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Old 04-13-2013, 09:40 AM
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Just last night at the shop I had a very interesting experience in this regard. I wasn't asked for my advice but gave it anyway. A lady in the office was buying a car, kinda odd, but this guy shows up with a Lexus ES350 and parks it in my way, that is why I went to the office to get the keys. She is there at her desk doing the paperwork with him. I notice a "California Salvage Title" on the desk and made a bee line for the car to be sure she KNEW what she was buying. The car had super low miles (common for cars that spent a year in a salvage yard and repairs in someones back yard) and it didn't take long to find HORRIBLE work on the right rocker that had been hit REAL hard, hard enough that the floor was damaged. Both doors replace, horrible gaps, just crap work, horrible paint, interior panels held on with hardware screws going thru them instead of the hidden clips from the factory, it was a POS. So I went in there and before she could sign the papers I asked if she knew how bad it had been damaged? She said her husband looked it over. The guy is a very sharp guy been around bodyshops for years (he is in the computer business and sells office management systems specializing in bodyshops) and she asked me to call him. I called him and he was aware of all this and that he was ok with it being it was so cheap. I personally wouldn't want the car but it seemed safe enough and if he can live with the flaws that's his business, well hers, she is the one who will be driving it. But it was so funny how appreciative they both were that I ran out there and looked it over and called him. I got a text later on from her thanking me. Funny how different people can be.


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Old 04-13-2013, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by 66GMC View Post
My classic answer:
"Speed costs money, son. How fast do you want to go?"
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:52 AM
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I may be "that guy".

I ask LOTS of questions. I ask LOTS of people.

I don't ever discount what anyone says. Every answer is worth something to me. It may not work this time but, maybe NEXT time I have the same problem.

I think the reason I ask repeat questions is the fact that I'm looking for the EXACT answer NOT a general answer.

Sometimes I'm not smart enough to fill in the blanks left by a general answer.

To anyone I offend by my questions, I'm sorry.
We can't ALL be the brightest bulb in the pack.

In my own defense, I'm smart enough to ALWAYS use the Search Option and Spell Check.

i take the parts per million approach
ask 100 guys the same question
if the majority agrees that a certain thing is right.
it probably is.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:09 AM
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Been there, done that..."hey what do you think of this car ?? After I critique it they comment, "why are you so negative ? Um, because it's a POS ?

I've learned with time to reply that I just work on my own stuff.
"I know nothing"
Good Luck now.....
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:35 PM
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I can relate to this one! However, When my father calls for computer support, I learned to pawn him off on my siblings.
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