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Get Off My Lawn. It’s Not for Sale. Thanks for Asking. Please Go Now.

Posted June 13, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto classified Subaru

Here’s how I know I’m old. I bought, brand new, a car that people are now hunting me down to ask to buy.

It’s a time-honored tradition: you’re driving through a neighborhood, you spy an old car of some sort on a driveway, or under a tarp, or peeking out of a garage. You ring the bell and inquire. And you’re either offered a screaming deal on the spot, or you’re turned away at the door. Or you’re brought in for a cup of tea and become friends with the owners as you bide your time and wait for them to die.

I am the one who will turn you away at the door.

Just in the past year, I’ve been on the receiving end of a steady trickle of queries about selling my 200,000+-mile 2002 Subaru WRX wagon. For reasons unexplained (beyond “I’m an a-hole,” anyway) this completely enrages me.

Stop asking to buy my car already, people!

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06/13/2018 10:49 AM

This is easily solved by putting a 'For Sale' sign on it, asking a ridiculously high price, and adding that the price is firm, cash only, and no negotiation is accepted....

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06/13/2018 11:15 AM

Just your luck that someone will pay it.

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06/13/2018 12:59 PM

Then I'll go out and buy a couple more...haha

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06/14/2018 10:57 AM

Doesn't the saying go that "everything has it's price"? Even sentimental value can be overcome by $, unless you already have more of them ($ that is) than you will ever need or could ever hope to spend.

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06/18/2018 2:54 PM

That thing? They must think you will let the car go cheap.

It is perfect for the kid who is learning to drive perhaps. And it is privately owned and maintained not something sitting at "A-1 Autos." So it has value in a needy but not universal way. It's not a sporty car in my eyes, but I don't know, add fart pipes and a powerful stereo and woo-ee.

If they only knew it had 200,000+ miles on it, they'd leave you alone.

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