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As a car enthusiast who absolutely loves older cars, I can be constantly found looking for cheap cars around the globe. I look for anything ranging from the cheapest Japanese rust buckets to exotic European supercars. With the amount of time I commit for the same, I have developed some experience. Clinging along with the experience are the pet peeves. They sometimes just bug my OCD, other times they are mildly infuriating but sometimes, they annoy me so much that I sit on my computer for hours, ranting about them and posting on DriveTribe! And you guessed it right – what you are reading at the moment is the materialisation of that annoyance. So here we go:
Annoyance #1 – Who needs a camera when you have a potato?
Posting proper pictures of the car you wish to sell is the bare minimum if you are serious and sane enough. However, a considerable number of listings I find on OLX and other sites do not have satisfactory pictures. My level of unsatisfaction also varies. Some listings only have interior pictures of the car; some have super zoomed up pictures of it; while some don't even bother to post pictures. You can also estimate one's level of care towards their car by it. For example, a listed car buried in sand screams negligence from the owner's side. Similarly, not covering all major portions of the car raises red flags concerning the blind spots. In the same vein, blurred pictures, or pictures taken in dark are equally infuriating and capable of turning away potential customers.
Annoyance #2 – OSM GOUD KUNDEESHAN
Right after you are satisfied with the car's main picture, you glance a bit lower and read the description. There, you expect the essential information of the car like year, make, model, trim and mileage. Several owners not bothering enough, write the one good old phrase - "Good condition". A questioning number of listings don't have anything to say about the car except that it is in "gud Kandisan". Half of my energy goes into cursing those who don't even bother to mention the transmission of the car. Thus, I have to stare deep into the blurry and shiny rear window of the car as that is the only photo I am provided with. The people who hold the highest pedestal though, are those who don't even state the fuel. I stand speechless for them.
Annoyance #3 – What's my car called?
Well… how hard and time-consuming can it be to go to the back of your car and read its name? It spells out the make and model right there and while posting the advertisement; all you have to do is copy/paste it. Yet, a forlorn tribe manages to mess that up. It is simply TRAUMITIZING to witness Hyundais while searching for Hondas. It is unforgivable for someone not to know the name of their car. You've to walk to a certain make's dealership, ask the salesperson for the car with the best efficiency, bargain unsuccessfully with them, disappoint your family by not buying the top trim, drive it home, keep it with you till it begs to leave and then post the ad. Now throughout this continuity, if you did not receive the chance of reading the name OR did not name your car while bragging about its efficiency, you are hopeless…
Annoyance #4 – Lack of Documents
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Everyone knows that something as simple as ensuring one's car can be a big hassle in its own right. Provided that, it is of extreme importance that a seller provides all the necessary documentation. Hardly would anyone buy an undocumented vehicle. Reason? Simple enough - you never know it has been through what. Perhaps something trivial like misplacement of documents or something serious like an undocumented grey import, God forbid – it could be a stolen vehicle. Therefore, proper documentation from the seller's side is extremely important and shall not be ignored.
Annoyance #5 – The buyer wouldn't know if I place a GTI badge on my VW Polo LOLZ
A common way to raise one's car on a high pedestal is to attach a heritable badge to it. This is widely despised by the car community around the world. It is mostly harmless as its just a way of expressing one's passion. However, that passion should not turn into greed when you sell your fake-badged car. An Audi A4 parallels an RS4 neither in performance nor in value. Therefore, faking it is just a technique of scamming the buyer.
Annoyance #6 – My car is 10 years old, I suppose it's a classic now!
There is a technical term, 'depreciation'. It applies almost everywhere. The phone you are reading on right now also depreciates. Your TV does it, your fridge and almost everything else. Well, I hate to tell it to you, but your car does too. Yes, vintage cars exist and they appreciate in value but your 2008 Toyota Innova? It isn't a Supra. A million of them were made; a thousand of them are available in my city. I wouldn't buy yours if you sell it for higher than you bought it for. I will move towards the other 999 Innovas. This pet peeve gets especially annoying when it comes to the cars I actually like. You wouldn't buy a $20k Toyota MR-2, would you? However, when push comes to shove and that is the only MR-2 in the whole country, you are compelled to spend 20 lakh rupees on it. And that is exactly what has been happening in the Indian car market for a long time. You wouldn't find your favourite car anywhere in the whole country and when you do, it is supposedly worth more than anything sane.