Forum Administrator RC Colas® & Moon Pies®
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1981 380SL 151K: 2001 E320 4Matic Estate 147K: 2008 E350 Sport 4Matic 120K: 2005 S500 116K
Location: The Land of Pleasant Living
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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?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?