The trailer is the most costly factor I’ve ever purchased on craigslist. I knew I had no concept what I used to be stepping into with bartering and inspecting and all the opposite regular craigslist issues we’d be required to do to make it ours. So I known as my little brother. Child’s been shopping for and promoting shit (largely vehicles and different issues on wheels) on craigslist since he was 12 years outdated, and someway at all times makes a revenue. He instructed a beginning worth I assumed was slightly low, however we listened to his haggling recommendation and off we went. The next story outlines our “Craigslist Expertise” and concludes with somebody very helpful recommendation for anybody shopping for something on craigslist.
As we drove to view the trailer we made jokes about how bizarre/impolite/scary/unusual the man we have been shopping for from is likely to be. Turned out he was completely regular! He gave the impression to be in his early 30s, talked about his girlfriend so much, had an cute little pet, stated he’d gone tenting within the trailer only in the near past and every thing labored superb. He advised us he had “a number of individuals it.” We retreated to debate our choices within the automotive. After assembly the man, and seeing the trailer, we determined that the “beginning worth” my brother had given us was disrespectful – I imply the man constructed it himself! We couldn’t counsel lower than 2/three his asking worth!
So we up our supply a pair hundred and let him have it. His response: “When are you able to choose it up?”
Instantly we felt like idiots, we completely may have gone decrease – he didn’t even attempt to haggle! However it was achieved, so we moved on. As is, the trailer didn’t have lights, a mattress, or an air vent but. He wrote up a invoice of sale with an inventory of the issues he nonetheless wanted to do, and we gave him a down-payment, set a choose up date, and left feeling fairly happy with ourselves… in the interim…
Within the meantime, David put in the hitch and lighting on his automotive. When he arrived at pickup the lights didn’t work, however the man insisted that they labored on the way in which there, so David assumed one thing was improper on his finish. The man promised the mattress would arrive in two weeks, so David paid the remainder of what we owed and took it residence.
Seems the lights didn’t work. So David spent three weeks fixing them, solely to ultimately understand that as a result of they have been mounted on wooden, they weren’t grounded, and due to this fact had by no means labored. We additionally by no means noticed a mattress.
As soon as the lights labored we would have liked to get it registered. We set out on what we thought can be a fast journey to the city workplace. As an alternative, we have been knowledgeable that since we didn’t have a title, we would have liked to get it weighed and inspected, although it didn’t matter through which order. Sadly, that wasn’t true. We arrived 30 minutes later on the solely trailer “enhanced inspection” place within the county and have been advised they couldn’t do something and not using a weigh slip. So 45 minutes later we arrived at a truck cease to weigh the factor (the workplace window was above our heads, we needed to soar to speak to the girl inside). Guess what – the trailer was too mild to weigh! After two hours of no progress we went residence defeated.
A month later we tried once more. This time we went to a quarry to weigh it and have been profitable ($20…). Then we took a 45 minute drive to the inspection station the place we have been advised we would have liked the “invoice of sale” as proof of possession. I had even known as first to verify we had every thing we would have liked! Fortunately, I labored my magic (extra like bitched sufficient) to persuade the man that the pathetic invoice of sale was not what he was on the lookout for, it didn’t show possession anymore than a grocery receipt would. We walked away with a profitable inspection ($60…)!
… straight into the city workplace. On the way in which in David grumbled sarcastically, “This higher not value greater than $2.”
$260. Taxes. What a bitch.
We discovered a heck of so much from this expertise. To make it simpler for you I’ve spelled all of them out under. I believe most of those ideas might be used for any craigslist buy, teardrop or in any other case.
1. Don’t ever assume anybody is sweet.
I don’t care in the event that they’re cute, if they’ve a pet, if they appear outdated and candy, if they appear like superior mother and father, and even peaceable hippie yogis. Each. Single. Particular person. you purchase from on craigslist is out to screw you out of your entire cash. Now this will not be true, this most likely isn’t true, however you’ll want to deal with each side of your buy like it’s true. Particularly if what you’re shopping for prices some huge cash… like a teardrop trailer.
2. By no means EVER pay a dime till every thing is there and dealing.
Sadly, the man lived two hours away from us and frequent journey wasn’t ultimate. Nevertheless, if we have been good, which we weren’t, we wouldn’t have spent a penny till every thing was mounted, we had the mattress in hand, and we knew for sure that the lights labored. Don’t wager your cash on trusting a stranger, regardless of how good they appear.
three. All the time supply means decrease than you wish to. Hearken to your brother.
They’re a stranger, offending them shouldn’t be one thing you must fear about. Allow them to haggle, see how far they’ll go. Don’t supply your highest worth since you by no means know what’s on their thoughts. We overpaid for the teardrop, and we knew the second he accepted our supply as is. Ought to’ve listened to my little brother…
four. Taxes are a factor, whether or not you prefer it or not.
For those who’re shopping for a automotive, trailer, something that must be registered with the state you’re required to pay gross sales tax on the city workplace while you register it. Preserve this in thoughts while you set your backside supply. We have been completely naive and ended up paying far more than meant.
There’s not loads of data on-line about teardrop trailers. There’s even much less about the right way to register one which doesn’t have a title. Even the ladies on the city workplace and the lads on the inspection workplace have been confused. Don’t get rolled over, persist with your weapons, and hopefully the data I’ve supplied may also help you slightly bit.