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Am I about to be Futt Bucked?

Ever run into those 2 guys in the white van who pull up and ask, "Dude, you wanna buy some speakers?"?

Well, it got really warm today so I took the hard top off the SL. By myself. Leetle scratchy marks on the boot so I stopped by Advance for a bottle of Meguiars Scratch Remover (wasn't thrilled by it).

Anyhow, there's an older (early 50's) black gent (Al)who pulls up in a '91 420 SEL. The car ran beautifully and looked pretty nice except for a missing piece of trim in front of the rear wheel and the paint on the roof was flat and ugly (Dark Blue since you asked). He's talking to another guy and he mentions that he paid a grand for it (200K miles). Turns out Al has recently acquired a used car dealer license and he goes to the auctions.

The Advance guy comes out of the store because he's helping the other guy with some car trouble and he backs up Al's story. Seems he bought his Benz from Al. Al starts talking about the cars he's bought and the people he's taken to Manheim (Near Hershey, PA) which is a couple of hours away from where we are in this parking lot. Then he starts talking about Bentley Arnages and Jags and Mercedes and BMW's, et al. Then he talks about how everyone he takes goes slack jawed when they see all the choice cars and the low prices the dealers pay (compared to what the cars cost at retail). He gets a kick out of the reaction. Then he offers to take the other guy and me to Manheim tonight!

The thing is, I'm tempted. I'm posting, though, so obviously, I didn't go. We exchanged phone numbers. Never saw the man before in my life but he was talking AMG's for under 10k!

Al charges 10% of the auction price as his commission and he provides contracts etc.

So maybe in a couple of weeks, I'll call him and my brother in law and I will go for a ride. Just lookin', yanno?

Will it be my last?

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Ask KamiL if you can borrow his mace.

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don't go there man !, they have a gimp waiting for ya
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Did he look like this?
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Ask KamiL if you can borrow his mace.
Why? Is he uncircumcised?

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don't go there man !, they have a gimp waiting for ya
What if I was packing?

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Did he look like this?
The funny looking man had such a pretty car. I wanted to get in it.

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Why? Is he uncircumcised?
I don't know -- no skin off of me.....

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Over the next week or so you can check out his story. Then you can go to Manheim with him. It will BLOW YOU AWAY. However, my advice would be to have someone at home with a computer available that you can run VINs against on Carfax while you are in the Inspection lot. That way you can separate the nice one owner cars that were in Florida/NOLA Hurricanes in the past couple of years and are now surfacing.

Be warned, there are sharks at Manheim so really good deals do not go cheap.

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The part of your brain that controls your wants and desires (greed) cannot work at the same time as the 'reasoning' part of the brain. That's why so many, seemingly intelligent people, fall for those Nigerian scams. That being said, mentally remove your want/desire and what's left will be your answer.

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You could get steamrolled.



About those speaker guys, they need to update their inventory. Nobody has those GIANT towers anymore,lol.

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