Who is the ideal private seller to purchase a sports car from?
by, July 9th, 2010 at 05:11 PM (1834 Views)
Many will tell you that it's a Granny. Nobody really knows how Granny ended up with a sports car in the first place, but the key factor is that Granny won't have abused her car, so you will get something with low mileage in great shape.
I beg to differ.
IMO, you should buy your sports cars from someone who uses them the way they were designed. The perfect example? The kid who bought it at 16, drove it like he stole it for three years, and is now selling it for college tuition.
The problem with Granny is that she didn't drive it much, and when she did, she rarely used the pedals. So you're getting a car with a bunch of borderline components that haven't failed simply because she never stressed them - hardened rubber hoses, slipping clutch, tires that stick like bacon to teflon, stuck and rusted nuts and bolts and so on. When I was younger, my mother wore out her clutch - I could tell instantly, because it was slipping in 4th and 5th gears. When I told her that she needed a new clutch, and why, she reprimanded me for going fast enough to use those gears! She kept driving in 2nd and 3rd gear for another *year* before she broke down and replaced the clutch. I was tempted on more than one occasion to remove her accelerator pedal as dead weight.
On the other hand, the young kid has already broken anything that was going to break. As long as he hasn't pulled a stunt like going through the car and removing every washer to save weight... which I've seen happen, believe it or not... you're likely going to get a car with less reliability issues than the one from Granny.