needs money, it sounds like, which gives him incentive to move the car for less than it might technically be worth. (The flip side is, maybe he's looking at a new car because he's tired of putting money into this one -- but that's what your independent mechanic inspection is for!)
So I don't really think it's too good to be true, assuming it checks out acceptably to a mechanic. A very good deal for a car that smart guys like us know is desirable, yes -- but not too good to be true.
Modified by OstTrefftWest at 11:37 AM 10-10-2003